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Science & Engineering: A Perspective on Distinct Disciplines

In our STEM Spotlight Video Blog our guest blogger, Dr. Jemima Barrowman, shares her professional background as a Life Scientist as well as her reasons for writing Science and Engineering: A Perspective on Distinct Disciplines. Dr. Barrowman’s insights on this perspective have been very helpful to our staff of STEM Educators throughout our experiences with teaching both the Life and Applied Sciences at Allendale Columbia School (Rochester, NY). As an added STEM Education resource, we (in collaboration with Dr. Barrowman) have also developed a classroom poster summarizing some of the excellent key points of this paper. It is our hope that this classroom poster will assist other STEM Educators with clarifying some important key points: Science and Engineering are not mutually exclusive disciplines. The disciplines are distinct, but they are highly dependent on one another for the success and advancement of each…

We encourage you to enlarge, laminate, and display this POSTER in your STEM classrooms!

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NEW VEX IQ ROBOTICS CLASSROOM CURRICULUM – BY TEACHERS FOR TEACHERS

We are pleased to announce the publication of our new VEX IQ Robotics classroom curriculum specifically written for elementary and middle school teachers. As authors, we, Sue Sorrentino and Donna Chaback, are passionate about providing comprehensive robotics instruction to all classroom students – not just the few in after school programs or on competitive teams!

Our SAMPLE Curriculum PDF provides more information as well as sample lessons and supporting documents. Everything is included for launching a successful, introductory unit of study from first unboxing your construction sets and efficiently setting up your classroom to running exciting, end-of-unit, team alliance matches modeled directly after official VEX IQ Robotics Tournaments!

To order: contact iDesign Solutions

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CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Schedule-permitting, we continue to present at local and national-level, Education Conferences with sharing about our instructional pedagogy as practicing STEM teachers at Allendale Columbia School:

Providing a K-8 STEM Continuum of Real World, Engineering Education with Robotics

  • Providing proven, systematic, and comprehensive instructional strategies, effective classroom management techniques, and efficient equipment & materials organization absolutely essential in today’s classrooms of young, diverse, and energetic students…
  • Re-purposing robotics systems and electronic components across multiple classrooms and grade levels (i.e., Navigation Engineering at one grade level, Innovation Engineering at another, etc.)…
  • Requiring individualized programming tasks for each team of two students for providing indepth content learning & individualized student performance data…
  • And so much more…

 

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A Great Read for Teachers & Administrators!

The STEM Shift: A Guide for School Leaders, written by Ann Myers and Jill Berkowicz, is a great resource for enlarging the perspective of teachers and school administrators with the reality of shifting to a comprehensive, integrated STEM school or district as being within their reach! Process-specific best practices and strategies are provided to help you:

  • Understand, create, and lead the STEM change process
  • Transform existing school programs
  • Prepare the school community for STEM and plan for STEM integration
  • Integrate 21st century skills, the arts, and humanities
  • Create essential partnerships with business and higher education

Spike C. Cook, Author of Connected Leadership: It’s a Click Away, provides one of many outstanding endorsements:

“Want to know the four most important words for 21st century learning? Authors Myers and Berkowicz reveal that science, technology, engineering, and math are the four words that will unlock your students’ learning opportunities and open up a world of possibilities. This book is filled with examples that will help schools and districts become ‘STEM-centric’ learning environments focused on identifying and solving problems. The STEM Shift will help you build bridges to the 21st century…and beyond!”

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Supporting VEX IQ Robotics Teams & Coaches

As avid promoters, mentors, and coaches for a variety of Elementary & MS Robotics Teams, we are pleased to announce that we are adding yet another, exciting Robotics Competitive venue, to our repertoire of (volunteer) support services, specifically:

FREE Informational Meetings & Coach Training Services in support of VEX IQ Robotics Team formations, Grades 4 – 8, throughout the Greater Rochester Area.

Equally exciting, we have been hosting sanctioned events including both VEX IQ Robotics Qualifying & State Championship Competitions at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, New York! While the following link is from 2016, it still contains useful information about VEX IQ Robotics Team Formations & Competitions:  MORE INFO HERE

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SUPPLIES FOR VEX IQ ROBOTICS TEAMS & SCHOOL CLASSROOMS:

Scott Read of iDesign Solutions works directly with school Team Coaches for ordering VEX IQ Robotics equipment/supplies. In addition, Scott also works directly with school administrators and teachers with developing STEM Programs, in grades 4-12 classrooms, implementing VEX IQ & EDR Robotics, 3D Printing, and more. With his years of experience as both a teacher and public school principal, Scott is a great resource! Contact:  scott@idesignsol.com  |  716-796-0584 ext. 222

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IMPORTANT COACH NOTES FOR VEX IQ ROBOTICS TEAMS:

The Vista Teach STEM Team has created a resource document for VEX IQ Team Coaches. The document covers important information and details we cover in our (volunteer) Coach Training Sessions held at Allendale Columbia School:

Contact Sue@VistaTeach.biz to be notified of our next coach training sessions.

RESOURCE DOCUMENT for VEX IQ Team Coaches

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STORAGE DESIGN for VEX IQ Robotics System

Classroom Organization for the Super Kit  

Efficient materials organization – especially with hundreds/thousands of parts + high-end, electronic components – is absolutely essential for implementing successful programs in comprehensive Engineering Education in today’s (large) classrooms of young, energetic, and diverse students – along with also maintaining “teacher sanity!”

We have organized all structural and electronic components into two VEX storage trays as well as in the bottom of the storage tub. While the Super Kit comes with one storage tray, you will need to purchase an additional storage tray ($10/each) for each classroom Super Kit in order to organize all components following our storage guides. We also recommend the storage guides be laminated or placed in clear plastic sleeves/sheet protectors before storing inside each kit.

Download 3-Page PDF document.

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STORAGE DESIGN for LEGO EV3

LEGO EV3 Core Sets only  

Efficient materials organization – especially with hundreds/thousands of parts + high-end, electronic components – is absolutely essential for implementing successful programs in comprehensive Engineering Education in today’s (large) classrooms of young, energetic, and diverse students – along with also maintaining “teacher sanity!”

Refer to this READ ME FIRST document followed by, this PDF document

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STORAGE DESIGN for LEGO EV3

LEGO EV3 Core Sets + Expansion Sets  

Refer to this READ ME FIRST document followed by, this PDF document

All common elements for both the Core + Expansion Sets are stored in the Plano Angled Tack Box (728-000 Guide Series). Specialty parts, unique to the Expansion Set, are organized, labeled, and stored in the Creative Option Large Utility Box ($5 at Walmart) in the following section.

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STORAGE DESIGN for LEGO EV3

LEGO EV3 Expansion Sets  

Refer to this READ ME FIRST document followed by, this PDF document

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Specialty parts, unique to the Expansion Set, are organized, labeled, and stored in the Creative Option Large Utility Box ($5 at Walmart).

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BINGO GAME DESIGN for LEGO WeDo Robotics

Reinforcing System Components Vocabulary  

Print out and laminate this PDF document for up to 24 individual student players (if more students, assign Bingo callers, etc.).