Happy summer vacation! Find out about upcoming STEM workshops and summer camps for students and teachers, and more!
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Soap Box Derby
Summer Camp

Looking for something fun for the kids to do this summer? Sign up for the Soap Box Derby STEM Summer Camp before it’s too late!  The deadline to register is May 28, 2017.  
Camp session one is June 12-16 and session two is June 19-23.  Each session has a limit of 48 spots, once these are all filled the session will be closed.  
Don’t miss out on this fun and educational opportunity! Campers will get to construct a Soap Box Derby car and race it daily, make friends and be a part of a racing team, create and race their own Mini Soap Box Derby car, invite family and friends to attend the race and awards ceremony on the final day, and participate in a variety of other hands-on STEM projects.  
For more information or to register your camper, visit  or call 330.733.8723 x20.

Problem Solving for Instruction & Assessment, K–5: Performance Tasks, Rubrics and Anchor Papers

Through the lens of problem solving, learn how to measure K–5 student performance against the Common Core. Discover strategies for promoting mathematical communication, reasoning and higher-order thinking as well as how to improve teaching and learning opportunities for K–5 students.
This session focuses on:

  • Engaging instructional tools to effectively implement the CCSS.

  • Underlying concepts and processes behind this teaching/learning approach.

  • Essentials of performance-based assessment and instruction to support the CCSS for Mathematical Content and Mathematical Practice

Exemplars K–5 math tasks, rubrics and anchor papers are incorporated throughout this introductory workshop. The vocabulary for problem solving is defined and problem-solving strategies are explored. Mathematical communication and application of mathematical concepts across math strands will be shown. Discussion topics also include: differentiating instruction, encouraging student involvement and developing a student's ability to assess his/her own work to improve performance.
Cost: $225

  • Date: June 1, 2017

  • Time: 8:00 to 3:30

  • Presenter: Deb Armitage, M.Ed.

  • Location: Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH

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PAST Foundation
Summer Program for Students


The PAST Foundation thinks learning should be an amazing part of a kid’s life. The PAST Bridge Program team designs, tests and implements a variety of summer programs, design challenges, and after school programs. These programs and challenges engage students and link learning to life in a fun and unique manner in collaboration with professionals and community partners with real world issues. Throughout our programs participants are introduced to and encouraged to apply skills that help make the transition from classroom to career seamless.
Immersive summer programs give students an opportunity to apply education in real world settings. Over an extended period of time, usually one week, expert directors take students on adventures to learn in multiple settings about a variety of content areas. These adventures help students develop the soft skills that business and industry desire, such as problem-solving, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. We guarantee that students will complete these programs better prepared for their futures!
Programs range in grade level from 4th through 10th and include such topics as maker robotics, Minecraft, 3D printing, digital photography and others.

Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Teacher Workshops Now Open for Registration


The goal of these workshops is to help foster energy education by connecting science education to the energy industry. Each free workshop includes: curriculum, classroom supplies, material kits, seven “hands-on” learning stations, evening social gathering, a special oilfield tour (day 2), Continuing Education Units credit documentation, overnight accommodations, meals and much more! Optional graduate credits are available through Ashland University at an additional cost.

ASEE Workshop on PreK-12 Engineering Education
Saturday, June 24
Columbus, OH

Welcome, PreK-12 teachers, administrators and engineering educators from Columbus and across the country! Join us for an informative day of professional development for pre-college teachers! Learn about how to integrate the “E” in STEM into learning and engage your students in authentic engineering practices. Broaden your understanding of the engineering practices as articulated in the Next Generation Science Standards.

NWO STEM in the Park

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
in the Perry Field House @ Bowling Green State University

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

Connected Science Learning

Connected Science Learning is a journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school settings. The online journal features downloadable articles about highly effective programs and shares research that connects preK–12 STEM learning in schools and out-of-school settings, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration and co-creation. In addition to being a valued resource for a broad range of STEM education professionals, this journal is useful to policy makers, corporations, foundations, and others seeking to identify, advance, and invest in STEM education.

