STEM Forward’s annual sySTEMnow conference brings K-12 educators together with folks from higher-ed, industry, and nonprofits that have an interest in advancing STEM Education. With such a diverse group in attendance, we wanted to create an opportunity for students to share not what they have completed, but the problems they are working on as part of a longer running project– a chance for them to articulate the problem the are focused on and get input and feedback from a broad range of perspectives.
Our session at the conference last week gave four teams of students the chance to do just that, with two rounds of feedback followed by a general discussion to pull out overarching themes, advice, and commendations for the participating students and their teachers. Participating teams included:
St. Francis High School -Independent Study Robotics Cohort
Glen Hills Middle School -Future City
Golda Meir Middle School -Fire App
JCI / Elmbrook Schools -FIRST Robotics
After our session students had a chance to share their work with more attendees as part of the Generation STEM showcase. A big thanks to Milwaukee Succeeds for sponsoring the session!
At STEM Forward’s sySTEMnow conference on Thursday October 29th we’ll facilitate a discussion on how to effectively engage students in STEM education under distance learning. At the conference, we’ll run separate breakout groups for elementary, middle, and high school. This follow up session will give us a chance to recap what we heard on Thursday, and explore where collaborative efforts might address some of the issues raised.
The highest form of recycling is reuse… in a Rube Goldberg Machine
Participating in STEM Forward’s Rube Goldberg Competitions? Looking for ideas and/or parts for your project? With our partners in this event, we’ll be giving away both. We’ll also have equipment you can take apart to find what you are looking for. Join us on Saturday March 10th in MIAD’s Student Union between 10 am and 1 pm.
Parts from old typewriters and telephones
Weird stuff that someone found and thought might be useful to someone someday