Prompt that says, "Prototype a dog treat launcher using a microcomputer."
3-12, Creative Thinking

Sharpen Stem Activity and Design Generators

The Sharpen #STEM Activity and Design Generators can be used to randomly produce #DesignThinking challenges for #students.

3-12, Science, Videos

Engineering Myths

This video from Mimi-Isabella Nwosu (@EngineerMimi_), an Assistant Materials Engineer in UK, is a fun way to dispel many of the myths that surround pursuing careers in engineering. For example, “Engineers are boring white guys,” seems to be a common misperception – and Nwosu is anything but boring, white, or a guy. Another one? “You… Continue reading Engineering Myths

3-12, Creative Thinking, Science

Gifts for the Gifted – Rob Ives Paper Automata

If you’ve run out of time to find a gift, consider downloading one of these paper automata projects to make together with your child!

Depth and Complexity, Education, K-12, Science, Videos

National Engineers Week

February 18-24th is National Engineers Week here in the States.  Since my 2nd graders have been studying bridges, we did an activity from the Building Big website, which is still one of my favorite resources when we talk basics about man-made structures.  Yesterday’s activity was one I had never tried with a class before, the… Continue reading National Engineers Week

6-12, Creative Thinking, Math, Problem Solving, Science

The Art of Engineering

There aren’t any fancy graphics on this video, but I love the message that Katie Correll gives in this short presentation.  I keep trying to convince my students that engineering is so much more than math and science, that’s it’s not just about following formulas and rules but about learning how to use them to… Continue reading The Art of Engineering

3-6, Education, Games

Gifts for the Gifted 2017 – RollerCoaster Challenge

A few years ago, I thought I would help out the parents of my gifted and talented students by writing about some games, toys, or books that I thought might make good purchases during the holiday season.  I called the series of posts, “Gifts for the Gifted,” and I have continued to do it annually on every… Continue reading Gifts for the Gifted 2017 – RollerCoaster Challenge