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
A great introduction to Swift, the language of Apple’s iOS and all iOS apps. Not only a skill in high demand, but a new and important link in the chain of all programming languages.
An excellent resource for the Apple iOS programming language SWIFT. The piece is written for educators but parents or older students with personal interest or coding experience will find it to be very valuable.
The most valuable coding languages in 2020. (Robotics And Beyond was already on this path several years ago but it’s good to see agreement!)
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
PBS SciGirls – real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives
Kari Byron Head Rush – Cool science experiments hosted by Kari Byron, formerly of Myth Busters
IF/THEN – an organization that is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers