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Video game design is a great platform for learning computer science! Even better, video games are also a great opportunity to integrate Makey Makey by having students build their own controllers and integrate them into their games using Microsoft MakeCode Arcade. Join us to jump into designing a simple first game with MakeCode, and a custom controller using Makey Makey.
Derek has a passion for making, repairing, and improving the things around him! After 5 years of teaching middle school shop class, Derek entered the private sector developing educational kits and running professional development workshops around the country. As the Director of Product and Programs, Derek oversees the Makey Makey product catalog, the development of new products, and collaborates with the team to make sure they reflect the value of invention literacy.
Active Floor is an interactive solution designed to bring movement and game-based learning into your classroom. In this course, we will dive into the basics of creating movement-oriented activities that will help students better retain information. We’ll cover topics like licensing, game templates, customization and so much more!
Even if you tuned into our spring course on safely packing your technology at the end of the year, you may still be feeling overwhelmed now that it is time to unpack for the new school year. Don't fret! Join us for this session as we share recommended steps to unload your technology safely after a summer of storage.
The engineering design process is used throughout STEM classes, as students can develop solutions to many types of problems. Join us to learn some quick and simple activities you can do with your class to engage them in the engineering design process! Whether students are already familiar with the EDP, or have no idea what it is, they can benefit from these quick challenges!
As educators, we wear many hats. We are listeners, planners, data collectors, and above all: motivators. In order to motivate our students, we are constantly looking for ways to celebrate their achievements. In this session, we will share ideas for designing prizes and other celebratory items to commemorate your students’ accomplishments for homework completion, attendance, and so much more!
The ocean covers nearly 71% of Earth's total surface and comprises 96.5% of all of Earth's water supply. Maintaining a healthy ocean is critical to all living things and the wellbeing of the entire planet. Join us as we celebrate World Oceans Day and use Google Tools like Google Maps and Google Earth to explore Earth's oceans and learn more about this critical resource.
Are your students struggling to understand fractions? What if we told you that you could use 3D design and printing to help your students learn and love fractions? In this course, we will explore lesson ideas and resources that will help you and your students to create 3-dimensional fraction manipulatives to nail down fraction basics.
Bring coding to life with Wonder Workshop’s Virtual Robot & Class Connect software, no robot necessary! In this webinar, we will review Class Connect, software that unlocks Dash’s Neighborhood, a Virtual Robot inside of
Blockly for Web and iOS. Kids can solve robot coding challenges by moving Dash around right on the screen in a rich, 3D environment.
Designing 3D models is made possible through computer-aided design (CAD) softwares. In session 4, we will continue to learn about the various tools in TinkerCAD to help you with your designs. We will explore how you can create patterns with the duplication tool, how you can place objects with precision using the workplace tool, and how you can engrave a text on your design.
In this course, we will develop our 3D terminology by understanding the print settings of your slicing software. We will use the MakerBot Print and Cura to learn how support, speed, infill, among other things, can contribute to the quality of your printed design.
Innovations in science are happening at a rapid rate. Often driven by technology and human ingenuity, these advancements must be supported from the ground up in future working populations to sustain this growth. That's where the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) come in, as strong K-12 science standards can help to prepare students to be college and career ready in the 21st century. Join us to learn about the inner workings of the NGSS and how to read them in a way that can help you to frame engaging science activities.
In this course, we will do a deep dive into the TinkerCAD Classroom. Learn how to create a class, add students, create and assign your own activities, and experince the student/user interface.
In the session 6 of this series, we will take a look at other ways students can design 3D objects to be printed. The website, 3D Slash, encourages designers to start with a block or sphere and “design by subtraction” using hammers, chisels, and digital spray paint. This is a great alternative for creating .stl files and is lots of fun!
Let's explore the hardware and materials that bring your 3D designs to life! In session 2, we will showcase the Ultimaker and Makerbot 3D printers. We will cover the basics of each printer so that you feel confident setting them up in your makerspace.
Why not use this Valentine's Day as an opportunity to put those classroom robots to use? Join us as we explore how students can program a robot to deliver their Valentine’s Day message to a classmate. The opportunities are endless when we start exploring mazes, talking robots, and so much more!
