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A study of Inclusive STEM High Schools published by George Washington University provides a STEM Inventory for schools to improve their educational programs. Our research team has identified 14 critical components that characterize the ISHSs in our in-depth qualitative case studies of 8 exemplar ISHSs. Using these data, our research team developed a STEM Inventory that a school can use to improve its STEM education program. The STEM Inventory will provide an overview of the STEM opportunities offered to students and suggest areas for growth and improvement. Read more and download at : STEM Inventory | OSPrI | The George…

Photo of 3D printed pen holder by The Tinkering Studio. The Tinkering Studio at The Exploratorium in San Francisco has created models for 3D printed pen holders they are using to explore new ways to create LEGO Art Machines. They have provided these work-in-progress files for others to tinker with and test on their own 3D printers.  You can read more about creating pen holders and tinkering with LEGO Art Machines on The Tinkering Studio blog at http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/2016/04/12/lego-pen-holder-evolution Following are comments from Ryan Jenkins at The Tinkering Studio, and links to the files at Thingiverse. It seems like there’s a…

The National Afterschool Association has provided four hands-on experiential learning activities for home or classroom. Activities include an indoor lawn, how to weigh an elephant, frozen baseballs and a mini ice rink. You can download each topic at http://naaweb.org/resources/stem-gems/ STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists. Each STEM Gem is designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. The activities begin by setting up connections to prior knowledge, then a hands on activity provides new concepts and the opportunity to design experiments…

Download the files to 3d print braille picture books. Titles include Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Dear Zoo. Tactile Pictures Books have been created by a research team at University of Colorado, Boulder http://tactilepicturebooks.org Source: About TactilePictureBooks – Thingiverse

This easy and inexpensive project is a great way to really make your TV area POP!For this project we add an LED backlight behind our TV mounted on the wall. We found this really cool, flexible, LED tape on Amazon. It is multi color with a remote and power supply and 16 feet of LED strip lighting for under $16! Search Amazon for: ADX 16.4FT Waterproof Flexible Strip Light Kit, 300 Color Changing RGB LEDs w/ IR Remote Controller.We mount some boards to attach the LED light strip to. The LED lights come with a remote and display over 300…

It’s a giant DIY TV! Hang your LED screen on a wall, or take it to your next outdoor festival and blow people’s minds. The Teensy microcontroller from PJRC, paired with their OctoWS2811 shield, makes controlling lots of LEDs really easy using the Arduino programming environment. The Arduino code is open source, so you biggest expense will be the LED lights.  This is a lot cooler than just putting up a big screen TV to display video.  Read more at Make: Source: Construct a Giant LED Video Screen | Make:

Outages with your broadband can drive you to frustration, but you can use the Raspberry Pi, and command line scripting to monitor it. Chances are your broadband speeds are well below what your are paying for.  Here’s a way to monitor the speed using Raspberry Pi and automatically log a request to your provider’s help desk. Read more at Make:. Source: Track Internet Dropouts and Notify Your ISP with RPi | Make:

A trammel of Archimedes is a mechanism that traces out an ellipse. It consists of two shuttles which are confined to perpendicular channels or rails, and a rod which is attached to the shuttles by pivots at fixed positions along the rod. As the shuttles move back and forth, each along its channel, the end of the rod moves in an elliptical path. This mechanism consists of a base with two slots intersecting at right angles. Two sliders are confined within the slots and are attached to a handle by pivots (screws) at fixed positions along the handle. Source: Trammel…

This project is a mix of 3D printing and Arduino. The mushrooms can be downloaded at Thingiverse and Arduino is used to control the LED lights. The app used to control the lamp is AMR_Voice and can be found online. Source: Voice Controlled Mushroom

Ever wanted to make a replica of an object easily? Ever wanted to 3-D print an object, but you had no expertise in 3-D modelling? If these issues have every been encountered in your life, this is the project for you.This project uses a small motor, a simple circuit, an old iPhone with a case, and some pieces of wood. Follow the instructions and you too can easily replicate any small object. This project can easily be completed in less an hour and a half, if you have past expertise in this field (wiring and woodwork) Source: Spin n Scan,…

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