I was able to sit down with Kingsford Middle School Robotics Team member, Emma!
She has been working on the KMS Robotics team for years.
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This episode talks about building a stool...but also how to engage kids with carpentry skills and tools.
- Measuring Tape
- Hammer and Nails
- Screwdriver and screws
- Stain and Paint
With the COVID19 pandemic, we are all looking for things to do with our kids at home.
The STEM Teacher Podcast was MADE FOR THIS!
E80 covers other episodes that will help you out, as well as gives some other ideas.
One of my very best friends, Kyle Anderson, has published a book that is available today!
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He is the co-host of two podcasts, find them here:
The Beer EDU Podcast: The podcast for educators that love to learn and share ideas with fellow educators over beers! Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! #BeerEDUpod
Sons of Technology Podcast: Risk Taking Ideas to promote collaboration and change in classroom pedagogy and student innovation. #EdTechARMY #DitchThatFEAR #TamashaEDU #EDUsofInnovation
Love you big guy!
Could not be more proud!
My son recently joined the Cub Scouts and one of the first things we did was earn his Whittling Chip and complete the "Bear Claws" adventure.
Whittling can be a lot of fun as long as you do it safely!
Bear Claws Adventure: https://boyscouttrail.com/cub-scouts/bear-claws-adventure.php
Whittling Chip: http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/award/whittling_chip-434.asp
In this episode, we talk about how to do some detective work!
We talk about fingerprints, blood spatter, discovering different substances, and identifying bootprints!
It has been a LONG time since we pushed out an episode here on, "The STEM Teacher Podcast!"
This one isn't completly STEM related, but it's helping us get back in the grove.
In this episode we talk with my son, James VanDusen, about him playing football with his friends and also helping out on the Kingsford Flivver Sidlines for JV and Varsity football games.
I have had a binder with me over the past 12 years of teaching that I just keep adding to. It is full of brain busting puzzles. I go over a few in this episode. See if you can figure them out!
This episode turned into a bit of a rant.
I read an old blog post of mine from 2017 about failure, we talk about how failure might be a good thing, and I finish with some quotes on failure.
Buckle your seat belt...this one is a bumpy ride.
We talk about a 3 week project we do in my room with all kinds of different spheres and how you can have fun at home by letting them ROLL!
My students learn about the habitat and sounds associated with the Wild Turkey!
National Wild Turkey Federation
The Kingsford Flivver Flash
Kingsford Flivver Football
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In this episode, long time STEM Teacher Podcast member, James, comes on to tell us some of his favorite games and activities to play both inside and outside. Spoiler alert.....none of them are screen games!
I talk with Maria and Mikayla from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Maria is the Student Engagement Coordinator and Mikayla is a C2 Pipeline Student Assistant.
We talk about the C2 pipeline and the student outreach to local high schools and the cool activities available in their STEM lab
It’s a short but CrAzY week before we kick off spring break!
We talk about a fast and fun game we can play with a pair of die!
Keep Calm your Internet is on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYys_Jg9xz4
Heading into spring break, here are some other episodes to keep you and your kiddos busy!
Episode 3: Spring Break STEM
Episode 10: Rainy Day STEM
Episode 12: Anatomy of a Car Ride: STEM edition
Episode 33: Screen Time STEM
Episode 35: DIY Birdfeeder
The Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) held it’s 2019 conference in Detroit, MI. I was lucky enough to attend for the 3rd year in a row. This was my first year presenting! My presentation was on podcasting, and it’s available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Iya6f8claI49hX7PYPdHgTe8Ot4Fh6alm1Aru7Ebg7I/edit?usp=sharing
Stephen Ritz- Founder of the Green Bronx Machine; author: “Power of the Plant.”
Community Podcasting @rmbyrne
Measuring can be fun! In this episode we talk about how Pre-K through 4th graders are measuring to the nearest inch. You can do it with any age! We also preview the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) 2019 conference in Detroit.
Stephen Ritz- Founder of the Green Bronx Machine; author: “Power of the Plant.” Twitter: @StephenRitz
Gerry Brooks- Elementary school principal and YouTube sensation Twitter: @gerrybrookssprin YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6WUaQSC_AfKZrinPuhVFw
Working with perimeter can be fun, even if you don't know how to measure things!
We go over the definition of perimeter as well as things you see every day to get our minds wrapped around what perimeter is.
We also talk about how to find things with perimeter and how to measure them EVEN IF you can't use a ruler!
There are few bonus perimeters at the end, you'll have to listen to find out what they are!
March is reading month...but why?
Learn what we are doing in Kingsford for MiRM as well as things that might be happening at your local library.
I go over some STEM books that your younger elementary children might find interesting as well as some books for those tweens/teens in your life.
Last but not least, you will find out WHY March is Reading Month!
Why, oh why, oh how could it be?
It it because I read in a tree? ***That's your hint ;)
The books I review can be found here: https://theworks.org/stem-books-for-your-summer-reading-list/
The microscope has been around since the 1500's!
Learn how it was invented, the three types, and all the fun you can have looking at household items under your very own microscope!
Lean the science behind tongue twisters and how they slow down your brain! There are 3 types of tongue twisters as well as a type for ASL!
With 3 "COLD DAYS" out of the last four school days, here are 4 more ideas for things your children can do. Part I had a lot of "loud" ideas, these are "quiet."
CAUTION: MIND BLOWING INFORMATION!!!!
