stem toys, ion drive

The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts This Year | Innovation | Smithsonian
availability of a wider variety of STEM-related books. “That’s exciting for a couple of reasons: some kids are more interested in reading than in building,” Cardella says. “Books are a way…
Resources – INSPIRE – Purdue University
FREE resources for parents and formal and informal educators. Many of the resources were developed by INSPIRE or are products of projects that current INSPIRE members worked on with or while at oth…
PictureSTEM – …integrating STEM and literacy in meaningful ways
PictureSTEM Project includes instructional units for K-2 classrooms that use an engineering challenge and picture books as supports for learning science, mathematics, engineering, computational thi…
Engineering Thinking and Design in STEM Toys and Books – Lab Out Loud
“STEM gifts with Monica Cardella and Elizabeth Gajdzik from Purdue’s INSPIRE Research Institute. Each year, the INSPIRE lab evaluates toys, games, and books that engage girls and boys in eng…
Electric fish in augmented reality reveal how animals ‘actively sense’ world around them — ScienceDaily
“active sensing” — a process found across the animal kingdom, which involves the production of motion, sound or other signals to gather sensory feedback about the external environment. U…
3D-printed robot hand plays the piano — ScienceDaily
Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challen…
STEM Podcast Roundup | LinkEngineering
excellent selection of podcasts related to engineering and STEM education. There are many ways for educators to use podcasts. They are excellent sources of professional development for the time-pre…
The difference between AI and machine learning, explained
Machine learning is fascinating, especially it’s more advanced subsets such as deep learning and neural networks. But it’s not magic, even if we sometimes have problem discerning its inner work…
Teaching STEM with No Textbooks: Why NGSS Makes It So Tempting — Start Engineering
“the NGSS emphasis on “engineering design” makes the topic more accessible than if, say, fluid dynamics and resiliency of materials were the focus. And there are numerous places for educat…
Think Like an Engineer – edWeb Science edWebinar
Is thinking like an engineer the same as thinking like a scientist? While there are many similarities, the unique way engineers think is a valuable skill that can benefit all students as they learn…
Solid-state, ion-drive airplane silently flies with no fuel or moving parts
“electroaerodynamics” and uses an ionic wind to create thrust. a heavier than air craft that needs no moving parts for achieving powered lift. The 5-lb (2.3-kg) prototype
Roller Coaster – Engineering 4 Kids
In the early days of roller coaster loops, circular loops were used. There were a variety of problems, some of which resulted in fatalities, as the result of the use of these circular loops.