Come meet Sphero's newest member of the team-Indi! Indi is an early education robot that offers both screen-free and app-based coding experiences. Take a ride with us as we explore the color code tiles, personalization options, and the new SpheroEdu Jr. app.
The Cura software by Ultimaker is a free slicing software with over 200 settings to adjust your 3D print to fit your needs. Join us as we show you where to download the software and learn specific skills to enhance the details and optimize your 3D model.
Looking for new and exciting ways to teach math concepts in your elementary classroom? In this course, we’ll share exemplary lessons for your Dash & Dot robots that teach students about angles and measurements while building their comfort level with Wonder Workshop’s block-based coding language, Blockly.
Finch is a micro:bit-powered, programmable robot that can grow with your students from K-12 and beyond! With built-in sensors, buzzers, lights, and so much more, students can take their programming wherever their imagination takes them. Whether your students have never even heard of coding or are highly experienced, they can develop future ready skills with the Finch Robotics kit. In this session, we'll cover the basics, as well as the free educator resources offered by BirdBrain Technologies that can help you get started.
Meet Bobbie robot, built from the pi-top Robotics Kit. Using its camera for color filtering, we can program it to track down and find balls of a certain color. Take a look!
With a pi-top unit and a robot frame built from the Robotics Kit, I show how we can program Alex to follow a blue line path using its camera, servo motors and Python programming.
Third video in the series ... with a built robot frame and your pi-top unit, you can program Alex to drive around and avoid obstacles using Python language.
This course is the first of a series focusing on the pi-top unit for using Python programming. Emphasis is placed on displaying its Sirius OS on a board, monitor or computer screen, connecting with a wireless network, and using the built-in Mu application to store, edit and run code.
Hummingbird Bit is a micro:bit based robotics kit with endless possibilities! With sensors, motors, and lights, a student's only limit is their own imagination. Whether your students are novice programmers or highly experienced, they can develop future ready skills with the Hummingbird Bit kit. In this session, we'll cover the basics, as well as the free educator resources offered by BirdBrain Technologies that can help you get started.
Tinkercad is a free app that can be used to create 3D designs. Teaching with Tinkercad can be used for myriad of different subjects and lessons ranging from coding, to electronics, to art and 3D printing. In this course, we'll take a look at the basics of using Tinkercad in the classroom as well as go over some great ideas to get students thinking creatively.
Join the world’s foremost expert on all things Rube Goldberg, Jennifer George, as she discusses why the overly complicated machines that bear Rube’s name remain a key component of enrichment and STEAM programs in schools across the country. Then, learn from our curriculum team on how to structure a Rube Goldberg-centered enrichment program, and how we add technology, advanced literacy, and career exploration to a K12 Rube Goldberg program.
Glowforge is a 3D laser printer that brings your ideas to life! This 3D printer allows for materials such as wood, leather, and acrylic to be easily customized. In this session, we’ll go over the basics of using Glowforge and cover how to get started with your Glowforge account. We’ll also discuss some activity ideas for your students so they can get started on creating their unique projects! Let’s explore what this user-friendly printer has to offer!
Science is all about collaboration and engagement, but if your students are not sitting at the same lab table, this can be a challenge. In this course you will learn how you can use Jamboard to deliver engaging lessons to your elementary science students.
Are you struggling to find the right tools to bridge the gap between STEM and ELL vocabulary? We know that teaching ELLs outside of the English classroom can be challenging, but communicating through STEM subjects can make it that much easier! In this session, we'll discuss strategies to increase acquisition of academic English language through STEM and NGSS across all grade levels. We will also learn how STEM literacy and English Language Learner literacy can be used productively together.
Looking for ways to support disciplinary literacy in your science classroom? Want to help strengthen your students' scientific reading and writing skills? Join us as we share tools and strategies that can help students understand and explain phenomena, analyze data and graphic displays of information, and communicate their findings and understandings with others. Watch your students think, read, evaluate, and communicate like scientists!
