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Maia Neidig Maia Neidig 355 Points

Hello!

My name is Maia, I am a teacher candidate at Penn State Harrisburg. With classes being moved to remote learning and all the schools going to online learning, I was wondering about ways to implement STEM into remote learning. What are some ways to implement STEM into remote learning and would it be difficult to accomplish?

Emily Faulconer Emily Faulconer 4975 Points

What grade level? PhET simulations are excellent tools for interactive online STEM learning. 

Denise Wright Denise Wright 440 Points

There are a variety of ways STEM can be taught online:

1) Coding Simulator Programs, Microbit, https://makecode.microbit.org/ 

This simulator acts similar to microbit students, can design code that will show their name, play games, practice if then statements with the A and B buttons. 

 

2) Game Design, Meowbit, https://arcade.makecode.com/ 

 

Students can learn about the foundations of game design and coding. Fun games can be created and students can download them on the minature game counsel. 

 

3) Creating Augmented and Virtual Reality Spaces on your home computer with Cospaces EDU 

 

4) Minecraft EDU has a bunch of lesson plans for  STEM 

 

5) Tinker CAD - teaches students about CAD ( computer aided design)

 

6) Citizen Science Projects throught a variety of apps that can be found on Science Starter. Org 

 

I hope this will get you started with remote teaching and learning. Please, check out my article this month in Science Scope. My column is called the Online Teacher. 

Thanks, Denise Wright 

 

 

Makayla Schluter Makayla Schluter 130 Points

Hello Maia,

I think this is a great question! I have also been interested in how educators provide STEM content for the remote learning setting. I am a third-year elementary education major at Wartburg College and I’m currently enrolled in Elementary Science Methods. Through this course, as well through experience in previous science courses, I believe there are some great ways to provide STEM instruction online. 

In my previous college science courses, we have used PhET labs to reinforce the content we learned in class. The labs on this site are very interactive and span many different content areas within the STEM discipline. With the inability to provide hands-on laboratory activities, the simulations on this site provide the means for students to interact and experiment from their device. Educators could also provide coordinating lab sheets, and reflection activities for students to complete and turn in digitally to provide proof that they have completed the simulation.

Another resource I have learned about through this Science Methods course is Minecraft EDU. For our course, we are expected to complete the educator certification and instruction course for the program. Through this program, I have learned a great deal about the different ways STEM can be taught through this program. For example students can complete coding activities, create elements and compounds, plan and execute building projects and visually represent math concepts. Most fascinating to me was a lesson in which students constructed a full model of the human cell within the Minecraft application. Teachers can use boards within the worlds they create to provide instruction and guidance. Using gamification, students are able to learn STEM content through a fun video-game platform.

Finally, I believe there are many engaging ways in which students can learn STEM within the environment they are completing their remote learning. Being mindful of the resources available to students, educators can provide many inquiry-based activities students could complete from home. For example, ask students to go outside and make observations about the natural world around them. Students can complete such things as observing the phases of the moon, developing hypotheses about things they observe, and completing small, safe experiments using items found around the house such as the reaction of baking soda and vinegar or cornstarch and water (with parent permission). 

I hope you are provided with many resources educators are using in their class. Through experience and with this methods course I hope to learn more about available resources for teaching STEM in a remote setting.

 

 

Zach Millan Zach Millan 609 Points

I've found that Gizmo (by ExploreLearning) is an interesting tool for virtual labs. Students are able to run guided simulations with the instructor and users can upload different guided activites with the simulation to help maintain student engagement while learning about the topic. In my class, I will be running a virus transmission activity with my students to discuss our social distancing procedures for COVID-19.

Brandon Ramirez Brandon Ramirez 655 Points

Hi Zach, 

 

I love this idea and resource. I have not looked into it but hope there might be a way that I can also create some sort of document out of something likethis so that I can provide it to my students who are not able to access lessons digitally. Cool idea, I have been searching for some really unique ways but it can be very difficult!

Amanda Robin amanda robin 1395 Points

Yes, I agree trying to teach STEM from home is difficult.

Melanie Chappell Melanie Chappell 260 Points

This is useful information, I am going to check it out.  I teach STEM science.

 

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