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Transcript of Stem Proposal
STEM Center Proposal
Upward Bound (App State)
Hero Steam Motor
Compressed Air Rockets
Hand Launch Helicopters
Homopolar Electric Motor
4 Months Later...
The Space Race
National Defense Education Act of 1958
Woods Hole Conference 1959
POTUS: Prepare & Inspire
(1) Federal ...leadership .
(2) ...Support common baseline.
(3) cultivate, recruit, and reward STEM teachers that prepare
and inspire students.
(4) create STEM-related experiences that excite and interest students of all
(5) support states and school districts in their efforts to transform schools into vibrant STEM learning environments.
Plato & Aristotle
Multiple Tube Rocket Launcher
Built and Programmed by Students
Powered by RaspberryPi
Voted most Fun!
Nation at Risk
"If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war."
No Child Left Behind
STEM Crisis 2011
NASA is dependant on the Russian Soyuz-U Rocket - Almost the same Rocket that launched Sputnik
Johann Heinrich Pestalozz
Varied learning resources over textbooks
Object manipulation over symbolism
Actions over rote knowledge
Intrinsic over extrinsic motivation
Highly personalized study
Assess child’s projects over tests
BSA is Experiential
25 years ago, U.S. led in high school and college graduation rates. Today, U.S. is 20th.
In 2008, 4 % of U.S. BS degrees awarded in engineering. 31% in China.
Paper, Tape, Scissors
I believe I can fly
(Whirling Arm Test)
Add LED to Helicopter
Computer controlled launch
Web site launches rockets
"It is easy to invent a flying machine; more difficult to build one; to make it fly is everything." ----- Otto Lilienthal
Create new STEM Experiences
Transform schools into vibrant
STEM learning environments.
cultivate, recruit, and reward STEM teachers
Big data to improve STEM (Grant)
Data cpture over tests
Data guided Instruction
Data driven supply chain
QR codes / mobile devices
Failure and success modes
Flight and space themes
Student owns it - Viral
< $1 Projects
Use tools and harness energy
Understanding over Features
Stem Center can be a place for teaching candidates to get the STEM bug. (including professionals nearing retirement).
Credited Course work in STEM Experiences, evaluation, continuing ed...
Continuing ed for in-school training.
STEM Experience days.
Library as Hackerspace
Data Guided Instruction (Big Data)
Grants & accredited coursework
Shark Tank - fellowships
Design Lab (dSchool)
Test Kitchen (COF) training
Projects that puzzle and Inspire Us
Students build an experiment for launch in a sounding Rocket
Ejecting a Parachute is more complicated than it appears.
Inertial Relativity prevents simple weights, gyros , mercury have been tried.
Air rockets require small mechanisms
The mech at left costs $0.75
Students create an experiment inside a ping pong ball
World Record Water Rocket 2000 feet
SparkFun Learning Tour