Veative is a virtual reality product unlike any other! Their EduPro VR Headset and Controller are made specifically for education. Veative provides rich learning experiences for your students with over 400 standards-aligned interactive and immersive virtual reality lesson modules. Join us as we use their learning management platform to take a look at how to manage students’ progress and interaction.
In our final video of the series, we will take on a project-based learning (PBL) example to demonstrate how your pi-top 3 can interest and motivate your students to solve a musical challenge: building a Theremin. Join this session to find out what it is!
Join us as we demystify STEAM and its integration into early childhood education. Walk away with some tips, tricks, and confidence to take back to your classroom to rock STEAM even without high-tech devices.
The Further website is now available for people to check out tutorials and projects to extend their pi-top skills. Join us as we explore Further's coding projects and learn how they can help students understand Python code, complete the physical construction of these great ideas, and more!
Continue your work with Sonic Pi in this special session where we'll learn how to code single notes, chords, and use music loops to do Live Coding. Join us for more musical fun!
Let's get in the holiday spirit with micro:bit! Come have some fun and discover how to make a unique holiday light show using your micro:bit LED grid. We'll also show you how to code pictures and words.
The pi-top adventures continue as we explore the PULSE unit and its 7x7 grid of programmable LED lights. Join us to learn how to code colors, flashing lights, and even variables for moving your pixel around the grid.
Increasing STEM literacy is essential in the 21st century classroom, but often, subject-specific teachers do not know how best to reach ELL students. In this course, we will discuss strategies for teaching content area skills while encouraging literacy and language skills to ensure that all students are getting the most out of the material.
Equipped with exclusive bonus blocks, a variety of sensors, wheels, buttons, and attachments, SAM Labs STEAM Kit helps take creativity and engineering to the next level. Join us as we show you how to get making with the STEAM Kit!
Looking for a technology-infused Halloween activity for your classroom? In this session, we'll guide you through an interactive lesson on how to "dress up" your Sphero and program it to be a spooky Jack-o-lantern! This session will focus on practicing 3D printing and coding skills as students learn to program Sphero. Students will also build collaboration and creativity skills as they work through the design process together.
In this session, we'll take our work with pi-top breadboard circuits one step further. Join us as we add buzzers, buttons, and adjust our Python code to flash our LED lights.
Makey Makey is the key to interactive activities! Join us to learn how to use Makey Makey to create a circuit project using clay that will engage your students in new ways as they learn important lesson concepts.
Ever wondered how to implement STE(A)M in your classroom? Maybe you have been assigned the task to be the newest STE(A)M teacher at your school? Don't fret--You have the world in your hands! STE(A)M education is at the forefront of teaching students how to problem-solve, think critically, and be prepared for the world that awaits them once they finish their education. Be a part of that revolution, and join us as we discuss the easiest way to go about conceptualizing, building and scaffolding curriculum in your STE(A)M classroom.
Let’s get musical! In this session, we’ll add sound with a pi-top speaker and PULSE unit. To illustrate the musical capabilities of your pi-top, we will also jump into Sonic Pi.
The chances of being able to use Scratch for a lesson about probability is high! Join our Curriculum Specialists as we discuss how you can incorporate Scratch into your next math lesson on probability.
Everyone has a great campfire tale, but not everyone knows how to share it! With the Dash robot from Wonder Workshop, students will combine coding with creative storytelling, and bring their story to life!
Do you believe that STEAM learning should be fun and engaging? If so, say hello to SAM Labs. SAM Labs kits are packed with electronic blocks that wirelessly connect to an app so students can create a variety of unique projects. Join this session to learn more about SAM Labs and what they can bring to the classroom.
Learn how your students can turn their stories into 13-bit video games with Bloxels! Starting with a physical game board and blocks, students can design the layouts, characters, and art for their game before going digital. Game elements can be edited and customized, and it's easy to collaborate. The possibilities are endless! Bloxels can be used in a variety of class subjects, and are suitable for elementary through high school.
