STEMseeds 5: Lesson Ideas with Chris Simon

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In our fifth STEM seeds webcast, Chris Simon and Wesley Fryer discussed STEM lesson ideas and ways to engage students through STEM learning in a May 13, 2014, after-school Google Hangout. Chris Simon has been an elementary grade 4-5 STEM teacher and is currently the STEM Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. In this interview he shared about “STEM kit” activities he’s put together and leads with local Girl Scouts and many of his favorite STEM lessons for students.

Show Notes:

  1. Chris Simon on Twitter: @chriswsimon
  2. Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
  3. Creating Critical Connections in Math and Science + Immersing Middle School Teachers in Research Experiences in Math and Science (2010 University of Oklahoma grant program)
  4. Coaster Physics iPad app ($2)
  5. Scratch Club at Independence Elementary School, Yukon, Oklahoma (Spring 2013)
  6. Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (National Research Report for Girl Scouts)
  7. National STEM Center (UK)
  8. Engineering Go For It (eGFI) for Teachers (super STEM lesson plans)
  9. STEM Connector eNewsletter
  10. Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma STEM Blog (on Kidblog)
  11. A Tour Through Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop, The Fabrication Facility Where Out-There Ideas Turn Into Reality (on Techcruch via Chris)
  12. Watch this and blow your mind: Milken Institute takes on “the future” (from NCCE blog via Wes)
  13. 100+ STEM Websites & Webtools for Teachers (via @pgeorge)
  14. #EduVue 2.29: Breaking Down STEM with Dr. Christopher Craft – Check out more EduVue Webcasts (via @pgeorge)
  15. Aaron Maurer – Featured Teacher on Classroom 2.0 LIVE (May 15, 2014) @coffeechugbooks
  16. June 4-5, 2014 STEM Seeds PD Camp (free 2 day workshop in Yukon, Oklahoma!)
  17. Archived Google Hangout chat for this interview

The mp3 audio version of this show was created by downloading the recorded Google Hangout video with, exporting that MP4 video file with QuickTime Player on a Mac running OS 10.9 to M4A format, then normalizing the audio using Auphonic’s free online tool.

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