The Elementary STEM Journal

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 2, December

AnimationLand
overviewDisney animators, F. Thomas and O. Johnston, circa 1980, developed 12 principles of animation that are still the foundation of animation programs today. These principles can be taught to elementary students, provided the correct platform and...
Bringing Stem to Life: Essentials for Elementary Stem Education Informal Learning Opportunities
Welcome back to The Elementary STEM Journal! This issue focuses on informal learning experiences. We know there is not enough time or resources to teach everything, let alone to teach it how we would like in the traditional school day. Informal learning...
Computer Programming: Algorithm for Mathematics Exploration!
Did you know that...* Many students decide the STEM subjects are too challenging, boring, and/or uninteresting before they enter eighth grade (PCAST, 2010)?* Women, minorities, and other groups remain vastly underrepresented as STEM majors and in STEM...
Incorporating Engineering and Renewable Technologies into the K-5 Classroom through Culturally Relevant Literature and Design Challenges
1. introductionUnderstanding the need to increase STEM interest and participation across all populations from primary school through higher education, an Engineering professor collaborated with faculty from Teacher Education and Humanities to submit...
Meet Natalie Boe
The Elementary STEM Journal strives to not only share great ideas, but to also highlight the great work happening in elementary STEM classrooms across the country and around the world. Teacher Highlight will introduce readers to one extraordinary elementary...
My Magnificent Thing
my magnificent thing Book Used: Spires, A. (2014). The most magnificent thing. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd. [32 pages; ISBN 978-1-55453-704-4] Book image courtesy of Amazon.comGrade Level: Grade K-2book synopsisA creative young girl has a great...
Passing the Baton
It has been my pleasure to serve as President of the Elementary STEM Council (formerly the Children's Council) for the past three years. My term will end at the close of the annual ITEEA Conference in Kansas City, MO. I have watched this organization...
Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, and Aides
The human body is an amazing thing. With 206 bones and over 650 muscles, expertise in how these parts connect is a sought-after skill.Physical therapists, called PTs, are experts in the human body's function and movement and use these skills to help...
STEM Children's Rhymes: STEM Little Boy Blue
overviewThis activity allows students to use a familiar children's rhyme to learn and incorporate principles of integrative STEM. Students practice recognizing words and identifying a problem (we want the students to design something to help wake up...
Technikcamps: A Technology Education Program in Germany
The technikcamps-named out-of-school program was launched in the summer of 2003 to provide technology education and problem-solving skills to kids and teens. The project is intended to nourish the future demand for young technicians as well as to work...
Travel Time and Informal Teachable Moments
introductionAccording to Rogoff, et al (2014), an informal learning opportunity can be characterized as the following:* Not following a specified curriculum and often not professionally organized but rather originating accidentally, sporadically, in...
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