Looking for technology-infused learning ideas for your math classroom? In this session, we'll guide you through a geometry lesson that will put your students' critical thinking and measuring skills to the test! Geared towards 3rd through 6th grade students, this lesson will incorporate one of Teq's favorite robots: Dash! In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of geometry to create different shapes using their Dash robot. Students will explore angles, quadrilaterals, polygons, algorithms, design planning, and block-based coding.
Looking for technology-infused learning ideas for your math classroom? In this session, we'll guide you through a geometry lesson that will put your students' critical thinking and measuring skills to the test! Geared towards 3rd through 6th grade students, this lesson will incorporate one of Teq's favorite robots, Sphero. In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of Geometry to create a maze that includes everything from right, acute, and obtuse angles to parallel and intersecting lines. Students will not only learn to program Sphero to travel the maze, but build collaboration skills as they maneuver through a different team's design.
There is so much to monitor in our natural world — too much for scientists to handle alone! To maximize efforts, scientists often recruit citizen scientists to help. A citizen scientist is a member of the general public or an amateur scientist. While issues with data validity and collection standardization exist with this method, without it much of the natural world would go unobserved. Join us to learn about citizen science, how you can use it in your classroom to provide authenticity to a project, and learn some tips for keeping your collections valid!
Initiate an activity where students cycle through the Engineering Design Process using littleBits! This great tool allows students to dive into maker education while also experiencing the growth mindset that comes from problem-solving and creating. Whether you are introducing your students to design thinking for the first time, or want to add complexity to your already-created challenges, Teq's curriculum team will get you geared up! Students of all ages will benefit from the engaging activities shared in this session.
Spring has sprung, but the weather has been all over the place! Turn weather patterns into a lesson by monitoring atmospheric conditions with the micro:climate kit. Join this session to discover what's in the kit, and how to get started using it in the classroom.
"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is... a robot?" Cue might not be the best at performing Shakespeare, but this robot from Wonder Workshop is a great resource for cross-curricular lessons. Join this session to discover how Cue can be used as a tool to teach programming, robotics, and creative writing!
Don't let those old textbook lessons go to waste! Now that you are familiar with inquiry thinking, join us as we transform traditional labs through the various levels of inquiry: confirmation, structured, guided, and open. After this session, you'll be ready to customize your own resources to best suit your classroom's needs.
Discover how you and your students can bring bottle terrariums into the 21st century! Join us as we discuss the sensors and tools that can be used to monitor the different conditions of a bottled garden like humidity, soil moisture, and more.
With a call to add real-world content for even our youngest of learners, early childhood educators often look for new ways to incorporate meaningful technologically-minded lessons, while at the same time avoiding screen time. We know our students can become anything they want to in life, and with a device designed for open-ended play, so can their robot. With KIBO, students can build a story, program a dance routine, artistically represent their favorite character, and bring their robot to life. Join our session to discover lessons in multiple disciplines, and watch KIBO integrate itself into virtually any early ed program!
Why are role models so important? Some reasons to have a role model include inspiration, learning how to overcome struggles, and garnering the traits of a successful individual to become the best version of you. It's important to provide students with numerous opportunities to find role models for themselves. As educators, we may sometimes want to suggest role models for specific behaviors and characteristics we think our students would benefit from — like opening up the world of STEM, for instance. Join this session to learn about some elementary level literacy resources you can use to introduce STEM role models to your students.
The SparkFun micro:arcade kit packs a big punch! This micro:bit extension allows you to write and code games as well as build your own gaming console. Join this session to find out all about the kit and how to get started with building games in MakeCode.
The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Photon, also referred to as the SIK for Photon, is a fantastic solution for those interested in the Internet of Things. Join this session to learn what the Photon RedBoard is, what comes in the kit, and learn how to get your projects hooked up to the Internet!
Looking for new and exciting ways to teach Social Studies standards? In this course we will show you three exemplary lessons using Wonder Workshop's Dash and Dot robots that you can easily implement to teach students about neighborhoods, geography and more!
With littleBits, students are encouraged to think outside the box and embrace their creativity. Join us to learn how littleBits can work to promote hands-on learning experiences and collaboration. Students are encouraged to be creative and invent, all while gaining a new understanding of STEM principles, and developing useful classroom tools.
