Tag Archives: STEM

Yoga Xrays and more

As a recent convert to Ashtanga yoga this video has me totally enthralled at how our bodies bend, twist and what various yoga poses look like from a skeletal point of view.

From another perspective, this Youtube channel is brilliant resource for teaching from looking at the various bones, locations of organs etc in Keystage 1 science to looking at types of joints and movement in Keystage 3 to much more advanced and in-depth physiological study. There are also immunology, cellular biochemistry and microbiology videos too. The videos are amazing, prepare to lose a few hours…..

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Plickers – Instant Assessment Inside and Outside the Classroom

I met a teacher at my very first Dubai Teachmeet who was speaking about the use of Plickers in the classroom. At first, I loved them just for the name but as he explained how they are used I was amazed by how many different ways teachers and educators can use them to collect real time formative assessment data in a simple, low tech, low cost, child friendly way. 

These are Plicker cards. Each student is given a card with a unique visual code. The code has 4 sides, each lettered A, B, C, and D and the corners are numbered 1 to 4. The student holds the card so that the letter they choose to answer the question with is at the top of their card. The teacher uses the iOS or Android app on their smartphone to slowly scan the room. The app recognizes the cards and captures the answer that the student chose.

The results appear live and in real time on the teacher’s device, or they can be projected on a large screen for the whole class to see on the Plicker’s website if needed. They can be individually assigned to a student or you can use a class set to give you a general overview of where the class is at.

wpid-screenshot_2015-03-14-11-53-022-jpgDue to the fact that all you need is a smartphone and some paper, it’s an app that can be used anywhere from inside the classroom, inside the wildlife garden, to class trips and beyond to monitor the students’ understanding. Another aspect of Plickers that I really like is that is so inclusive and encourages every child to be engaged. As each student has a card and will be scanned, every child must consider the question and give an answer. All Plicker cards are different shapes with tiny letters in different positions so there is no possibility of copying the answer of the student next to them. Also, it’s a hell of a lot fun!  Sign up here

42 STEM iPad Apps for Kids

Ready for the some fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) iPad apps for primary?

Many apps, with a few exceptions, won’t tell your child how to do a particular method or xactly what is needed so will require some guidance in the first instance . They will however, give him or her practice, repetition, and reinforcement.

42 STEM iPad Apps for Kids (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

EU Code Week 10-18 October 2015 – Bringing ideas to life with #codeEU

The third edition of EU Code Week will take place 10-18 October 2015. Millions of children, young adults, adults, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policymakers will again come together in events and classrooms across Europe to learn to create with code.
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“Digital skills are essential for a true Digital Single Market and help us understand how our increasingly connected world is built. Coding is not just about computer programming, it’s also about improving problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity which are needed for the jobs of today and the future.”Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market

The idea is to show how you can bring ideas to life with code, to make programming more visible, demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. If you are a school, a kid, a coder, a young adult, a parent, teacher, a business – now is the time to start planning your Code Week event and put it on thecodeweek.eu map.

Save the date: EU Code Week 10-18 October 2015 – Bringing ideas to life with #codeEU | Digital Agenda for Europe | European Commission.

Snap Science- free primary teaching resources

The Snap Science programme has been designed to cover the new primary science curriculum with enquiry, exploration, investigation and true progression at it’s core. Every lesson is already differentiated and the lessons aim to make challenging concepts meaningful for students.  At £100 a Year Group it’s affordable enough but to check out the kind of resources and ideas that are presented Collins Connect have made the Year 3 – Plants module available here Collins Connect – free primary teaching resources. Being a plant biologist, I like the way they are approaching the topic in a questions based way. What is this for? Are all roots the same? Why are petals different colours? This is in stark contrast to the labelling parts of a plant on a worksheet which I have seen way too often in the primary clas

sroom. There is also a lot of scope to develop child-led investigations out of the lessons and easy to put in different types of enquiry in experiments such as pattern seeking and classification.  See what you think!

Freddie the Fart Machine and your Portable Chemistry lab…

Stefan Gates is famous for Gastronaut Live: food, science and adventure shows that are staged at major events, food and science festivals, theaters and schools across the UK.  I saw him most recent show at The Big Bang Fair UK 2015 and was hugely entertained throughout. Some of the children who I brought along were so inspired that they introduced some of his fun demos into a mini lecture for school!

Timstar have been given access to a range of exhilarating science demo worksheets, videos and much more from Stephan. There are lots of ideas to show you how to inspire people with fascinating food science. Over the next few months  videos accompanied by demo worksheets, non-video demo worksheets and features will be published. Keep a look out for updated content right on this page.

SFI – SFI Discover Programme Call 2015

logoScience Foundation Ireland, through the SFI Discover Programme seeks to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The mission of the SFI Discover Programme is to catalyse, inspire and guide the best in STEM education and public engagement. All applications must clearly outline how the project will address SFI’s goal to enable an engaged and scientifically informed public in Ireland.

Projects should address this by showing how they

  •          promote and support STEM education
  •          promote STEM career pathways
  •          increase the general public’s engagement with STEM and its importance in society

See here for more details and information on how to apply.

Curious George – STEM Classroom Resources for EYFS and KS1

Active learning begins with curiosity! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building, and simple machines. Lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new learning opportunities that will inspire children to explore the world around them. As students ask questions, predict outcomes, share observations, and formulate theories, they establish the science skills and “habits of mind” that lead to academic success and lifelong learning. 

 

Curious 

George STEM | Classroom Resources | PBS LearningMedia.

Women in STEM

BeFunky CollageJust 13% of science, tech, maths and engineering workers are female. There are several initiatives around the the globe which aims to readdress this balance. From encouraging little girls to play with Lego to mentoring and inspiring female students in University. Many claim a lack of positive female role models is to blame for this gender imbalance. Certainly, I remember only one woman professor in the department I did my degree research in.

I passionately strive to encourage young girls to consider STEM careers and am a member of many organisations such as ScienceGrrl and Project Yamina which are working hard to keep girls interested in scientific research and careers.

Here, Rachel Swaby, author of a book highlighting women’s contributions to science, chooses her favourite female scientists, from the greatest dinosaur hunter to the inventor of Kevlar.