This podcast features recorded audio from a videoconference by Vinnie Vrotny (@vvrotny) on May 12, 2016. His presentation was part of a 4 hour workshop at Casady School in Oklahoma City on “Visioning the Future of Computer Science and STEM Education in K-12 Schools.” Vinnie discussed his experiences as a teacher and director working in Chicago-area and Houston-area independent schools helping develop updated computer science / digital literacy courses, curricula, and STEM / MakerSpace learning spaces for students as well as teachers. The podcast concludes with an audio reflection recorded by participants at the end of the workshop, sharing some of the key takeaways and learning points from the day. In addition to teachers and staff from Casady School, we were also joined by several community representatives from higher education as well as a local software design company during this workshop. Many thanks to Vinnie for sharing his experiences, perspectives, and advice to assist our faculty and staff as we work to envision a future program of computer science and STEM learning at Casady School. This podcast was originally posted on STEM.casady.org and cross-posted to STEMseeds.org. Refer to the podcast shownotes for referenced resources and links from the presentation.
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 camp.stemseeds.org/home/march2016. 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! https://twitter.com/stemseeds
This is an archived Google Hangout video and audio recording of a STEMseeds interview with elementary teacher Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett), discussing STEM lesson plans and project ideas, his educational philosophy setting up his classroom, how he’s been using MinecraftEDU in class and more! Check out our shownotes for links to referenced resources, there are a LOT of great ones from this show!
7th grade Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon joined Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday, November 22, 2014, for an hour-long Google Hang Out for STEMseeds discussing STEM lesson ideas including engineering design challenges. Bethany uses a variety of engineering design challenges she has found via Google, on Pinterest, and elsewhere to help students develop their problem solving, creativity, and collaboration skills. In the Google Hang Out, Bethany shared that some of her students ask “When are we going to play again?” when asking about the engineering design challenges. She has started posting about these activities on her blog, “Standing Out In The Middle.” Her students love these activities and do not necessarily see them as part of “doing school” or “learning,” yet there are a rich set of skills they develop through these activities. Check our shownotes for this episode for links to Bethany’s recent Engineering Design Challenge posts as well as other referenced links/resources from the show. The archived video from this episode is available via YouTube, and an audio-only version is available as well. Please follow @STEMseeds on Twitter to stay up to date about upcoming shows! Also follow Bethany Ligon (@ajsciencegal), Amy Loeffelholz (@AmyLoeffelholz) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) on Twitter.
Join Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday morning (Nov 22nd) for a Google Hangout conversation with Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon, who was featured in the November 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Live show, “Technology Integration in Jr. High School.” Bethany has collected a variety of outstanding engineering design project lessons for her students, which she will discuss along with other practical ideas for engaging students in STEM learning. Please join us live if you can, but if you can’t we’ll archive the video and audio version of the show on http://STEMseeds.org. We’ll start at 10:30 Eastern / 9:30 Central / 8:30 Mountain / 7:30 Pacific and talk together for an hour. Your LIVE participation during the show is invited and welcome!
Plan to join elementary STEM teachers Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday, September 13th at 11:30 am Eastern / 10:30 am Central / 9:30 am Mountain / 8:30 amPacific online (via a Google Hangout) to talk about STEM lesson ideas, Maker Studio lessons, and lots more “back to school” updates as the 2014-15 school year has started. Please RSVP for the Google Hangout if you plan to attend or might attend. (That way the event can be added to your Google Calendar.) Check out past archives of our almost-monthly webcast on http://STEMseeds.org. We hope you’ll join in our STEM conversations on Saturday! (Note: Time has been updated to start 1 hour later than originally announced. Google Hangout time is updated too!)
In our fourth STEM seeds webcast, Henry Ingwersen, Amy Loeffelholz, Crystal Butcher and Wesley Fryer discussed STEM programs, classrooms and lesson ideas on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in an after-school Google Hangout. Henry is a grade 3-4 elementary classroom STEM teacher in Wells, Maine, and maintains a blog about some of his classroom STEM lessons. Links to referenced resources are listed in the shownotes below and on our Google Doc for STEMSeeds show notes.Thanks to our Google Hangout viewers for sharing lots of additional links! We did have some audio echo challenges about 20 minutes into our show but we got them resolved, so please don’t give up when you hear that part!