Did you know that mathematics and technology can support the visual arts? Let us show you how to take a classic lesson on facial symmetry and proportion and use it to increase students' digital literacy. You'll learn how to help students discover their digital identity, calculate the ratios for the "perfect" face, and more!
A picture is worth a thousand words, and that's why picture books are perfect for connecting STEM and literacy learning! Engage your K-2 learners with hands-on engineering challenges that use children's literature as a launch pad. Do you want to see your young learners asking questions, demonstrating skills to tackle a problem hands-on with their peers, or designing – and even redesigning – a product or idea? Join us for some fun as we dive into our favorite stories and guide our Kinder-Engineers to “redesign” the story. From creating protective attire for Humpty Dumpty, to developing a new home for the three little pigs, with these best practices and example activities, you will soon be integrating STEM into your storytelling time!
Did you know pi-top can be used to learn Python in a multitude of ways? In our new four-part series Learning Python with pi-top, we are going to show you how – and share some big secrets! In our first session, we’ll discuss the fundamental concept of Python, data types, and the many resources the pi-top has to learn them. Join us as we dive into Python integrated development environments (IDEs) like IDLE, pi-topCODER, and documentation tools like LibreOffice and Microsoft Word!
Welcome to session two of our Learning Python with the pi-top series! In this session, we’ll give you an example workflow for how to talk about and teach data structures to your students. We’ll start with a Scratch example on creating lists, and then we’ll move into suggested pi-topCODER worksheets. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a great example using IDLE. This is a session you won't want to miss!
Coming through full STEAM ahead! Have you been teaching perspective - the illusion of depth and space - on a two-dimensional surface? It's time for a new perspective on...perspective! In this session we'll show you some technology and engineering concepts to take this topic to the next dimension. Pun intended.
Tinkercad is a popular, web-based computer aided design software. Although simple, users can make complex designs using this software. This course will show how a user can use basic shapes and techniques to create a scale model of a house. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the Cura software to prepare our design for print.
Not sure where to start with your new Ultimaker printer? Come explore the basics of the Ultimaker 3 or 3 Extended! In this session we will go over some 3D printer need-to-know basics like how to change a print core, how to load and unload material, and how to interpret the display. You'll be on your way in no time, and ready to print your 3D models using Ultimaker's reliable (and amazing) dual extrusion!
Can you imagine a small robot asking for a hug? Or bringing you to the fiction section of the library by request? Dash and Dot have no limits to what they can do and they are the perfect addition to a computer science curriculum to teach students how to code in a block-based language called Blocky! Join us as we go over the basics of what this little team of robots can do for you and your classroom!
Adding a 3D Printer to your classroom is both exciting and stressful. Now that it is setup, it is time to start printing, but how do you decide the process of who prints their design and when they get to print it. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they give you some helpful tips to manage your students and their eagerness to print their designs.
Makebot's Slicing Software, MakerBot Print is a free, advanced solution for discovering, preparing, and sharing your 3D Prints. Integrated with Thingiverse navigation, there is no limit to your imagination. Join Teq's Curriculum Specialists as we show you where to download the software, gain access to the app as well as the web version, in order to view, arrange, orient, and scale your 3D Designs. Learn some specific skills to enhance the details and optimize your 3D model such as print setup, materials, and scaling.
The purpose of a chart is to visualize data in a way that accurately represents the story a dataset is telling. Tools like Excel, Google Sheets, and Numbers offer a wide variety of chart options and it is sometimes difficult to decide which works best for your purpose and identify which don’t work at all. Join us as we discuss what components are important in various chart types and the ways you can help students choose the appropriate chart for their dataset!
The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is just around the corner, and it's the year of the Brown Dog! The Brown Dog symbolizes a strong and active Earth. If you don't have activities planned, don’t fret! This session will provide you with plenty of resources and ideas to bring the culture and science of the Lunar New Year to your classroom!
In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Chemistry classroom. You can use any Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to identify temperature's influence on a substance's solubility using the temperature probe provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Globilab software as well as extensions you could bring to your classroom!
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