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STEMSeeds11: Lesson Ideas with Vanessa Perez

Google Hangout On Air  Google+ Link: (Archived YouTube Video)


  2. STEMseeds PD Camp (June 2015)
  3. Masterminds Club at Tomlinson Middle School, Lawton, Oklahoma
  6. Fund for Teachers
  7. Two STEAM Ahead
  8. Renovated Learning: Building a Culture of Creativity & Discovery in Education by @DianaLRendina
  9. Boy Who Lost Hands to Infection Gets Double-Hand Transplant
  10. Student News Challenge from Storychasers
  11. OklaEd Learning Showcase

STEMSeeds10: Lesson Ideas with Kylie Sanders

Google Hangout On Air  Google + Link: (Archived YouTube Video)

Plan to join STEMseeds’ tenth live, Google Hangout with elementary STEM teacher Kylie Sanders on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 10:30 Eastern / 9:30 Central / 8:30 Mountain / 7:30 Pacific time. Kylie is an elementary STEM teacher in Piedmont, Oklahoma, and is finishing up her first year in this fulltime role. Kylie will share some of the things she’s learned during this transition to fulltime STEM teaching, including some of her favorite STEM lesson ideas. View our show agenda and referenced links/resources on our Show Notes Google Doc, which we will continue to update during and following the show. If you miss the live show or want to hear it again, as always we’ll post both an audio podcast version as well as the archived Google Hangout video link to We hope you will join us for an hour of STEM learning on April 4th! Please RSVP on this Google+ Event page and submit live questions during our show using the Google Hangouts Q&A tool!


  1. Introductions (include where people can find you online)
  1. Wes 
  2. Amy 
  3. Kylie 
  1. What’s been happening the last couple weeks in our STEM classrooms?
  1. Kylie Erosion lessons
  2. Amy Measurement unit, Prosthetic hands
  1. STEM club: designed ball retrieval system from movie “The Sand Lot”
  2. Math and Science Goals

  1. Wes - HopScotch lessons, MinecraftEDU “Treehouse Challenge,” 2nd Maker’s Club group started

Planned Questions for Kylie:

  1. What does STEM learning mean to you? (how do you define it?)
  2. What is your current teaching situation and how did you get interested/involved in STEM?
  3. What are some of your favorite STEM lessons to share/do with your students?
  4. What have been some of your biggest surprises as a STEM teacher?
  5. What advice do you have for others wanting to start elementary STEM programs?
  6. What do you wish you’d known a year ago before starting this STEM teaching adventure?
  7. If you could go on a $10,000 shopping spree for your STEM program, what are some of the main things you’d buy?
  8. How could STEMseeds help support you as a STEM teacher?

Closing “Pick of the Week” (recommended website/link/resource)

  1. Amy - Rocket Science 101 (free iOS app) 
  1. Wee Rockets ($3 iOS app)
  2. SimpleRockets ($2 iOS app)
  1. Wes - IES Virtual Tour Map (created with ThingLink - updated video status Google Sheet)
  2. Kylie - WeeRockets - STEM blogs linked from WeArtTeachers 

STEMSeeds9: Lesson Ideas with Kevin Jarrett

Google Hangout On Air  Google + Link: (please RSVP) 

STEMseeds has been podfading for 3 months but we are back! Join us for a 60 minute Google Hangout interview with elementary teacher Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett) to discuss STEM lesson plans and project ideas, his educational philosophy setting up his classroom, and how he’s been using MinecraftEDU after school to power student learning as well as collaboration. Please RSVP for this event on the Google Hangout / Google+ page. Show notes for this episode are available on this Google Doc.


