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Claire Ainsworth Claire Ainsworth 705 Points

I am really interested in project based learning and incorporating in my future classroom. I have done experiments in my class where students designed their own rockets and tested them but I would love to hear how other people have incorporated these types of projects in their science curriculum. I am also extremely interested in having my students take part in citizen science projects so any insights into how teachers have incorporated these types of projects into their curriculum would be much appreciated.

Carly Deeter Carly Deeter 1620 Points

Aa part of my science education at my university, my classmates and I work at the Maryland Science center. We work alongside the staff with the demonstration carts they show throughout the museum. The Maryland Science Center's website has tons of experiments and instructions to try in the classroom and at home. Go to www.marylandsciencecenter.org click on "science encounters" from the top menu then click on "science at home". I hope these help give you some ideas!

Susanne Hokkanen Susanne Hokkanen 79520 Points

I am the new STEM coordinator for my school district. It is my vision to begin to incorporate PBL modules as the STEM component to the current science curriculum. Our goal is to have one unit/project for each semester. The ideal project will align and/or compliment the current curriculum map in science, and enhance the learning potential of the students.

Peggy Ashbrook Margaret Ashbrook 10953 Points

Claire and Susanne, What grade student are you working with? Project based learning is strongly supported in early childhood, which is variously described as birth-grade 3 or preK-grade 2. See the Project Approach work began by Lillian Katz and Sylvia Chard: http://projectapproach.org/ An archived webinar by Dr. Chard: http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/engaging-childrens-hearts-and-minds-teaching-and-learning-with-the-project-approach/ Changing Classroom Practice to Include the Project Approach by Ann-Marie Clark, 2006. http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v8n2/clark.html The Buck Institute for Education has a website about the Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum model they developed: http://bie.org/about I’m wondering how these two models overlap, especially for grades K-2? Peggy

George Mehler George Mehler 1575 Points

Hello Claire and Susanne, My name is George Mehler and I am a science methods professor at Temple University. I have been developing a YouTube channel with science demonstrations for every idea that young learners should know before they enter high school. Our goal is to incorporate more STEM int he classroom. Attached below is the link to the channel, check it out, and subscribe! Coming later this year we will have additional readings, poems, math activities, and assessments. I hope you find this helpful https://www.youtube.com/user/funsciencedemos Best, Dr. George Mehler Ed.D., Temple University

Jessica Lyons Jessica Lyons 310 Points

Thank you so much for taking the time to post the link to your YouTube channel. It is a great source for new teachers looking for ideas that make science fun and engaging. I also perused the website Fun Science Support. I think it is amazing that the site provides writing, poetry, and prompts that support science in the classroom in various ways. As an added bonus to all the great ideas and information, translations are provided! These are great resources, and I am happy to have come across them!

Sharouq Zabarah Sharouq Zabarah 660 Points

Thank you for sharing !

Leslie Bolton leslie bolton 405 Points

love child based learning

Cindy Alvarenga Cindy Alvarenga 330 Points

I love the idea of project based learning. I think that in order to ensure that all students are learning the educators need to make sure they are providing all students with various methods to learn. I love the resources that were provided to you on this post. I will love to view the videos on the professors youtube channel! Thank you for your post and starting this conversation on a very important topic. 

Cindy Alvarenga Cindy Alvarenga 330 Points

I love the idea of project based learning. I think that in order to ensure that all students are learning the educators need to make sure they are providing all students with various methods to learn. I love the resources that were provided to you on this post. I will love to view the videos on the professors youtube channel! Thank you for your post and starting this conversation on a very important topic. 

Alex Reynolds Alex 10 Points

I get ideas from people who make new things. How great it is to see something new being made quordle

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