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STEM Instruction Through Tinkering
July 22-Sept 3 2015
Course meeting dates July 25, Aug 1, Aug 15, Aug 22
All meetings 9 am - Noon
Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning
Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students' interest, engagement, and understanding in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities, effective facilitation strategies and environmental organization. This innovative mixed format course, offered in partnership with ScienceWorks, Exploratorium, and SOU, comes to you from national leaders and local experts in tinkering and science education.
New content is posted through Coursera each week, including videos, readings, and hands-on activities to try. We will be meeting at ScienceWorks to collaborate and try those activities in weeks 1, 2, 4, and 5. This face-to-face time will allow local participants can take advantage of museum resources and build a strong network of regional colleagues.
This course requires the use of some interesting materials for the hands-on explorations each week. We are no longer able to take additional material kit orders at this time. Although we may have additional materials available for purchase at our meetings, we encourage you to begin gathering materials to allow for shipping times. You can follow this link to see the list of materials you will need for all six weeks of activities in this course.
Those wishing to earn 3 hours of graduate level credit through SOU may do so for $70/credit hour. What a deal! Registration for credit happens at the first class meeting on July 25. Earning credit requires completion of the course, participation in meetings at ScienceWorks, and submission of your Tinkering Action Plan and Design Journal/Notebook to Summer at the end of the course.
Anyone interested in participating in the course locally with a few chances to work together at ScienceWorks should register online (as above) and email Summer Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't miss out on this world class opportunity to build your skills, network with other innovative educators, and add tools to your teacher kit that help you foster creativity, persistence, and critical thinking in your students!
Cool Experiments To Try
Cabbage & Chem-eleon Chemistry!
1) Make your own red cabbage pH indicator.
- Chop the cabbage into small pieces until you have about 2 cups of chopped cabbage. Place the cabbage in a large beaker or other glass container and add boiling water to cover the cabbage. Allow at least ten minutes for the color to leach out of the cabbage. (Alternatively, you can place about 2 cups of cabbage in a blender, cover it with boiling water, and blend it.)
- Filter out the plant material to obtain a red-purple-bluish colored liquid. This liquid is at about pH 7. (The exact color you get depends on the pH of the water.)
- Pour about 50 - 100 mL of your red cabbage indicator into each 250 mL beaker.
- Add various household solutions to your indicator until a color change is obtained. Use separate containers for each household solution - you don't want to mix chemicals that don't go well together!
2) Make a chem-eleon!
- Paint your cabbage indicator on a drawing of a chameleon and let it dry. Then paint on with acidic or basic liquids to create patterns.
- Try lemon juice for a safe acid, and dissolved antacid for a safe base with younger students.
Experiment samples with template and completed painting:
Websites we Love!
- Hook your students up with this inspiring online community of DIY (Do It Yourself) learning. Kids can attend virtual camps or work individually to foster creativity and develop skills like Cardboard Building, Fabric Hacking, and Illustration. They can complete challenges to earn patches and upload their projects for others to see. There's even a patch for learning how to relax! This site is a perfect way to extend the learning for those students ready for some enrichment.
NASA's Space Place Newsletter - Free resources on the Space Place website that can be helpful for kids and grown-ups interested learning about science, technology, and space.
All About Chocolate from The Field Museum in Chicago - Use the enticing subject of chocolate to teach your class about the intriguing relationship between nature and culture.