We’ve gathered a list of articles and interesting websites covering many topics that might interest you, such as the importance of STEM education for K-12 students, college readiness, coding, and more.
Teaching STEM … It’s About Trial and Error, Doing Things & Watching Them Not Work – it’s how we (Robotics And Beyond) roll
The Boy Electrician by Alfred P. Morgan (1913 copyright) – an introduction to electricity and magnetism from a time when you could still build things at home
Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca – Each episode tells the dramatic stories behind the world’s greatest inventions—and the perseverance, passion, and price required to bring them to life.
21st Century Trade Skills
mikeroweWORKS Foundation – Founded by Mike Rowe of the Dirty Jobs tv show. This site offers scholarships for individuals who are seeking training in the tech/vocational fields.
How to filter talents to the trades – Great insight to the importance of making traditional and 21st century trade skills as much of an option as our current, common approach to education.
Book: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, by Matthew B. Crawford. All about how hands-on activities and work, whether for meditation and relaxation or as the method of actual work, enables the mind to be much more creative in many people.
How origami influences engineering:
The Origami Revolution – from PBS’ Nova
The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon – Learn more about robotics and programming of robots
Code.org – tutorials and more to promote coding and computer science
JASON Learning – This website connects youth with inspiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) role models via a live, interactive webcast series.
Tinkering – a great site recommended by a 10 year old girl scout
Technology Education Lab (see all tabs on homepage)
ComputerScienceOnline – excellent website for your children to learn about computer science before college
How computers work – videos from Code.org featuring Bill Gates and others
Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove – an educational and informational television series produced for children ages 13-16 that celebrates women who have become superstars in STEM-related careers
IF/THEN – an organization that is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers
PBS SciGirls – real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives