Welcome to all those taking summer term courses! This is a time to learn new concepts and applications to your educational practice! This is a time to leave old, outdated, non-productive ways of learning and coping behind with the last term. It is a time to try new study strategies!
Best quote for beginning new endeavors…
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain
Our Dad use to tell us that, to earn a top grade in any class that it was important to begin work on new reading assignments within 4-6 hours of receiving them. Try this Organizing Action principle today! (preferrably within 4-6 hours!)
Chiong Sie Jing (2015). 30 best motivational quotes for research students. Word Press. https://www.edithumbs.com/motivational-quotes-for-research-students/
The EDP Cycle remains relevant! There is one phase of the grade 5-12 EDP cycle that every classroom participant can relate to, whether student or teacher, and that is “Build a model or Prototype.” In the K-4 EDP Cycle, this component is labeled “Evaluate.”
The “Build a Model or Prototype/Evaluate phase is continuously being applied in business using the word Beta test. Here is an example from current business news that fits with all of the snow of the Winter season.
The Snowbot is a square robot that shovels snow! Here it is in action!
Currently in development and Beta text by the company – https://www.thesnowbot.com/pages/become-a-beta-tester
STEM/STEAM Application: Have you ever participated in a Beta test? It might be a fun class activity to show the Snowbot videos to Students who would serve in the role of Focus Group participants! What do you think about this and/or what other EDP applications come to mind when viewing the Snowbot videos?
On this day, 52 years ago, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (born 1930) landed on the Moon in the greatest engineering accomplishment of the 20th century!
Today, just outside dusty Van Horn, Texas a small team of private citizens blasted off in the Blue Origin rocket called the Alan Shepard. The rocket was named after Alan Shepard (1923-1998), the astronaut who, in 1961 became the first American and the second man to travel into space. Ten years later, Shepard also walked on the Moon.
Field Trips or Field Excursions have been a foundational component of educational and instructional practice . Two notable Critical Thinkers, Friedrich Froebel and John Dewey encouraged educational excursions (Woods, 1937). The Existentialist Henry David Thoreau and his brother John are considered to be the first teaching pair to include field excursions in their Concord curriculum circa 1839 (Lunsford, 2019).
The Blue Origin private citizens Jeff Bezos, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk, Mark Bezos, and Oliver Daemen became astronauts when they took an 11-minute field trip, including 3 minutes of weightlessness in the first Field Trip 66.5 miles (351, 210 feet) above Earth!
What are your thoughts on today’s flight?
Read More Here: https://www.space.com/blue-origin-jeff-bezos-first-astroanut-launch-crew
For one week, starting Monday, May 11-18th, the STEM for All Showcase, highlighting various NSF-funded projects advancing STEM education, will be fully activated for engagement. This is a great way to see thinking in action and the interesting projects going on across the globe.
Check the IC4 research team’s video May 11-18th… you may want to visit periodically, contribute to the comments and ask questions. The comments will only be live during this week and archived for the future.
How does collaborative STEM project-based learning change when the participating students represent fundamentally distinct cultures, countries, economic, and social backgrounds, and work together over synchronous and asynchronous internet settings? All the more timely during the current pandemic, the IC4 (ic4.site) projects seeks to understand and shape such learning through international and cross-cultural collaboration. The project continues to expand intellectually and geographically.
Does the use of videoconferencing in such STEM project-based learning settings alter intersubjectivity or shared meaning in ways that might have broad social impact?
Differences in where people live and in our cultures factor deeply into social and economic fractures in US and global society. Can students working together across such boundaries experience virtual presence and shared meaning-making through project collaborations in ways that allow deeper appreciation of each other’s differences, and reduce such fractures?
Does such collaboration from the context and comfort of one’s own cultural settings helped to neutralize anxiety and distrust of others, and in ways that are promising for the next generation learning settings that will feature more abundant international collaboration at middle and secondary school levels?
Featuring students who collaborate with one another from sites in the US, Kenya, Mexico, and Brazil, the IC4 (International Community for Collaborative Content Creation) project explores the intersection of learning, culture, and collaboration. Supported by NSF’s AISL Program, the project provides an international, collaborative, and digital makerspace that explores these questions and seeks to understand how student learning changes when collaborating teams identify themselves as teachers seeking to help peers understand STEM topics.
An NSF Project
This project, supporting students who collaborate in digital makerspaces in six countries, is funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Award #1612824.
Also, check out other projects in the Showcase, at least two or three, and provide some comments to them. Dialogue and exchange adds to our awareness of innovations in our learning landscape.
Happy Fibonacci Day! Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (aka Leonardo Fibonacci) (1170-1250) created the Fibonacci Sequence in 1225 to solve the puzzle of rabbit breeding rates. It has since been found to occur widely in nature.
Today’s date corresponds to the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence – 1 1 2 3
This video offers a exposition of the patterns recurring in the Fibonacci sequence
This video synergizes the number sequence to music.
There is a lively discussion already on Twitter at the hashtag #FibonacciDay and #MathMonday
Tonight’s Supermoon is also known as a “Pink Moon,” the first full moon of spring. Native Americans named this moon because of the pink phlox that blooms around this time. It has special names in other countries too such as Bak Poya, Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or the Full Fish Moon. STEM Alert: Not all Pink Moons are also Supermoons. A Moon has to come within 90% of its closest approach to Earth (or 224,865 miles) to be formally defined as a Super Moon.
STEM Alert: The Pinkish hue (sometimes more orange if you are in a city), is from photons passing through dusty particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. Earth’s atmosphere of oxygen and nitrogen filters the bluer wavelengths (through refraction) of moonlight so your eyes may see more of a pink tone. Full moons also have some tide effects.
If you need a break from being inside, tonight’s the night!
If you would rather view the Pink Moon virtually, here are some fun resources: Astronomy Briefing https://youtu.be/WNlgftoWaHI
STEAM Alert: What’s in a Name? The Almanac pairs the other named moons with their date of appearance: Wolf Moon – January 10 Snow Moon – February 9 Worm Moon – March 9 Pink Moon – April 8 Flower Moon – May 7 Strawberry Moon – June 6 Buck Moon – July 5 Sturgeon Moon – August 3 Full Corn Moon – September 2 Hunter’s Moon – October 1 Beaver Moon – November 30 Cold Moon – December 30
There is also a connection between the Pink Moon and Nick Drake.
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Basham, J. D., & Marino, M. D. (2013, March). (PDF) Understanding STEM Education and Supporting Students … Retrieved January 8, 2020, from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275353986_Understanding_STEM_Education_and_Supporting_Students_through_Universal_Design_for_Learning.