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Exploring Sail Design for Columbus Day

In 1492 Columbus arrived in the Americas with the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. This was made possible by the many skillful sailors that were aboard these ships. However, those sailors cannot take all of the credit. Much design and effort were put into the building of those ships by engineers and laborers alike. No matter the effort, with all of the new technology we have, one can't help but wonder— could Columbus have gotten to America faster if his sails were designed differently? Join us for this session where we will discuss an example of a STEAM lesson plan you can use in your classroom to have your students explore this question and much more on Columbus Day!

STEAM Week: Alice 3

Alice is an incredibly powerful, free tool for use in just about any classroom. While it may seem like just a simple animation program, there’s so much more to it than that. We’ll help you get your students started working with Alice, whether they’re in elementary or high school. You’ll get access to tons of resources and materials made possible through the project and its donors and partners.

STEAM Week: Unplugged

When people think about programming, they often picture long lines of strange characters on a computer screen. While that’s often true, the fundamentals of programming can be taught and learned without ever needing electronics. Our team will help you hook your kids and help them realize they can become computer scientists without getting anywhere near a screen.

STEAM Week: Makey Makey

Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Join us to learn how you can begin using it in your classroom to spur creativity and give your students a tool to explore art, engineering, and more!

STEAM Week: Google CS First

Free computer science content! Through Google CS First, educators can receive just about everything they need to get elementary and middle school students exposure to computer science. We’ll review the materials provided, as well as look into some of the activities your students can dive into, whether it’s an after-school club or part of your school’s curriculum.

Ultimaker: Optimizing Your 3D Print

The Cura 2.4 Software by Ultimaker has over 200 settings to adjust your 3D print to fit your needs. Join us as we show you where to download the software and some specific details of how to optimize your 3D print like print setup, materials, and scaling.

What We Learned at PAX East 2017

We recently attended PAX East 2017 in Boston, MA. While this wasn’t an education- specific conference there were a lot of education-focused sessions, as well as educational applications for much of the other content presented. Join us as we go over the highlights of what we learned at this exciting conference!

Labdisc: Measuring UV Light

Have you ever wondered what is the BEST sunscreen and SPF number to protect you from the intense UV light given off by the sun? In this course, we will measure the effectiveness of various SPF ratings for sunblocks using the labdisc.You will need an Enviro labdisc to perform this activity. Our curriculum specialists will show you how to set up your Labdisc, conduct an experiment, collect data, and manipulate the data all within the Labdisc - Globilab sofrware. Join us to learn one of the many engaging uses of Labdisc in the science classroom!

Labdisc: Solubility

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!

Labdisc: Heart Rate

In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Biology classroom. You will need a BioChem Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to measure heart rate using the heart rate sensor provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Labdisc software.

All About Algodoo

Algodoo is a physics-based 2D sandbox which has features and functions designed specifically for use on an Interactive White Board. This session will cover the basics of interacting with Algodoo and how it can be used both as a teaching tool and a creation tool for students.

Labdisc - pH of Beverages

In this course we'll look at another classroom use of Labdiscs. You will need either an enviro, general science, or biochem Labdisc to perform this activity. We will be predicting the pH of various household beverages and then measure the pH with more accuracy using the Labdisc. We will then analyze and manipulate the data of the acidity of different beverages within the Labdisc software.

Labdisc - Sound Waves

In this course we'll look at another classroom use of Labdiscs. We'll be analyzing sounds and their waves, calculating their frequencies, and then trying to determine an unknown frequency. This requires either a gensci or physio Labdisc. 

Welcome to NAO 2.1.4: Part 4 - Interactive Programs

Welcome back to the world of NAO robotics! In this session, we begin creating interactive functions that use the touch sensors, microphones, and cameras on the NAO robot. Participants will continue to learn new elements of programming logic and language embedded into Choregraphe, and see how they can be used to create deeper programming tasks for their students.