  1. Introductions
  1. Wes
  2. Amy
  3. Kevin
  1. What’s been happening the last couple weeks in our STEM classrooms?
  1. Kevin
  2. Amy
  3. Wes

Planned Questions for Kevin:

  1. What does STEM learning mean to you? (how do you define it?)
  2. What is your current teaching situation and how did you get interested/involved in STEM?
  3. How have you setup / configured your classroom to support STEM learning?
  4. What are some of your favorite STEM lessons to share/do with your students?
  5. How are you using MinecraftEDU with students?
  6. How has your approach to STEM learning / a STEM classroom evolved over the past 2 years?
  7. Describe some of the ways technology and technology integration is important to your STEM lessons and classes.
  8. What advice do you have for other teachers interested in STEM or integrating STEM into their lessons more?

Picks of the Week / Geek of the Week:

  1. Kevin: Hot Wheels Speedometry (FREE cars, track, curriculum!) | 3D Printed C02 Racers (video)
  2. Amy: Crayola Color alive 
  3. Wes: Adventure Time Wizard game creation app via EdGamer Podcast 150 

Show Notes:

  1. Kevin Jarrett on Twitter: @kjarrett 
  2. NCS K4STEMLAB Promo Video: 
  3. Adding a STEM emphasis to a K-4 Technology Program (Resource List)
  4. Kevin Jarrett’s professional blog 
  5. Engineering is Elementary Curriculum: 
  6. STEM Mom:
  7. Flickr Collections (all): School
  8. Flickr Album: K4STEMLAB Lessons
  9. Flickr Album: K4STEMLAB Space
  10. Engineering is Elementary:  Incorporating a STEM Emphasis Into a K-4 Computer Technology Program Curriculum (Presented at TECHSPO 2015)
  11. Teaching Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom via 3D Printing (Presented at TECHSPO 2015)
  12. Flickr Album: Minecraft@NCS
  13. Minecraft Edu:
  14. Minecraft Edu Google Group:!forum/minecraft-teachers 
  15. Mineways (3D printed Minecraft):
  16. Printcraft (3D printed Minecraft): 
  17. Flash Forge 3D Printer 
  18. Zeni Kinectic is alternative supplier for PLA to buy for 3D printers (30% cheaper than MakerBot) 
  19. MakerBot Design video 
  20. Photos documenting the transformation of Kevin’s Tech Lab/STEM space: 
  21. MakeSpace by Standford DSchool
  22. The Language of School Design
  23. The Third Teacher book
  24. TinkerCAD: Web-based design for 3D printing 
  25. Playground Design Project video from Amy: 
  26. Students design their own cell phones and pitch to engineers: 
  27. Puff Mobile Project via Paula Naugle 
  28. Kevin’s pick of the week: Hot Wheels Speedometry (FREE cars, track, curriculum!) | 3D Printed C02 Racers (video)
  29. Amy’s pick of the week: Crayola Color alive 
  30. Wes’ pick of the week: Adventure Time Wizard game creation app via EdGamer Podcast 150 

STEMseeds8: Lesson Ideas with Bethany Ligon

Archived GHO: 

Show Notes:

  1. Bethany Ligon on Twitter: @ajsciencegal
  2. Bethany Ligon’s professional blog: Out Standing in the Middle
  3. Design Challenge: Pipe Cleaner Structures (by Bethany Ligon)
  4. Engineering Design Challenge: Straw Structures #1 (by Bethany Ligon)
  5. Lunar Phases Interactive from McGraw Hill (not the same site Bethany mentions in the show, but a cool lunar online interactive none-the-less)
  6. PBS Kids Design Squad (lots of good design challenge ideas)
  7. Engineering GoForIt! – @egfi (excellent connections to Engineering careers)
  8. Science Buddies: Hands-on Science Resources for Home and School
  9. Nepris (great website for videoconferencing with STEM industry professionals)
  10. Video: Playground Design Finalists at Lakeview Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma
  11. Nov 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Webinar: “Technology Integration in a Junior High School”(Bethany Ligon was one of the presenters in this FANTASTIC show)
  12. YouTube Playlist: Enhanced eBooks on the “Minecraft Geometry Challenge” (47 and counting created by 4th and 5th graders at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools, eBooks exported as videos instead of ePUBs)
  13. Amy Loeffelholz on Twitter: @AmyLoeffelholz
  14. Amy’s grade 4-5 classroom on Twitter: @lesstem
  15. Wes Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  16. Wes’ grade 4-5 classroom on Twitter: @iesSTEM
  17. STEMseeds on Twitter: @stemseeds