Founded in 2011, Makeblock is a leading DIY robotics construction and programming learning platform for makers, STEM learners, educators and hobbyists. Makeblock provides over 500 mechanical parts and easy-to-use electronic modules, as well as graphical programming software, empowering people to turn their ideas into reality. Having delighted over 600,000 makers, students and educators in over 140 countries and still growing, Makeblock is one of the best robotics companies making a difference, with the aim to open the field to people of all skill levels.

Dash and Dot Robotics

Dash & Dot are real robots that teach your kids to code while they play. Using our free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance and navigate all around the house. Sensors on the robot mean they react to the environment around them, including your kids.
Learning to code is the best shot your child has at success in the 21st century — and it must start with hands-on play at a young age. Play is a powerful teacher — and Dash and Dot that make robotics and coding every child's play.
At Wonder Workshop, we code in kid speak. While Lincoln Logs and LEGOs were the building blocks of past generations’ play, coding is the tool of the 21st century kid. We build coding languages uniquely designed for kids ages 6 and up, putting the power of play into their hands. Dreaming up new adventures and bringing them to life, kids master this language by transforming our characters and robots into ready-to-play pals with code. With Wonder Workshop and our Dash and Dot Robots, every kid has the building blocks to push the boundaries of what is possible.

GoldieBlox is the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. Through the integration of storytelling and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles, GoldieBlox creates toys, books, apps, videos, animation and merchandise; the tools that empower girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures.

Makerspace Author
Laura Fleming Opens
World of Making
Digital Academy


Laura Fleming is a rock star in the makerspace arena.  Whether in the classroom, the library, at a conference, or on BAM Radio, Laura is consulted for her expertise as a thought leader on education, librarianship, and technology.  She is the author of the book Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School and her own school library makerspace is a model for other schools throughout the nation.  Laura says a great makerspace isn’t about “the stuff” that one can acquire for it; rather, it’s about creating an informal, accessible area where a student can take control of his or her learning.  It’s about nurturing open-ended exploration and experiential learning.  It’s about creating a culture of innovation, one that’s attractive to all students.  And it puts control squarely in the hands of the students.  As Laura says on her website, “If you let them build it, they will learn.”
I am proud to announce the launch of the ‘Worlds of Making’ Digital Academy.  The courses that will be available in my school are perfect for all makerspace stakeholders and are guaranteed to ensure that you uncover makerspaces that are relevant and meaningful to your school communities. The Worlds of Making’ Digital Academy will provide affordable, online, self-paced PD, allowing for anytime, anywhere professional learning! 
To learn about Laura’s book, go to
To learn about her Worlds of Making Digital Academy go to

Zach Klein and – Preparing Kids for Jobs
That Don’t Exist Yet

It’s difficult to predict which skills will be valuable in the future, and even more challenging to see the connection between our children’s interests and these skills. Nothing illustrates this better than Minecraft, a popular game that might be best described as virtual LEGOs. Calling it a game belies the transformation it has sparked: An entire generation is learning how to create 3D models using a computer. It makes me wonder what sort of jobs, entertainment or art will be possible now. Cathy Davidson, a scholar of learning technology, concluded that 65% of children entering grade school this year will end up working in careers that haven’t even been invented yet. Klein  says today’s kids will eventually explore outcomes and create businesses only made possible by the influence of Minecraft in their lives.
Zach formed his company, DIY. DIY is a safe place for kids to learn new skills online and share what they make and do with other creative kids.

  • Every member has a public portfolio to share their projects and talents with their family, teachers, and friends.

  • There are more than 130 DIY Skills to earn by completing special challenges, from Animator to Solar Engineer to Zoologist. 

  • Parents and Teachers have access to their own dashboard to follow along progress and keep tabs on social activity.

  • There's an iOS app that works on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad devices to make it easy to capture projects and complete challenges.

