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
Rube Goldberg, Inc. develops curricula designed to bring laughter and invention together in STEM- and STEAM-friendly activities. A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption that accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated—and funniest—way possible.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.
An initiative of Microsoft Philanthropies, TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the United States and in British Columbia, Canada, build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science.