STEMseeds 7: OTA / EncycloMedia 2014 STEM Presentation

This podcast is an audio recording of a presentation by Amy Loeffelholz (@AmyLoeffelholz) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) on October 7, 2014, at the Oklahoma Technology Association / EncycloMedia Conference in Oklahoma City. The title of the session was, “Practical Lessons for Elementary STEM Integration.” Referenced links are included in the accompanying Google Presentation slideshow. The accompanying photo in this post is our Yukon District “STEM Team” along with Ginger Gregory and Tammy Parks, at a rare (& very valued) lunch collaboration meeting!

STEMseeds 6: Back to School with Amy and Wes 

Show Notes:

  1. Amy Loeffelholz on Twitter: @AmyLoeffelholz
  2. Amy’s grade 4-5 classroom on Twitter: @lesstem
  3. Wes Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  4. Wes’ grade 4-5 classroom on Twitter: @iesSTEM
  5. STEMseeds on Twitter: @stemseeds
  6. Video: IES 5th Grader Home Webshow on Catapults
  7. Video: IES 5th Grader Home Student Rube Goldberg project
  8. STEM Grouping Sheet (for collaborative learning – download this & print from MS Word so it has 2 columns)
  9. STEM Seeds PD Camp:
  10. Catapult Unit Resources by Wes (all borrowed/modified from Amy’s lesson resources!)
  11. Student Google Spreadsheet/Form Catapult Launch Competition Results
  12. Google SketchUp (free software for education)
  13. Chat transcript from the Google Hangout
  14. Archived Google Hangout for this interview / show

Show: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (3:30 pm central)


archived hangout: 


  1. Chris Simon @chriswsimon
  2. Wesley Fryer @wfryer

Please add show notes here:

Chris Simon on Twitter

Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma

STEM Blog (on KidBlog) for GSWESTOK

Coaster Physics iPad app 

Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Peggy George

There was a great #eduvue webinar last night with Crhis Craft  on Breaking Down STEM. I shared this (which you will love if you haven't seen it) Awesome Livebinder 100+ STEM Resources by @TechwithTia w entire tab focused on engineering

EGFI - Engineering Go For It

Think Centre from UK

STEM is solving problem

Rollercoaster lesson

- include hill, loop, and jump

supplies: tape, index cards, using resources

Lunar Lander lesson: index cards, mashmallows, ruler to measure 12” above  <- very cool run by Troy Coon who is a certified teacher (and fantastic one!) via Dee Wu

Be the gateway drug for STEM learning” -  teachers hook em, but who keeps them?

Soil samples activity, what a plant needs to grow - examining and observing different types of soil, then adding water

national weather center field trip w weather balloon launches at a 6 am and 6 pm

STEM connector newsletter

Cedric Moore OKCAN

- with Oklahoma after school coalition

Geek of the Week links:


A Tour Through Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop, The Fabrication Facility Where Out-There Ideas Turn Into Reality


Watch this and blow your mind: Milken Institute takes on “the future”

STEM curiosity links 

Show Notes: Thursday, April 17. 2014 (4:30 pm Eastern / 3:30 pm Central)


  1. Henry Ingwersen
  2. Amy Loeffelholz @AmyLoeffelholz
  3. Wesley Fryer @wfryer
  4. Crystal Butcher

Henry’s STEM blog: 

Lief Catches the Wind

Geek of the Week links:

Wes: Fantastic YouTube collection of inspirational #STEM innovator videos by @NSTMF  (gr8 for Ss research projects!)

