Thinkport Newsletter: We're Picking up STEAM!

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July 27, 2016

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The learning train is charging forward this summer and picking up steam as we get closer to the school year. Explore a collection of interactive activities, lessons and media to meet your teaching needs in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). 

STEM Activities

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Boost STEM knowledge and practice in your classroom using real-life scenarios and relevant topics that will engage, educate and enlighten your students. Each online interactive includes educator supports and multimedia designed around curricular content. 

Elementary School

Discover what plants and animals need to survive in the rainforest, learn how severe weather affects our homes, and use the engineering design process and an online tool to design a colonial-era settlement.

Middle School

Use the engineering design process to solve real-life problems and design solutions. Activities include designing an eco-friendly T-shirt, building a virtual nest box for an endangered bird, and calculating your carbon footprint. 

Technology and Engineering

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Engage students in technology and engineering projects from PBS LearningMedia. Activities cover everything from robotics and agriculture to aerospace and computer systems. 

Arts Education

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Get Art Smart
Encourage creativity, exploration and imagination with KQED Arts Education resources. Find digital and media-making tools, professional development opportunities, articles, multimedia resources and classroom activities.  

Get Creative with Crafts
Activate summer learning with mind-expanding arts and crafts activities from PBS Parents. Spark kids creative side and work together to make cards, draw birds, create volcanoes and build terrariums. 

Math Adventures

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Lure of the Labyrinth
Monsters, math and learning! Help students gain practice working with proportions, fractions, ratios, number sense and operations on an exciting math adventure that takes place in a monster-inhabited factory. The digital game is designed for middle school grades. 

Peg + Cat Big Problems

Set out on a math adventure with PBS KIDS lovable characters Peg and Cat. They need your help doing things like finding a missing toy or filling the bathtub for a bubble party. In this multimedia activity, kids ages 4-5 will learn new math skills including using a pan balance, estimating capacity, and building a 3-D structure. 

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