SS012 Engaging STEM Lesson Ideas (OTA Encyclo-Media 2015)

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This podcast is an audio recording of a presentation by Amy Loeffelholz, Michaela Freeland, and Wesley Fryer at the October 8, 2015, Oklahoma Technology Association (OTA) Encyclo-Media Conference in Oklahoma City. The title of the presentation was, “Engaging STEM Lesson Ideas.” The session description was: Engineering design challenges can provide simple yet challenging ways to engage students in problem solving, collaboration, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skill development activities. Learn about different design challenges which require minimal or inexpensive supplies readily obtained at a local grocery store. Explore strategies and tips for successfully facilitating STEM lesson activities, in which students are self-directed in seeking different approaches and solutions to design challenges. (end of description) Although it was not included in the original session description, Michaela shared a lot about her learning journey with 3D printing in the library, including local Oklahoma City 3D printer options, makerspaces, and 3D apps and software. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to the Google Slideshow used in this presentation as well as other resources.


  1. Google Presentation Slides
  2. Wes’ STEM Curriculum site:
  3. Free PLAYDATE PD Day November 7, 2015 on 3D Printing and Design in Oklahoma City:
  4. Engineering Design Challenge Projects
  5. Cantilever Spans Project
  6. Makers Tool Works (3D Printers manufactured in Oklahoma City)
  7. ProtoTEK OKC (Makerspace in Oklahoma City)
  8. Autodesk Tinkerplay (free – app based 3D design)
  9. TinkerCAD (free – browser based 3D design)
  10. TinkerCAD Tutorial Video (3 min)
  11. Hot Wheels Speedometry
  12. Hot Wheels Lesson in STEM Class Video (23 sec)
  13. MinecraftEDU
  14. MinecraftEDU Recipe Reference Sheet (Google Doc)
  15. MinecraftEDU Lesson Resources by Wes
  16. MinecraftEDU Redstone Engineering Challenge
  17. Tour of Minecraft Redstone Challenge House (by Josh) – 93 sec
  18. K-12 Online Conference (free in October)
  19. EdCampOKC #3 coming March 5, 2015
  20. Amy Loeffelholz on Twitter: @AmyLoeffelholz
  21. Wesley Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  22. Wes’ STEM Twitter channel: @casadySTEM
  23. STEM at Casady Blog


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