STEMseeds14: Reflection on March 2016 Brazil STEM Institute

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This is an audio reflection by Wesley Fryer following the March 14-15, 2016 STEM Institute at Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This two day professional development workshop for educators included engineering design projects, hands-on STEM projects in which participants collaboratively designed and built catapults as well as prosthetic hands, discussion and exploration of 3D printing and 3D design, “Curiosity Links,” robotics, green screen videography, and other Maker Studio / Makerspace activity and project ideas. Access the full workshop curriculum, photos and videos from the workshop, and referenced resources on Direct links to many of the resources mentioned in the podcast are also included the the shownotes. The next STEMseeds STEM workshop will be offered June 6-8, 2016, at Casady School in Oklahoma City. Please subscribe to and follow STEMseeds on Twitter for updates and additional STEM lesson ideas as well as resources!


  1. March 2016 STEM Institute in Brazil (main website with agenda and resources)
  2. Follow STEMseeds Institute Participants on Twitter! (Twitter list)
  3. Photos from our March 2016 STEM Institute (Flickr album)
  4. March 2016 STEM Institute Agenda
  5. Why STEM/STEAM? (a presentation created with Haiku Deck)
  6. Marshmallow Challenge
  7. Engineering Design Challenges
  8. Curiosity Links
  9. Makey Makey – (Makey Makey activity links and videos)
  10. Green Screen Videos
  11. Lego WeDo Construction Kits
  12. Info on Vex Robots and other Robotics and Design Technology Resources from Jack Kriss (@jack_kriss)
  13. Katch/Periscope Video of Jack Kriss’ presentation on Robotics options
  14. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros (@gcouros)
  15. Project Lead the Way (STEM Curriculum – @PLTWorg)
  16. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  17. ISTE Technology Standards for Students
  18. ISTE Technology Standards for Teachers
  19. The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen (@AnnieJacobsen)
  20. Catapult Project Resources
  21. Prosthetic Hand Project Resources
  22. 60 Minutes VIDEO Episode: Creating the Bionic Arm (from 2009)
  23. Algodoo: Physics-based 2D Sandbox (free software versions)
  24. VIDEO: Overview of 3D Printed Rhino Horn Project by Pembient (3:40)
  25. Tracker Video Analysis and Modeling Tool (free)
  26. TinkerCAD (free tool for 3D modeling)
  27. Wes’ STEM lesson resources
  28. iPad Media Camp Resources
  29. Create, Make and Learn STEM Institute (August 1-5, 2016 in Burlington, VT)
  30. Make Writing by Angela Stockman (@angelastockman)
  31. Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches)
  32. Digital Sharing Conference (@digishare) coming to Oklahoma City Nov 4-5, 2016
  33. Meet the Robinsons: Keep Moving Forward!
  34. Intro audio bumper: The Complex Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 
  35. Original Opinion Podcast created as a summative recording at the conclusion of the institute (a Spanish portion was edited out of the version.) Audio bumper in the Opinion podcast is “Baja” from the iTunes album “Surfin’ with the Astronauts.”

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