Hello and welcome to my updated STEM is Elementary newsletter for July of 2015. 

This month's issue features elementary STEM events for students, teachers and families in Ohio and other places, information and resources from another elementary STEM consultant, and a great resource site for arts-related lessons and activities. Enjoy! 
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STEM is Elementary Newsletter

July 2015

The Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association will host its Technology and Engineering Showcase at the Ohio State Fair, July 29 through August 9. The Showcase will feature:

  • Student exhibits of design projects and problem-based learning activities by elementary, middle and high school students
  • Technology experiences provided by volunteers from technical societies, businesses, industry and universities
  • Resource displays of STEM materials and curriculum designed to promote technological literacy
  • Hands-on activities provided at several family activity learning centers, many of which are self-guided.

Participants organizations include include the Ohio State University College of Engineering, Believe in Ohio Entrepreneurship, Akron Polymer Academy, Ohio Fue Cell Coalition, Columbus Idea Foundry, TRECA Digital Academy, Assistive Technology of Ohio, OSU water robotics team, Home Depot DIY projects for children, VEX robotics demonstrations, the OSU Center for Automotive Research, Segway rides, DLZ Hovercraft, Invention Convention, Ohio Resource Center, and the All American Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge. 

Participating schools include Olentangy Liberty High School, Dublin City Schools, Columbus Starling Middle School, Vandalia-Butler High School, Cincinnati Princeton High School, Westlake High School, Cuyahoga Falls High School and Columbus Northland High School.

Special events will include an elementary STEM resources fair on August 5 and 6. This resource fair will offer hands-on experience of available elementary STEM resources for parents and teachers. Resources will include those from KEVA Planks, Brackitz construction system, Finch Robot, Edison Robot, Celeste Bain Engineering Educator materials, Illinois State University’s CeMaST materiasl, PinBlocks Snap Circuits, MakeDo construction system, and Little Bits Electronics. The resource fair sessions will be held from 10 to 11 AM and 2 to 3 PM on Wednesday August 5, as well as 11 to 12 on Thursday August 6.
In addition, Gary Greenberg from Cincinnati Educational Television will be hosting a Makers and Shakers workshop from 1 to 4 PM on Thursday, August 6. 


Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight


STEM Challenge 
The Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge teaches students to design, build and fly an electric tethered airplane that carries the most cargo. A teachers’ workshop, hosted by Pacific Northwest AIAA, and Starfish Education, will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 at Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle. The $50 registration fee includes: Washington state clock hour certificate, continental breakfast, curriculum, handouts, lunch, materials and supplies for one airplane. For more information, go to

Empowering young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Fostering confidence and a can-do attitude.

SAVE THE DATE for the 31st Annual Women in STEM Program!
Friday, November 6, 2015 at the BGSU Bowen Thompson Student Union
Additional information coming soon! Contact us at with any questions

6th Annual STEM in the Park


Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10 AM – 2 PM in the Perry Field House at BGSU

STEM in the Park will feature interactive displays and activities by area universities, community partners, and local businesses to engage children of all ages in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Learn more at

Elana Slagle, founder of Starfish Education, is a consultant specializing in STEM education, technology integration and curriculum development. In addition to teaching workshops to K-12 teachers and industry professionals, Elana also enjoys teaching both face-to-face and online graduate classes, webinars and conference sessions for teachers and outreach professionals.  She works to assist teachers in improving STEM instruction through inquiry-based learning and to help them understand how to better integrate technology into their curriculum.

Elana also has a blog on her site, which
is archived and contains activities, articles and other materials related to elementary STEM.

The Dayton Regional STEM Center will be hosting a professional development workshop, Supporting K-8 Educator Professional Practice in Science & Math, August 5, 6 and 7 from 8:30-3:30 pm
Back by popular demand this 3-day teacher workshop is devoted to supporting professional practice in science and math through the lens of STEM Education.  Feedback from last summer’s session indicated that this highly engaging, transformational, hands-on workshop equipped educators to make informed shifts in their classrooms that further inspired students, promoted academic success, and engaged the community. This is a fun and highly informational look at how STEM education can support professional practice in grades K-8


The birthplace of flight, the beginnings of a new adventure for you--it's Air Camp.  If you're a middle school student, come to Dayton, Ohio, for a week-long summer camp adventure in aviation and aeronautics. At Air Camp you'll experience rich and exciting aviation and educational opportunities like flying an airplane, a behind-the-scenes look at a national research laboratory, cockpit time in the giant C-17 Globemaster III.  Home base for the week is Wright State University.
Mark these dates on your calendar for making Air Camp part of your summer in 2015. 

  • June 14-19, 2015

  • July 5-10, 2015

  • July 12-17, 2015

Air Camp inspires students to new heights of scholarship, leadership and citizenship while they experience the thrill of flight and study the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) of aviation and aeronautics. It’s a week packed with fun, adventure, learning, and challenge.

Welcome to ARTSEDGE!

A Web site for teaching and learning in the arts

ArtsEdge is focused on ways to support innovative teaching with the arts, and meet changing trends in education and to accommodate the ever-evolving impact of technology in our lives. Their collection of free digital resources—including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules—has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction.


For more on ArtsEdge, visit their website at

That's it for this newsletter.

Please let me know of elementary STEM events, resources, or professional development opportunities that you would like to see in an upcoming edition of the STEM is Elementary newsletter!

Bob Claymier