nuSTEM Newsletter 1 (3/20 – 3/27) – Intro to Engineering

We will be sharing a newsletter with an engineering activity each week and encourage you to email into us photos of projects and/or student work that we will share on our Blog.

Welcome to Week 1!
The topic for this week is: the Engineering Design Process!

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In this newsletter you will be introduced to a STEM topic and find a related-activity to work on during the week (please share your results with us!). In addition, we will introduce a Northeastern faculty member working on related research and post some interesting links to related content.

Highlights from Last Week
Coming in the future! This is week 1; please submit pictures of your work on the activity from this week so we can add them to next week’s highlights!

Resource Highlights
It was incredible difficult to pick this week’s resource highlights, as there are so many incredible websites dedicated to engineering and engineering education!

  • TeachEngineering – STEM Curriculum for K-12
    Engineers have a hand in designing, creating or modifying nearly everything around us. On this website, you can find out more in a growing collection of 750+ free, teacher-tested, standards-based K-12 curricular units, lessons, and activities that engage students and enhance science and math learning through the use of hands-on engineering. This is a great resource for educators, be you a classroom teacher, a parent looking for activities for your students, or even a student looking for things to do.
  • DiscoverE – Discover Engineering
    DiscoverE offers a growing number of hands-on activities, videos, and other resources that students, teachers, parents, and volunteers, can use to explore engineering. The site has curriculum to download for free, activities to do, and online trainings. Plus, they’re the group that started/sponsors national Engineer’s week, which we just had in February: our Engineering Explorations program and Engineering for Everyone Expo!

Web Resources for K-12 Students and Parents

The Center for STEM Education will be updating this listing of web sites frequently with resources that parents, and teachers might find useful during this challenging time. Please also visit our Facebook page for updates on STEM programs and opportunities at Northeastern and beyond.

This is a challenging time for families, especially those with young children. You might find the following articles of interest:

In addition to the resource highlight above, which is tied directly to the Newsletter topic, we will also highlight two new web resources each week.

  1. PBS Learning Media: PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings:
    This week, we suggest parents set up an account in PBS Learning Media. As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content.
  2. America’s Test Kitchen for Kids:
    In addition to meeting the academic needs of our children, America’s Test Kitchen Kids has opened 100% FREE access to their entire website: recipes, activities, experiments, and more! Cook well and stay safe.”

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