Background: We enjoyed reading the book The Gingerbread Man by Gerald Rose. At the end of our story, the poor little gingerbread man became a tasty treat for the sly fox. Challenge: You are to design and create a “something” that will help the gingerbread man cross the river safely without anyone’s help. Criteria: Your method (“something”) must: Be no larger than 6 inches...
Background: We read the book Mechanimals by Chris Tougas. In the story a tornado destroys all of the farm buildings and blows away the animals. Now the farmer needs your help to re-build his farm so he can have his animals back.   He needs you to help to make his dreams become reality. Design Challenge: Work with two team...
Joan Harper-Neely, STEM Education Specialist, National Institute of Aerospace What is NASA eClips™? NASA eClips™ is a proven and effective multi-media educational program. Since 2008, the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) has worked with NASA to develop the NASA eClips suite of educational resources, including videos, educator guides, and numerous supporting classroom materials. NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education continues to...
Amanda Norris, STEM teacher at Tidewater Academy In spring of 2013, Tidewater Academy had the privilege of receiving a staff development class on Children’s Engineering directed by Mrs. Joyce Anderson.  She provided our K-5 teachers a day full of hands-on projects for us to design and build.  As a fourth grade teacher, I was inspired by this class. After that class,...
Tricia Furtek, Moorefield Station Elementary Loudoun County Public Schools As educators, we joke about the need for more time, more room, or more resources. That, put  together with overcrowded schools with an ever-growing population, makes it seem impossible to have success with our students. Before the start of the 2015-2016 school year, a colleague and I were posed with the...
Jill Carlton, M.S.Ed., Gifted Resource Teacher and Jade Cattell, MAT, 4th Grade Teacher Albert Einstein said, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” This quote embodies what children’s engineering is all about.  Each year, the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council sponsors a conference to reinforce...
I bring you greetings from the Board of Directors of the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council (VCEC)! For over 20 years, the VCEC, an organization sponsored by both the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Technology and Engineering Educators Association (VTEEA), has worked assiduously to help educators provide students with authentic opportunities so they can begin to think...
So you’re thinking about starting a robotics club? Good, you should! Why? Your students will love you for it. Trust me. I took the plunge three years ago by convert-ing my after-school computer club to a robotics club at Millboro Elementary School. That was my first choice. The second choice was deciding what robot or kit to go with. I...
President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on August 22, 2016. Selected among these exceptional teachers was Pocahontas Elementary School teacher Barbara Adcock, presently serving as Powhatan County Public Schools’ STEM Coach. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers across the country....
The 78th ITEEA annual conference was held March 2-4 at the Gaylord Hotel in Washington D.C. The conference, as usual, was a huge success. This year’s conference was focused on the theme “Collaborate to Build a Diverse STEM-Lit-erate Society.” The pre-conference workshops and all other events were fully attended. From Virginia, 110 teachers and professors attended the conference. On...
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