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Homedale Taste of STEMAZing and #STEMontheCheap

Resources used to engage 7th grade students and for a half day professional development workshop at Homedale Middle School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cell phone using macro lens hack to magnify five dollar bill

$1 Laser Pointer Macro Lens Hack

Learn how to take apart a $1 keychain laser pointer from Family Dollar and turn it into a macro lens for either a cell phone or tablet. It basically turns your device into a low-powered ...
Adaptations and Allele Theory Cube

Adaptations and Allele Theory Cube

An extension of Theory Cube lesson as applied to adaptations and alleles in biology ...

Binary Number Trick

There are four versions of the binary number trick below. To perform the trick, print out the binary number cards double-sided and cut them out along the dotted lines. Then, have someone think of a ...
Crosscut Symbols

Crosscut Symbols

The Crosscut Symbols below are from Peter A’Hearn. These can be found at http://crosscutsymbols.weebly.com/ with lots of supporting information including critical questions, questions that connect to science and engineering practices, and more for each concept ...
Fourto

Fourto

Fourto is a hack of the game Quarto. Learn how to make your own pieces for either $2 with dollar store pieces, the cost of copies of the 2D pieces, or use the template to ...
Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind

16 Habits of Mind that we want to develop in our students ...
Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices

Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices

If we could recommend only one book to help with implementation of the new science standards, this would be it! When it’s time for a game change, you need a guide to the new rules. Helping ...
Next Generation Science Storylines

Next Generation Science Storylines

The Next Generation Science Storylines project is dedicated to providing tools that support teachers in developing, adapting, and teaching with strongly aligned NGSS materials in classrooms around the country. We like their Science and Engineering ...
NGSS Practices Web from NextGenStorylines

NGSS Practices Web from NextGenStorylines

The scientific method is out! It is all about the web! ...
Pepper's Pyramid hack atop a cell phone screen

Pepper’s Pyramid Projector

Turn your cell phone or tablet into a 3D hologram-like projector using plastic you would normally recycle. Reuse flat clear plastic to give this old physics trick a high tech twist. Less ecologically friendly, but ...
Physics Ring and Chain Trick

Physics Ring and Chain Trick

NOT MAGIC! Can you master the physics ring and chain trick? Check out this document for directions and info about where to get your own ring and chain - or 100s of them! ...
Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts Into Assessment and Instruction

Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts Into Assessment and Instruction

Prompts for both formative and summative assessment for each of the crosscutting concepts. Great for thinking about the questions you ask students as they are doing science and engineering projects. STEM Tool #41 from STEM ...
Questions that Blend CCCs and SEPs

Questions that Blend CCCs and SEPs

These questions merge ideas from the crosscutting concepts and the science and engineering practices ...
R.A.F.T.  Resource Area for Teaching

R.A.F.T. Resource Area for Teaching

Resource Area for Teaching has loads of Idea Sheets which you can search through for exceptional, #STEMontheCheap ideas like Design Inspirations ...
Screaming Balloon

Screaming Balloon

Put a hex nut into a balloon, move it in a circle at just the right frequency, and listen to it SCREAM! ...
Star Wars Sound Machine

Star Wars Sound Machine

Adding a Styrofoam cup as a sounding board to a metal Slinky turns it into a Star Wars sound machine! ...
STEM Teaching Tools

STEM Teaching Tools

Practice briefs and tools which will help any educator focused on shifting their science instruction toward 3-dimensional instruction. These very short pieces highlight ways of working on specific issues that come up during STEM teaching ...
photo of a journal made with the STEMAZing hack

STEMAZing Journal Hack

Make graph paper STEMAZing journals that require no staples or tape, using an old bookbinding trick ...
Straw Oboe

Straw Oboe

Using two different diameter straws, create an oboe with just a simple cut to create a reed and a little bit of practice ...
Theory Cubes - Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Theory Cubes – Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Theory cubes is the BEST nature of science lesson of all time. Engage students to use evidence to support their claims and then demonstrate the way science works by not revealing the "right" answer. NOTE: ...
Toys From Trash

Toys From Trash

#STEMontheCheap at its best! Our core belief is that children learn by doing - by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking -- pulling things apart, putting things together. We believe that this hands-on science helps them relate ...
Two Looper Airplanes

Two Looper Airplanes

The two looper airplane is a great model for having students engineer other designs. Fantastic to iterate through the engineering design process multiple times because it only takes straws, tape, and index cards to let ...
Wack-a-Pack Science - PQRST

Wack-a-Pack Science – PQRST

Our favorite phenomenon - Wack-a-Packs from Dollar Tree! These can generally be found for every holiday and also in the birthday section. Use this phenomenon to drive questions for lots of different avenues of exploration ...

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