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.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in October.
The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all US middle school and high school students. Unlike most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions.
Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, provides a unique experience for youth to make discoveries about the importance of intellectual property while exploring, creating, and designing. The program promotes STEM learning; builds leadership, perseverance, and resourcefulness; and encourages entrepreneurship.