STEMseeds 3: Lesson Ideas with Christie Paradise

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In our third STEM seeds webcast, Oklahoma elementary educator and school STEM club sponsor Christie Paradise (@ChrisParadise on Twitter) shared lesson activities and projects she’s using with students this year. Christie’s school district, MidDel Public Schools, started STEM clubs at each elementary school during the 2012-13 school year. At Christie’s school, Steed Elementary, student STEM club members meet on Thursdays at 7:15 am before normal school classes begin. Elementary STEM clubs in MidDel focus primarily on BotBall and preparing for BotBall robotics competitions. Amy Loeffelholz and Wes Fryer also discussed their recent “STEM Showcase Day” in Yukon Public Schools prior to Spring Break, as we as grant and workshop ideas for upcoming months. Check out our show notes below, as well as our Show Notes Google Doc for links to referenced resources and lesson ideas. Many thanks to viewers who shared some of these links via our Google+ Hangout page.

Show Notes:

  1. Archived Google Hangout Video: STEMseeds – Interview with Christie Paradise
  2. Christie Paradise on Twitter: @ChrisParadise
  3. Classroom Champions Project (@classroomchamps) – Project connecting students in grades K-8 in high need schools with athletes who become a resource for teaching goal setting, perseverance and how to #dream big
  4. BotBall (@BotballRobotics– standards-based educational robotics program
  5. STRETCh (“Striving To Reach Every Talented Child) Instructor on Google+ and (via @pgeorge)
  6. 100+ STEM Websites and WebTools for Teachers Livebinder by @techwithtia (via @pgeorge)
  7. Tech Star Scratchables – great Scratch software curriculum by @MESTechDE (via @bcdtech)
  8. Kitchen Chemistry STEM Centers – by Wes
  9. NASA Robotics Resource Links
  10. Loopy – app for iPad that Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel used to sing Doo-Wop together (see this YouTube video for the entire performance – more on the Verge article: “Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel sing incredible doo-wop duet with iPad app”)
  11. Little Bits: “The easiest way to get started with electronics”
  12. PowToon for comic story building
  13. Stopmotion Cafe iPad app
  14. CDR Electronics at S Penn and I-240 in OKC (great source for used iPads and other technology devices)
  15. Survivor Case for iPads
  16. Follow Amy Loeffelholz on Twitter: @AmyLoeffelholz
  17. Follow Amy’s STEM class on Twitter: @lesSTEM
  18. Follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  19. Follow Wes’ STEM class on Twitter: @iesSTEM
  20. Intro and Outro Bumper Music: “Welcome to the Show” by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
  21. More show notes available on our STEM seeds show notes Google Doc

The Google Hangout on Air YouTube video for this episode was converted to an audio-only format with and normalized using the free online service, Auphonic.

BotBall photo used as the featured image for this post: