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Amplify your stem programs with digital resources

Amplifyyour stem programswith digital resourcesAESA Conference - December 2015

Molly Aschoff and Jill BatesESU 8 - Neligh, Nebraska

Mad scientistsMolly AschoffDistance Learning & Media @mollyaschoffJill BatesAssistant @jbatesesu8

ObjectivesMakey MakeyVirtual Field TripsBrain BreaksCodingDronesAppsEdReadySTEM Resources

ESU 8 - Neligh, NE

128 mi.

17 ESUs in NebraskaESU 8 - 7 counties. Office located in Neligh. 128 miles from one end to the other.Norfolk - largest district (4,200 students PK-12) - 25% HispanicLynch - smallest district (70 students K-12)2014-15: 10,506 studentsLimited English Proficiency (LEP): 4% although one of our larger districts is at 10% (Madison). Just under 20% of our students are Hispanic; with one larger district at 76% Hispanic and 71% FRE. Free and reduced lunch rate for all districts: 41%.Mobility has fluctuated between 5-16% over the past three years. 2014-15: 907 teachers (just under 50% have Masters Degrees or higher. Average teacher has15-20 years experience teaching in their current district).

Who are you?

Big Bang Theory Quiz

What do you know?

Pew Research Centers set of 12 multiple-choice questions. Nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults (3,278). Conducted Aug/Sept 2014.

"A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About ..." 2015. 1 Oct. 2015

On Pew Research Centers set of 12 multiple-choice questions some of which include images as part of the questions or answer options Americans gave more correct than incorrect answers; the median was eight correct answers out of 12 (mean 7.9). Some 27% answered eight or nine questions correctly, while another 26% answered 10 or 11 items correctly. Just 6% of respondents got a perfect score.

These findings come from Pew Research Centers American Trends Panel, a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. The survey of 3,278 adults (including 2,923 adults online and 355 respondents by mail) was conducted Aug. 11-Sept. 3, 2014.

Why science knowledge matters: A variety of scholars have argued that public understanding of science issues and concepts is a hallmark of an informed public.1 As developments in science and technology raise new issues for public debate from driverless cars and space exploration to climate change and genetically modified crops a public with more knowledge of scientific facts and principles is often seen as one better able to understand these developments and make informed judgments.2

One major avenue for science learning is through the schools. But most AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) members say that too little STEM education is a major reason that the public has limited science knowledge.

Do you participate in sports or physical activities?RulesPlayer namesSport-specific dimensionsStatisticsHistory"Schools Should Teach Science Like Sports - Scientific ..." 2015. 1 Oct. 2015

Ask participants how they learned to play a sport. Ask if they memorized the rules, players names and stats, history, dimensions of field/court they play on. Did they have to pass an assessment before they could play?

Suppose you wanted to teach children to play baseball or softball. How would you go about doing it? One approach might be to sit them down and start having them memorize the rules of the game, the dimensions of the field, the names and statistics of past players, and a host of other facts. You would stop teaching them periodically to review the material in preparation for multiple-choice assessment tests. The students who showed a great aptitude for memorizing large numbers of facts could go into honors classes where they would memorize even larger numbers of facts. At the end of the process, without ever leaving the classroom, how well do you think the children would be able to play baseball or softball? More important, how many would even want to?


You must DO science, you must DO technology, you must DO engineering, you must DO math.

Science instruction should not only engage and excite students but also allow them to learn science by doing science, as opposed to memorizing facts about science. Research in science education has shown that letting students participate in the multiple practices that scientists actually do enables the children not only to enjoy and value the science more but to do a better job of retaining the scientific content.

Jean Marc Cote (if 1901) or Villemard (if 1910) - A reproduction of the early 20th century, scan / ,

What is the Maker Movement? Its a movement that emphasizes learning-through-doing informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment.

Makey makey

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in-between.

MaKey Makey was created by two graduate students from MIT. Why did they create MaKey MaKey?

We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits. We believe that the whole world is a construction kit, if we choose to see it that way.

We are inspired by the Maker Movement. We want to help people start to think of themselves as Makers and agents of change. When you have the "Maker's Mindset," you know you can change the world.


Make + Key = MaKey MaKey

Any material that can conduct at least a little bit of electricity will work with MaKey MaKey. PlayDoh, Pencil Graphite, Bananas, Potatoes, Water, Nails, Coins, People, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, etc.

How does it work?

Make + Key = MaKey MaKey

Any material that can conduct at least a little bit of electricity will work with MaKey MaKey. PlayDoh, Pencil Graphite, Bananas, Potatoes, Water, Nails, Coins, People, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, etc.

Two-sided circuit board

The MaKey MaKey is a two-sided circuit board. On the more simple, top side, the MaKey MaKey has 6-inputs: the up/down/left/right arrow keys, as well as the space bar and mouse left click.

Each of those inputs as, well as the very important Earth bar, are available in the form of what I like to call alligator-bait connectors. Youll use the included alligator clip cables to clip right into the hole pairs.

Lets Play the piano

Amplify (def) increase the volume of sound

This piano was created using a coding program called Scratch.


Scratch is a media creation tool which allows students to easily create animations, stories, and interactive games. Its a programming environment that uses Lego-like blocks. This constructionist approach in learning supports critical thinking and problem solving through the creative process when students create, enhance, or troubleshoot their projects.

Scratch is learning through Design, Interests, Collaboration, & Reflection.

Scratch is free and is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The Scratch website supports sharing of projects which can be downloaded by learners in a social space like YouTube. Students use the website to communicate with other Scratchers, to learn new techniques, and to remix projects, developing skills in collaboration and communication. Scratch supports the development of a wide variety of twenty-first century skills, starting in grade 3 through high school, including digital citizenship.

Virtual field trips

The Virtual Field Trip (VFT) offers an opportunity for your class to participate in a close-up, two-way videoconference with an expert, a museum, or a vendor to learn and explore in a new and unique way.

Virtual field trip


Science says doing coordinated physical tricks (like patting your head and rubbing your belly) can improve memory, attention, and critical thinking. Neuroscience research shows that anytime the two hemispheres of the brain have to work together, it increases the efficiency of brain function, especially in early developmental years. Students can engage their brains in this way by doing coordinated movements that either cross the midline of the body, or use both sides of the body (known as bilateral coordinative movements).

Crossing the midline facilitates neural activation in many parts of the brain and equally on both hemispheres. This increase in blood flow makes it more alert and energized for learning (Dennison, Hannaford). Bilateral coordinative movement increases concentration and attention. Bilateral coordinative exercise leads to pre-activation of the parts of the brain that are responsible for attention functions (Budde). -Jean Blaydes Madigan, Action Based Learning.



Science says doing coordinated physical tricks (like patting your head and rubbing your belly) can improve memory, atten