Show Notes:

  1. STEM blog of Henry Ingwersen (@henryingwersen)
  2. Vital Signs Project (Citizen Scientists of Maine)
  3. Cornell Lab of Ornithology Birdsleuth K-12 Project (@BirdSleuth)
  4. Why Citizen Science? (by Cornell Lab of Ornithology Birdsleuth K-12 Project)
  5. Smart Citizen Weather Crowdsourcing Project
  6. Engineering is Elementary - @EiE_org (Boston Museum of Science)
  7. Picture Perfect Science Lessons Book (NSTA Press)
  8. YouTube Videos of US National Medal Laureates in Science and Technology Innovation(@NSTMF)
  9. Energy is Electrifying Unit (PDF) – via Maureen Tumenas (@bcdtech)
  10. Citizen science: Real-world applications for science students - via Maureen Tumenas (@bcdtech)
  11. 10 back-to-school projects for young citizen scientists – via Maureen Tumenas (@bcdtech)
  12. Tulips for Kids from Journey North - via Maureen Tumenas (@bcdtech)
  13. NASA S’COOL (Students’ Cloud Observations Online – @NASASCOOL) - via Maureen Tumenas (@bcdtech)
  14. March 2014 Newsletter of MIT STEM PALS - past archives - Facebook Page – via Maureen Tumenas (@bcdtech)
  15. Earthbridges Earth Day 2014 Webcast – via Peggy George (@pgeorge)
  16. Kevin Jarrett’s K-4 STEM Lab Blog - @K4STEMLAB – via Vicky Sedgwick (@VisionsByVicky)
  17. Sphero for Education - via Maureen Tumenas (@bcdtech)
  18. Follow Amy Loeffelholz on Twitter: @AmyLoeffelholz
  19. Follow Amy’s STEM class on Twitter: @lesSTEM
  20. Follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  21. Follow Wes’ STEM class on Twitter: @iesSTEM

Episode 3: Friday, March 21, 2014 (11 am CST)

Google Hangout page (with video link to join):


  1. Christie Paradise @ChrisParadise
  2. Amy Loeffelholz @AmyLoeffelholz
  3. Wesley Fryer @wfryer

Links to shared resources during the show:

Classroom Champions Project 


- Project Lead the Way and BotBall in Middle School and High School

- as of 2012-2013 all elementary schools in MidDel have a STEM club

- being combined with ACE programs in schools not having teachers do it

- at Steed they have STEM club before school, emphasizing 4th and 5th grade (3rd grade also participates)

- idea is to keep students interested in science

- 7:15 am on Thursday mornings, kids come on other days

- doing BotBall now


- is a grade 4-5 specials teacher, sees all 600 students

- 10th year of teaching too (like Christie)

- went through math and science partnership

- got Input from Wes’ students during last Tuesday’s “STEM Showcase Day” in YPS on blogs


- programming is in C

- ideal for Christie’s situation, she has been programming since high school

- has done a little with Tynker in her classroom

Best Robotics, First Robotics are other school robotics programs, all (like Botball) have competitions

- wrote some grants to get started with Botball

- end of summer grants came out for math and science

- Christie wrote one about engineering design process

- have STEM library with lots of books and resources, working with Rose State, working with engineering professors

- Sean Trent (district STEM coordinator in MidDel) at Christie’s school wrote grant with KISS institute, got 4 robots, about $500 per robot to get started, software comes with it (same robot is re-used, nothing else to change, that is relatively less costly to get involved, similar to Lego Mindstorms but uses C language)

- Lego Mindstorms works off a different language, can’t work with BotBall…

Christie has seen younger kids 2nd and 3rd

In MidDel PS at Pleasant Hill Elementary, 3rd grade teacher is using Lego Mindstorms extensively

Christie also uses TI-84 calculator robots

Geek of the week links: (coding) - also has an app

Little Bits: 

Looping app for iPad that Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel used 

PowToon for comic story building

Stopmotion Cafe iPad app

CD-R electronics at S Penn and I-240 in OKC

Durable iPad case Christy likes: Military Survivor Case

From backchannel:

From Peggy George:

Heidi Williams has a fantastic site for Scratch resources and teaching ideas! She is +STRETCh - Striving To Reach Every Talented Child and she did a fantastic presentation for CR20LIVE.

