Curriculum to Help Students Realize the Impact of STEM and Imagination
Electronics company RS Components in the UK has launched Imagine-X, a series of free curriculum-aligned resources that link STEM subjects to real people who have used their skills to make the world a better place—to broaden horizons, empower the disadvantaged, and diversify life choices. Current lesson plans, which cover biomechanicalengineering for students aged 7–14, are available to download for free from the RS Components STEM Hub. A lesson presentation is also available for elementary and middle school levels, and a worksheet for elementary. The biomechanical engineering resources focus on how technology can be used to develop prosthetics and the wider concept of how technology can be used to improve people’s lives. Elementary and middle school teachers, education experts, and students at these levels all helped develop the student resources.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, and now applying is easier than ever: first create an account (so you can be notified if you win); then provide your school information in the online form; and finally answer two simple questions. That’s it. You have applied for a chance to win a share of $3 million for your classroom!
The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) is an online tournament for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, coding, robotics, and technology career paths. CRCC enables teachers, schools, and districts to engage students with technology and develop STEM awareness while they compete in the gamelike competition.
Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.
Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.
Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.