Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of February.
1. Siemens STEM Day
The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have launched Siemens STEM Day, a website that includes more than 130 elementary and middle school activities, as well as high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. Siemens STEM Day offers standards-aligned, hands-on classroom activities and Educator Support with five-minute thematic refreshers designed to help educators prepare for the hands-on activities.
GoNoodle turns movement into a game and makes it easy to be active, the youth way-energetic, playful, and fun. Just press play on hundreds of custom-created videos to get children running, jumping, dancing, stretching, and practicing moments of mindfulness.
RobotBASIC is a multifeatured, general purpose, versatile programming language with an integrated robot simulator. RobotBASIC enables users to simulate a robot with many types of sensors, control a real robot using the wireless protocol, create animated simulations and video games, handle complex engineering problems, motivate students to learn, and create contests for robotics clubs.
4. “Oversharing” Rap Video
Designed for students in grades 6-12, Flocabulary's “Oversharing” animated rap video offers 10 tips for appropriate posting and sharing on social media. The tips include thinking about the reader when posting on social media, avoiding sharing too much personal information, and being mindful of privacy settings.
5. Code Warriors: Hakitzu Battles
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, is celebrating 10 years of helping educators teach STEM while tackling local community issues and winning technology for their school. To celebrate, Samsung is giving away up to $3 million in prizes and selecting more winners than ever before. Take a few minutes and submit your application to participate today.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.