One of the most amazing resources for STEM is this one created by @techwithtia"100+ STEM Websites and WebTools for Teachers

From Maureen Tumas: @bcdtech

A friend from the scratch course last spring- #CCOW- Sandy Coleman, created a great Scratch site for her class

Synergizing Math and Science Workshop that Amy and Christie did (led Gail Loving in Mustang PS)

- summer after Christie’s first year of teaching

- talked all about integrating the experiments

Another mini-math and science grant is coming out of Oklahoma SDE this year

- Lakeview didn’t qualify last year

Lowe’s Grant does not require you to spend all the money at Lowe’s (Nessa from Lawton)

STEM club will be BotBall for Christie’s school, that is the direction the district is going

- good cooking connections to fractions: homemade ice cream

Christie’s students designed an outdoor learning space for their school, but it hasn’t been built yet

STEM program in Putnam City has started, they are focusing in part on gardening

- Mr Johnson is principal at elementary that has this focus

For Christie: STEM is about an integrated lesson, it’s a good lesson

- science and math go so well together, once you understand that engineering process it goes with many other things, using that process - similar to the writing process

- chance to fail is essential in STEM

Episode 2: Tuesday, March 18, 2014


  1. Brian Crosby @bcrosby
  2. Wesley Fryer @wfryer

Archived show: 

Links to resources Brian shared:

- TEDxDenverED talk:

- Brian’s Blog - Learning Is Messy -

- “Making Connections With Blogging” by Lisa Parisi and Brian Crosby

- Brian’s STEM Wiki:

- Class Wiki page - note links towards bottom of page to projects:

- RECON Project - Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network -

What is STEM and what is STEM not?

Background - Journey to STEM teaching

Lesson Examples / Ideas

difficult challenge: often just have 45 min of access to staff

- to really show a STEM project you can’t do that in a short amount of time

- can show slides and what you did, but it’s best of teachers can experience it

- projects can be so involved have so many layers

Cantilever Span project

- is a minimalist lesson design

- kids from preK through middle grades at STEM nights jumping in

- in classroom kids are typically in groups of 2 or 3

- telling students to constantly collect data (in metric system, measurement of science)

- lots of different design ideas

- beware: some hardware store paint sticks

- challenge ideas:

- longest one with the fewest number of sticks and washers

- longest one you can do with the MOST numbers of sticks and washers

- think about the edge of the table as the equal sign, how many washers and sticks do you need on the table to balance others on the end?

- can students join cantilevers to touch in the middle

- Dr Ken Wesson in San Francisco, shared with Lou Lofton (he is very googleable, does lots of gr8 presentations with ideas)

- Writing piece from that project is fantastic

-- what would it be like if you are one of the washers, are you out toward the end, what does a hand feel like, are you scared of falling

  1. Past balloon lessons
  2. New balloon lesson ideas / collaboration

Challenge of facing skills and information that are new / unfamliar to teachers

- NC coding example recently, can start with students about 4th grade

- involves running a robot around

- Univ of Colorado in Boulder, 1 of top astronomers in the world, Kyper Belt object observation, 10 teams ranging in location, occultations will take place, sometimes at 1 am, will setup telescopes, 11 inch telescope, align to 3 points in the sky, GPS takes over, have to use computer to line up on object, record for a specific amount of time with a video recorder

- going to go from Mexican border all the way to the Canada line

search RECON telescope Kuiper Belt project

- Dr Mark Buie 

Doug Taylor, now edtech trainer for Reno schools, taught with Brian and saw college students putting cell phones with handwarmers, bought high altitude balloons with party kit, blew up a weather balloon to 60K feet, used cell phone with GPS to track it so they could get the camera later

- saw that project and learned local Mechanical Engineering dept was doing it

- they helped our class out

- love tying in with others

- thing called the spot that pings your loca

STEM also NEEDS to involve long-term projects

- balloon launches become a perfect kind of projects, science and engineering, lots of data gathering, lots of oral language

- STEM is language intense, it’s a big reason to do it

- lots of writing, becomes an assessment piece for you

- with student writing, student understanding become very important

balloon got up over 107,000 feet!

