On our latest podcast we are excited to talk to our new partner and inventor Alex Tyink giving us a deep dive into the many facets of our new Food Machine Lab Curriculum. Alex built his first aeroponic grow machine in a New York apartment as an idea to feed the poor. Now he is working with SmarterSTEM to help students learn science and nutrition using our new FoodMachineLab Curriculum. Listen below the fold: Continue reading
Abby Daun likes running her fingers over the numbers and ridges of a small clock she designed and printed in 3D, according to a recent USA Today article. One of the reasons why SmarterSTEM loves 3D Printing as part of our 3D Pathway is because of the deeper connection it makes with students.
The seventh-grader at Webster Stanley Middle School has a knack for 3D printing, and said she chose to make a clock for her first project because the design is simple and complex at the same time.
“I can actually hold something I made,” she said. “I didn’t have to do much. I just designed it and it printed out like that.” READ MORE
All Hands On Deck
At SmarterSTEM we believe in project-based forms of education which connect theory to reality for students and teachers. How many fond memories do you have of textbooks, lectures and exams? It’s the team-oriented, results-driven, hands-on projects that inspire curiosity, and students agree.
“It’s the hands-on aspect I like the best,” said student Nick Clement of Tustin High School’s T-Tech engineering program which built SmarterSTEM’s Racer8 in class. In our podcast interview he said building the go-kart in class made it “…more interesting to see how things work and how they go together.” Continue reading
Thank you, teachers in San Jose, for inviting SmarterSTEM to take part in their inaugural Water Walk celebration. The event featured students forming a “bucket brigade” to carry water around, simulating how people in other parts of the world actually bring water to their families. Continue reading
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(New York Times) When the Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin, suggested last month that students majoring in French literature should not receive state funding for their college education, he joined a growing number of elected officials who want to nudge students away from the humanities and toward more job-friendly subjects like electrical engineering.
Frustrated by soaring tuition costs, crushing student loan debt and a lack of skilled workers, particularly in science and technology, more and more states have adopted the idea of rewarding public colleges and universities for churning out students educated in fields seen as important to the economy. READ MORE
On this episode Alex and Mike talk about the big expansion plans underway at the Electric Auto Shop adding more STEM pathways. See our latest curricula at EFCC 2016 in Sacramento, California, March 6-8, 2016.
Electric Auto Shop is now a part of SmarterSTEM, providing multiple pathways for STEM education. Today’s STEM classrooms use new technologies to inspire students and while we will continue bringing electric vehicles and alternative fuels to our students via Electric Auto Shop, we will bring new ideas like our 3D Curricula Pathway, which uses 3D printing and design to unlock a multitude of new projects for students, from electric vehicles, to drones, to medical prostheses. Continue reading
It’s important for students to learn the nuts and bolt of technology via hands-on training, rather than simply being users of the technology. On a recent podcast (LISTEN) we talked about an article in ARS Technica, “Why it’s critical for the next gen to be tech creators not consumers.” Continue reading
Education company SmarterSTEM will demonstrate an electric vehicle lab and a breakthrough solar oven course at its booth for the 2016 Educating for Careers Conference, EFCC, March 6-8, 2016 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. Booths: 116-118. With the theme “New STEM Pathways” SmarterSTEM is bringing real world projects like electric vehicles, solar ovens and 3D printers to students. Continue reading
Auto shop teacher Sorin Neagu caused a spectacle when he launched Independence High School’s new course.
He drove through the center of school at lunchtime in front of hundreds of students, in a shiny three-wheeled hot rod, offering rides and rewarding his best students with turns behind the wheel. What better way to recruit students to a new course in STEM education? Continue reading