Learn about the sun, the planets, moons, and why Pluto is no longer a planet! I would say this podcast is "EARTH SHATTERING"....but it's bigger than that!
Learn 6 different STEM activities you can do (besides Screens...check out Episode 33 for that!) to keep busy at a restaurant while waiting for your food!
Communication is paramount when it comes to teaching, parenting, coaching, etc.
Listen up on how to engage kids with open ended questions!
Also learn how I'm engaging my STEM class using open ended problems!
How to draw toast: https://www.drawtoast.com/
How to be a great 5th grader: https://youtu.be/Fcjz73v5JUQ
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Taking a tip from Marty McFly, I go into the past and predict the future of this podcast. Give it a listen, you will be happy you did!
With break coming up in a day or two, maybe you need a few zingers to lay on your kids while they are home. You WILL NOT be disappointed!
You can be a SECRET AGENT by making secret messages!
Pair this podcast with the SECRET AGENT youtube video: https://youtu.be/mo8WRRb09LI
This worksheet can be printed and used to make your own secret messages: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CoLObxJgh5bAuON035ifjk8RaK6B5P0cIfqy1CZrq8U/edit?usp=sharing
Episode 50 isn't just for when your stuck at home on a "snow day!"
Listen to learn about 7 great activities you can do when it's snowy outside!
So you want to be an Architect!! What does that even mean?
You will learn what are architect is, what they do, how much money they make, and how you become an architect.
Watch this music video from YKK Architectural Products!
Here is a worksheet you can use with your kids: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13k29nr6fxWX0evW5syrv8WCAAbe9pPtck_6XHr0NXC0/edit?usp=sharing
Our guest Kyle Anderson discusses his experiences in technology and education. We also discuss how STEM is used in Special Education and where STEM is headed in the future.
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Listen to Kyle on the Beer EDU podcast: https://twitter.com/BeerEDUPod
We talk about what a decibel is, how loud things are, and the QUIETEST ROOM IN THE WORLD!! My teacher ears think that sounds glorious!
Quit Room: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-quietest-place-will-drive-you-crazy-in-45-minutes-180948160/
Today we talk with Justin Cowen about 3-D Printing and Coding.
Justin is the Technology Integration Specialist for Breitung Township Schools. He is a Code.org AP CSP Facilitator and a UP SMILE (Science and Math Integration with Literacy and Engineering) trained educator.
Dominoes can be FUN!!
...and you get to learn what a PIP is!
Learn 4 games and how to do chain reactions!
1.5 Times Larger: https://youtu.be/5JCm5FY-dEY?list=PLqYKRbfvLDUQ_XjTa1E0nPyoNBZJPXBbS
The COG: https://youtu.be/Z57kGB-mI54?list=PLqYKRbfvLDUQ_XjTa1E0nPyoNBZJPXBbS
Dude Perfect Ping-Pong Trick Shots 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkW87-Z9FAY&index=40&list=PLqYKRbfvLDUQ_XjTa1E0nPyoNBZJPXBbS
Water Lab in STEM class this week!
You can do some neat experiments at home with water!
Surface tension can be fun!
Stack water on top of a coin? SURE!
Float a paperclip? YOU BET!
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Have you ever used a spoon to pry out some ice cream?
That's an example of a Class 1 lever!
Have you ever turned a doorknob?
That's an example of a wheel and axle!!
Listen in to learn about the 6 simple machines and where you find them every day!
Do you know what a group of hippos is called? How about a group of giraffes? Listen in to find out! Also, there is some bonus material at the end where we learn about some baby animal names! My favorite is a puggle. What kind of animal is that?!?! Listen to find out!
Learn some tricks on how to turn SCREEN time into STEM time!
Cool Math Games: https://www.coolmathgames.com/
Engineering Games: https://www.engineering.com/GamesPuzzles/tabid/82/Default.aspx
PBS Kids Games: http://pbskids.org/lab/games/
WILD KRATTS: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/
Fun Science Demos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbfPM5Wd1REwCIBYJFIyOw
DUDE PERFECT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRijo3ddMTht_IHyNSNXpNQ
On our trip to visit friends in Nevada, we were able to visit the HOOVER DAM!! Also, I have a very special guest on the show, Elsa Anderson. Elsa is the daughter of one of my very best friends, Kyle (@AndersonEdTech)
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Spured by a visit to the Norway Spring in Norway, Michigan!
Artesian wells are really neat and natures way of providing clean water.
You will enjoy learning about this amazing piece of nature!
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Special guest Michael joins us today to talk about the STEM related to EEBD's! From research & development, to testing, to sales. This is an AWESOME episode!
Recorded at Fort Dix, NJ
Michael is also an Engineer Officer with the Illinois Army National Guard.
My son wan'ts a $47 basketball hoop.
I'm going to buy it for him, but first he has to earn some money by doing projects around the house. It's not all work, we will have some FUN with the STEM contained in those jobs!
James and I talk about what geology is, how much a carat is, and some of the most expensive rocks in the world!
Do you know what the most expensive rock in the world is?
Listen and you will find out!
Do you think the Scientific Method is some mystical process that can only be used in the laboratory? It's not!! Let's walk step-by-step through the process to see how it works in every day life.
Wait....where are my keys? ;)
With the weather getting nice and kids being able to play outside...cut them loose on some S.T.E.M. projects!
Build a club house-
Make a Map
Build a bird feeder
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Some interesting facts about the American flag.
There is a lot of MATH going on!