By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
Whether it’s teaching kindergartners to code, or keeping students’ engineering knowledge “fresh,” I’m amazed at the innovative and entertaining new resources available to enrich the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning experience.
Learning should be fun. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
This is a great idea for students interested in STEM! LEARNerds offers “bite-sized engineering challenges” in the form of a daily question/problem. It’s a fun way to stay on top of engineering fundamentals – especially if you’re studying for Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) & Professional Engineering Exam (PE). Can you solve this problem?
Here’s a simple (and free) way for young children to learn coding! ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves — then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life. ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language (http://scratch.mit.edu), used by millions of young people (ages 8 and up) around the world.
Curriki STEM Resources
Did you know that there are thousands of STEM resources on Curriki? There are simply too many to mention, but here are a few popular ones:
- STEMbite videos – A collection of short video clips created by science and math teacher Andrew Vanden Heuvel from Michigan, USA. Using Google Glass he makes these bite-sized videos highlighting the science in our everyday lives and covers: biology, physics, technology and math.
- Sal Khan videos – these popular videos from Khan Academy cover mathematical concepts.
- STEM sheets – A collection of printable and customizable worksheets, flash cards and more from STEM Sheets.
Do me a favor, please, and share this post with someone who’d enjoy these STEM resources.