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Is School Enough?

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Is School Enough? documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. This new approach reaches motivated students as well as kids that educators call “the bright and bored,” helping these learners tune in rather than drop out.

Factory Funner

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In Factory Funner, players are factory managers who select and install machines in their factory. They try connect all machine input and output pipes to the right reservoirs or to other machines in order to build the most profitable configuration. A new machine brings revenue.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Content Area: 
Science
Computer Science
Play Time: 
40 min.
Factory Funner

STEM Epic Heroes

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A fun, simple, fast paced card game in which you team up with the greatest minds in history in an epic race to make discoveries. Unleash the special abilities of Heroes such as Nikola Tesla, Emmy Noether, and George Washington Carver to try to outwit and outplay your opponents.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Content Area: 
Business/Technology
Play Time: 
20 min.
STEM Epic Heroes

Designing Parachutes: Analyzing Data and Improving Design | Engineering is Elementary

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In this professional development video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Jean Facchiano has her fourth grade students build and test their parachute designs. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

Process Technology Student: Oil Refinery Process Technician

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Observe how Sandra Garcia is studying to be a process technician, and learn about the field of process technology in this video adapted from Pathways to Technology. Sandra explains how her love of science brought her to community college after years away from school and how she's looking forward to a career in process technology. Also learn about the mysterious refractometer and how it can keep things running smoothly in a refinery.

Designing Parachutes: Setting a Context for Engineering | Engineering is Elementary

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In this professional development video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Jean Facchiano reads a story about an engineering problem and engages her fourth grade students in discussing how the story characters apply the engineering design process.The lesson shows students working on Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

Radioactivity iLab

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Discover a remote online laboratory technology called iLab Central and take a tour of the Radioactivity iLab, which investigates how distance affects the intensity of radiation. See a simulation that allows students to explore how a Geiger counter works and learn about the concepts involved. Learn how the program guides students through planning an experiment, making lab journal entries, watching a live webcam view of their experiment running at a laboratory in Australia, and completing data collection and analysis. This video is from the Northwestern University Office of STEM Education Partnerships.

STEM Alive | OVERVIEW

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STEM ALIVE is a series of educator training videos focused on STEM topics. Each video invites educators to explore a new STEM-based hands-on activity guaranteed to spark student interest and motivate further scientific inquiry.

Benefits of Using a Human Model

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In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science, teacher Monica Chrambach leads her seventh-grade students through an activity using a model of the digestive system. Chrambach explains that one benefit of using models like this one is that it helps students remember the message—in this case, that enzymes cut up food at a chemical level. By allowing students to engage with models in a fun and messy way, she is able to teach subjects that may otherwise be too abstract or complex to be meaningful at this age.

Designing Parachutes: Beginning the Engineering Design Process | Engineering is Elementary

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In this professional development video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Jean Facchiano has her fourth grade students start the design process to create parachutes that will carry a small load. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

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