- later students converted that to inches

Crushing cans with hot water, using tongs

- can do larger cans

- keep doing lessons until kids can tell you why the cans crush

Paper burning, heat rising, students videotaping them, embedding on their blogs

- then students writing the explanation on their blogs

- students are using language at a high level, students asking to use a thesaurus, becoming more articulate

- students presenting about this live over videoconference also challenges them in their fluency and oral language skills

- always had an “early experience” with video presentations, long gaps, not talking very loud, see the importance of being prepared to present

- TEDxDenver talk, almost entire thing is about this

Using Google Earth on the ceiling to show where the person is we are talking to

- videoconferencing was a “normal” part of Brian’s classroom

- projecting the Google Earth image on the ceiling

- really heightens students’ geographical awareness

“Making Connections with Blogging” book with Lisa Parisi

- working on another book with Lisa that should be finished in June 2014

- blogging solidifies your own thinking

- blogging so powerful: comments and feedback, comments

- blog posts can be just a picture, or just a podcast

- doesn’t matter what time it is

- ClustrMap shows you dots on the map, where people are coming to our site from

Moderated thousands of posts and comments on blogs, has had to block only about 7 in his entire career

Next May in 2014 will launch a balloon with GoPro camera at Lake Tahoe, will be a pilot for a larger project to start in Sept 2015

- will start at bottom of Lake Tahoe and go up to 100K feet, lots of experiments attached to it

- like TED talk, will tie into red dot on the Google Map, showing location and elevation in realtime with updates every 10 seconds

- sent up a “Hobo,” records different kinds of data like temperature

- great to graph temperature data

- get people blogging together on this project

- in past did jigsaw project with people on history of ballooning, troposphere group, stratosophere group, etc.

- trying to make a global project

Should have Lisa Paresi on our show

Basic online STEM tools
- blog, wiki, YouTube channel and Flickr page

What conferences / professional development meetings are you going to / do you want to go to as a STEM teacher / coordinator?

Monday, March 3, 2014


  1. Amy Loeffelholz @AmyLoeffelholz
  2. Wesley Fryer @wfryer

Other discussed ideas (without links)

  1. CSI Unit (by Amy)
  2. Suspension Bridge Unit - cardboard and rope (by Amy)
  3. Air Rockets Launchers (by Amy)
  4. Request Helping Hands assistance/volunteers during the day (for Wes)
  5. STEM camp may not be possible for program fundraising because of Community Ed coordination policies


  1. Thames and Kosmos Alternative Energy and Environmental Science Power House Green Essentials (via Amy, used for Alternative Energy Unit)
  2. Engineering Process with Michael Solomon (3:37 video) - Amy’s Celebrate Oklahoma Voices / Storychasers video on Engineering Design Process
  3. KidWind: Wind Power & Renewable Energy Science, Turbine Kits
  4. Wind Energy in the Classroom at Podstock 2013 (post from July 2013 about Dan Whisler's presentation)
  5. Kitchen Chemistry unit (via Wes)
  6. Inexpensive headphones Amy found and uses from ACPdirect ($8.45 each)
  7. Link to the same headphones with the adapter for the iPads ($12.45 each)
  8. Fundraising Ideas (Classroom 2.0 Live show coming up on Donors Choose)
  9. Deepening our Learning Through Storytelling: creativity, STEM and stories (conference breakout presentation resources by Wes)