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STEM Night at Unionville High School

STEM Night was a great success! Thank you to our presenters and to all the families that came out to enjoy this engaging event. Here is the video from the panel discussion.



Teacher - STEAM News

CFPMS Teachers, Betsy Ballard and Kim Hisler, are presenting at the AMLE conference in November 2017:

GARDEN BASED LEARNING AND MORE - INTEGRATING STEAM ACTIVITIES THROUGH PROJECT BASED LEARNING IN THE FCS LABS AND BEYOND.

Why STEAM?
STEM has become an antiquated term that does not allow for or value the arts and only addresses half the brain, the left half. Many tech firms are calling the acronym STEM passe.

A strong focus on STEM has allowed people to realize that while it is valuable, the integration of the arts is critical. It is not only educationally sound, but integral to the whole student to include both the right and left sides of the brain when educating them.
By adding in the "A" you are opening the idea of STEM up even more to girls who often find themselves left out due to their creative sides. Harvard University Education Professor, Howard Gardner, has said that "I have no hesitation in saying we need to add the letter "A"...and Education devoid of arts....is an empty, half-brain kind of education."

Ballard and Hisler are excited to be representing the district and showcasing the gardens while shedding a much needed light on the importance of STEAM.

FIRST Robotics Information

Contact Cliff Warner at ucf.first.robotics@gmail.com for more information.

Third Annual Elementary STEM Challenge

Information will be coming in 2018.


STEM Non-District Sponsored News & Events

Chester County Intermediate Unit STEM Summer Camp - Information is not available for 2018

STEM Summer Camps

Chester County Intermediate Unit STEM Saturdays (Students in grades 3 - 8)
CCIU STEM Saturdays

TCHS Summer Programs - Technical College High School - Information is not available for 2018
http://www.cciu.org/summer
http://www.cciu.org/page/400



STEM Resources and Kid Friendly Sites

1. CyberChase (PBS Kids)
Join the cybersquad. Good guys only, please. PBS Kids show CyberChase offers a range of online resources, including activities and games geared toward learning math, code, and similar concepts.

2. NASA Kids Club
Want to build a rocket? Have at it -- and plenty of other space-related projects and activities -- with the NASA Kids Club.

3. Code.org
Backed by some of the biggest names in tech, Code.org's stated mission is to grow computer science learning by fostering its inclusion in school curriculum. In addition to its Hour of Code series, the site also features an Intro to Computer Science course for K-8, programming tutorials in languages such as Python and JavaScript, mobile app development activities, and other resources.

4. TechRocket
TechRocket's courses for coding, game design, and graphic design are built on the premise that "you're never too young to learn STEM skills." This site includes a heavy focus on building mobile apps and games, from iOS development to Minecraft mods.

5. Engineering, Go For It (eGFI)
Created by the American Society for Engineering Education, eGFI's aim is to foster educational and pre-professional interest in engineering and other STEM subjects from kindergarten through high school.

6. Zoom (PBS Kids)
Check out activities, games, and downloadable offline projects from PBS Kids' series Zoom, a show made "by kids, for kids" that encourages curiosity and ingenuity across a range of subjects.

7. NASA eClips
Short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaecl...