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An exciting ten day, on-campus engineering camp for high school students held at three premier universities across the United States in 2019.


Roundup: Parent Resources for STEM at Home

During this unprecedented time, with students home from school and many parents juggling working from home, teaching their children and caregiving, TryEngineering has developed a list of STEM eLearning resources to support you.

  • Tips for Families: Connections Academy has an excellent article: Tips to Support Success for K-12 Students and Families. Experts in teaching students who learn from home, Connections Academy educators share their tips for student success and learning at home.
  • STEM Curriculum: Kahn Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers. Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. With school’s closed, Khan Academy and Khan Academy Kids are offering daily schedules for students ages 2-18 to keep them learning. Schedule | Parent & Teacher Resources
  • Learn a New Skill: Now is a good time to learn a new skill. DIY has huge library of courses where students can learn new skills in areas such as: engineering, art, fitness, adventure, science, making and design. Each course includes hands-on projects and how-to videos. DIY also has an awesome kid community. It has a 14 day free trial.  Also check out TinkerCad to learn computer aided design (CAD) and Scratch to learn how to block code.
  • Take a College Course: Taking college courses for free is a great option for older students. There are many free college course available at this time including from many of the Ivy League universities.
  • Hands-on Design Challenges: For some fun hands-on engineering design challenges, that use materials you can find at home, check out Global Design Squad, TryEngineering Engineering Lesson Plan ToolKit, and Engineering Tomorrow Virtual Instagram Challenges.
  • Virtual Field Trips: Virtual Field Trips are a fun way to engage kids while at home. There are many great museums, zoos, aquariums, and theme parks with virtual tours.
  • Invention Video Series: Watch The Henry Ford emmy award-winning, Invention Nation, with Mo Rocca. Catch up on 6 seasons of Invention Nation, that showcase present day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs. It would be great to watch one or two shows a week and then discuss as a family.
  • Coronavirus Science Lessons: NSTA and Exploratorium have created lessons around the science of the coronavirus.
  • Inquiry Project: With an inquiry project (also called passion project or curiosity project), students choose something they are interested in or something that sparks curiosity and then they research it and create a project to share what they learned. Here is a good article by MindShift to read before you get started: How to Ease Students into Independent Inquiry Projects.

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