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The STEM Classroom addresses the integration of STEM into today’s K–12 classrooms. Click on a headline to read the entire post.

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Stem Sims: Trench Attack






Introduction As mentioned in our prior overview of STEM Sims [http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2017/02/06/stem-sims-interactive-simulations-for-the-stem-classroom/], this interactive software package provides over 100 simulations of laboratory experiments and engineering design products for the STEM classroom. The simulation titled “Trench Attack” immerses students in World War I trench warfare. This simulation has the student assume the role of a military commander using chemical agents […]

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STEM Sims: Interactive Simulations for the STEM Classroom






Introduction By subscribing to STEM Sims, teachers can open-up a kaleidoscope of educational and interactive classroom activities for students. These activities are relevant for teachers who are interested in a research-based approach to investigate STEM content that is aligned with the National NGSS Standards –https://stemsims.com/about/standards/national.pdf.  To begin, the first step is to visit the STEM Sims website, which can be […]

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Go Wireless® Heart Rate






  Introduction When studying the cardiovascular system, Vernier’s Go Wireless® Heart Rate monitor is an excellent way for students to engage in the collection of real data by having the opportunity to monitor their heart rates in a variety of ways. For example, students can take their pulse before, during, and after exercising. While doing so, the data […]

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Engaging Students in the STEM Lab






Schools nationwide are adding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Labs, spaces where students can apply science and math concepts.






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REcharge Labs: Solar Cork Boat Kit






REcharge Labs: Solar Cork Boat Kit Introduction Teaching about solar energy in a present-day science classroom is an interesting way to have students adhere to the NGSS Standards, i.e., 4-PS3-4. Undoubtedly, new concerns on how we power our homes and businesses have bolstered research for alternatives to replace declining fossil fuels. Moreover, engaging students in activities that […]

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FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera






Introduction The imaginations of middle school and high school students will be fully engaged in the science classroom with the FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera. This camera’s thermal capabilities allow students to explore things invisible to the human eye. For example, students can use the camera to investigate the world of thermodynamics in a manner that […]

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Using the Go!Temp Probe






  The Go!Temp probe, made and sold by “Vernier Software and Technology,” collects real-time temperate data, making it applicable in a number of different fields, e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth science , etc. The Go!Temp is easily compatible with a computer flash drive without the need for an interface. Before connecting the Go!Temp to the computer, […]

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The Maker Movement for All Learners






All students can benefit from the Maker Mindset, which encourages students to believe they can learn to do anything. The Maker Movement is a resurgence of creating and making things by people of all ages and backgrounds. Learning through “making” can happen across a range of contexts and curricular areas and can be leveraged for […]

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First Look: Hands on with the Pasco Wireless Temperature Sensor






The humble electronic thermometer is often the gateway technology into the world of digital data collection, and Pasco Scientific just made that tech much more affordable. And Bluetooth to boot! Whether measuring thermal motion at -40 degrees C which happens to be about the freezing point of Mercury, to 125 degrees C which happens to be […]

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The STEM in Kitchen Appliances






We just returned from a visit to Le Cordon Bleu School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where our older son is considering getting a culinary arts certificate after his high school graduation in (gasp!) June. We took a tour of their many kitchens, and I was impressed by the size of the mixers in the baking kitchen. […]

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