  • The ideal age to become a member is 7, but younger kids may join with the help of parents or teachers.

To read more of Zach’s article and learn about his company DIY, go to

Fun, innovative Apps for Kids by Duck Duck Moose

Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk -- pets, friends, doodles, and more. 

Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!

Build a Truck

Build A Truck allows you to customize and build monster trucks. But choose carefully, as each decision and building block will have real impact on your trucks when the races begin! Experiment with the physics of speed, torque, drag, mass, inertia, friction, acceleration, gravity and more. Build A Truck is the third new app in Duck Duck Moose’s award-winning Trucks series.

  • FACTORY: Choose a body, paint, decal, wheels, engine, exhaust and more! Come try dragon wings, sirens, propeller hat, and more on your Truck

  • GARAGE: Start collecting cars and earning medals in the Garage

  • RACE: Race your truck through snow, jungles, sewers and an ever changing surprise track for unlimited play

Digit Widgit® from Viggi Kids

A tactile & exploratory way to learn about numbers, addition, and so much more! Through imaginative play, a child begins building the foundation for future STEM skills and has a lot of fun in the process. 
Proudly made in the USA of high quality, natural woods, this set includes 30 blocks, Digit Widgit balance and a 32-page activity guide. Great for exploring all the concepts Digit Widgit® has to offer. Ideal for classroom & small group activities. The Activity Guide has straightforward illustrations that show how to use Digit Widgit to teach concepts from equality to basic algebra. We think you'll get the best value of all of our Digit Widgit sets with this kit.​
Here are some videos on using and teaching with the Digit Widgit


Spatial and mathematical skills are vitally important for success in STEM careers. Because spatial skills are foundational to mathematics learning, spatial instruction has become a priority in early education.
Panelcraft is the world’s first and only large scale magnetic construction toy.  It was designed by an architect and a physics teacher to inspire spatial development and creativity in children. It develops both fine and gross motor skills, patterning, shape recognition, collaboration, and building skills.
Panels that can be purchased include solid panels, window frame panels, mirror inserts and heat/light sensitive inserts.
Dry erase markers and vinyl cling stickers can be added to turn the panels into picture frames, dioramas, books and even more.
Ready made, standards-based curriculum ideas are free for download covering ages pre-school through primary grades.

LEGO grants, free curriculum downloads available

To find out more about grants that are available to purchase LEGO Education products and services, click  When you find a grant you like contact the rep in their area, and ask him to send you information to put in the grant (i.e. standards addressed, quote on LEGO® Education letterhead, sample lesson, how it will help you achieve outcomes).
Remember, all software, curriculum, E-Learning is now available for download at no charge.  Take this opportunity to review the software and curriculum for all of the kits.  Click here,

Mac's Abacus

Mac’s Abacus Basic is our flagship product. I believe that it is an advancement in the methods of instilling a sound, fundamental and thorough understanding of Numbers and of our Decimal System. My hope is that an early presentation of this colorful, tactile, hands-on series of Lessons will not only give many children an early and deep understanding of numbers, but will also capture those kids who are not so inclined towards Math; that it will reach them at a stage before they fall behind their peers and thence become frustrated …perhaps avoiding math thereafter.

We have spared nothing in striving to present the most appealing Lessons, in a full color workbook of highest quality. We even developed our own font (KidsFont) so the numbers and letters are made the way children are taught to draw them. Product testing had shown that kids like to count the colorful arrangements of objects in Mac’s Abacus Basic workbook.

Mac’s Abacus is ruggedly constructed using Hardwood, Aluminum and Polypropylene. All parts are non-toxic and washable. The “Memory Beads” have been tested to stay in place even well over 200,000 moves. Mac’s Abacus will also be available in “kit” form, so parents have the option to help their child enjoy building his/her own Abacus.

All our products are Made in U.S.A. We insist upon quality U.S. manufacturers to supply the wood parts, rods, beads and workbooks. These are assembled and shipped locally.

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

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