Welcome to NAO 2.1.4: Part 3 - Intro to Choregraphe

Join us as we continue to explore the world of NAO robotics! In this session, we introduce the Choregraphe software and begin to use it to program NAO to talk, move and walk. Participants will explore how to start programming their robot, and discuss how to use the software to introduce key elements of programming logic and language. 

Welcome to NAO 2.1.4: Part 2 - Apps and Channels

Hello again from the world of NAO robotics! In this session, participants will walk through how to locate, download, and install useful apps to be played directly from the NAO robot. We will also explore several examples of applications available in the App Store, including interactive apps and important programs for robot safety. Finally, we will explain the purpose of the Basic Channel and provide criteria on its effective use. 

Welcome to NAO 2.1.4: Part 1 - Setup

Congratulations on joining the world of NAO robotics! In this session, we provide a short introduction and walkthrough on how to set up your new NAO robot for the classroom. Participants will explore how to connect their robot to WiFi, and update their settings to prepare for student use

Becoming an Inventor with littleBits

Use this exciting system to help your students create and invent. Using littleBits encourages students to think outside the box and embrace their creativity. Join us to learn how littleBits can work to promote hands-on learning and collaboration as students gain a new understanding of STEM principles and create useful classroom tools. 

Enhancing Science Experiments with Labdisc

Join us to learn about Labdisc, an engaging data collection tool to help bring your science experiments to a whole new level. Labdisc can be used for a variety of experimental procedures, and can assist in many parts of the scientific process. Come see it in action with our PD Specialists as we take a look at its functionality in a classroom relevant situation.

STEM Horizon

Renewable and alternative energy sources are getting a lot of attention. Thanks to our friends at Horizon Fuel Cells, we've got our hands on a few classroom solar kits. Join us to see how you can use these incredible (and incredibly inexpensive) kits in your STEM classrooms. They are also developing a set of lesson plans to accompany the kits, available at Horizon Curriculum.

NAO and Choregraphe 2.1, Part 5

Join us for this course and continue building your knowledge of Choregraphe software. Learn how to use NAO's sensors for robot controls and to enhance interaction with NAO's life-like behaviors.

NAO and Choregraphe 2.1, Part 4

In this course participants will use Choregraphe's timeline to create complex custom movements and layer behaviors to make NAO truly come alive!

NAO and Choregraphe 2.1, Part 3

Join us as we continue your learning experience with the NAO Robot, by expanding on some of the commands we have already explored in Choregraphe software. Learn more about movement with the NAO Robot, and expand your knowledge on some of the more advanced features of programming that are available with Choregraphe and NAO to maximize usability with software and hardware.

NAO and Choregraphe 2.1, Part 2

Learn to create advanced NAO robot behaviors using the Choregraphe software. Explore how to use Choregraphe's easy-to-use software to make NAO move around, converse with people, and recognize faces and objects.

NAO and Choregraphe 2.1, Part 1

Foster STEM-based skills that can lead your students towards careers in software engineering, artificial intelligence, and more. Learn how to use the Choregraphe software in order to easily program the NAO robot. Walk away with the ability to connect your robot to a computer, and create, save, and play simple NAO robot behaviors.

Engaging Learners in a New STEM Experience

Join us as we look at another great STEM investigation that you can implement in your classroom to engage learners and increase their experience with cross-curricular activities. Learn about the parts of a comprehensive and successful STEM experience that you can use to get students engaged in project based learning.

Engaging Learners in STEM Projects

Improve instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by engaging students in inquiry, discovery, and learning. In this session we will show teachers how to successfully combine STEM concepts, proper pedagogical knowledge, and technology to further ease the understanding of material and increase engagement.

Choose Your Own Adventure with NAO

The NAO Robot is an exciting educational tool that not only teaches students the basics of computer programming, through the accompanying software Choregraphe, but is also an ultimate educational tool that can serve as a platform to encourage group work, scripting, storyboarding, and much much more. Join us as we go through a ?hoose Your Own Adventure?activity with the NAO Robot. This activity will have students working in groups, scripting out a multi-ending story and then programing the NAO Robot. Learn how we can incorporate crucial literacy skills and pair it with the computer programing component of Choregraphe.