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Organizations and Thought Leaders

Inspiration, community, funds, and training.

Teaching STEM

All Education Schools: Resources to train, support and inspire current and prospective STEM educators.

It’s not too often that you have the opportunity to change the world, but as a STEM educator, you can do just that. By encouraging students to develop and maintain interest in STEM subjects, you’re preparing the next generation of researchers, engineers, scientists and programmers to meet the growing demands for qualified STEM professionals-and preparing future professionals in all fields to leverage STEM approaches and techniques.

As more public and private organizations recognize that STEM educators play a key role in increasing the number of students pursuing STEM careers, they have developed a wide range of resources to train, support and inspire current and prospective STEM educators.  LEARN MORE

Science Modeling Talks - AMTA

American Modeling Teachers Association

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) is a professional organization of teachers, by teachers, and for teachers who use Modeling Instruction(TM) in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching.  Our mission is to provide professional development for teachers in the Modeling Method of Instruction, to provide resources that support the use of Modeling Instruction(TM) in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and middle school science classrooms, and to support and enable collaboration among Modelers.  AMTA strives to foster brilliant teaching and deep learning.  LEARN MORE

Recommended by Andrew Kirk, Houston Academy

DonorsChoose.org

Get Your STEM Projects Funded at DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials for their students.  Whatever school looks like for your students this year, connect to our thriving community of donors that is eager to fund your request. LEARN MORE

MakeProjects.com

Enabling Online Learning with MakeProjects.com

With new COVID-19 protocols, educational institutions and teachers are having to rethink how to engage and encourage their students online. Make: Projects can help.  LEARN MORE

Phase Dock says: We’re real fans of Make (i.e., Maker Faires, Make Magazine, and so on).  Make recently introduced Make: Projects as a way to document, share, get feedback and advance projects online.  There’s a filter for Education to help with at home and in the classroom projects.

Books and Tools

Useful things at good prices.

Arduino Project Handbook-Amazon

Arduino Project Handbook: 25 Practical Projects to Get You Started

Arduino Project Handbook is a beginner-friendly collection of electronics projects using the low-cost Arduino board. With just a handful of components, an Arduino, and a computer, you’ll learn to build and program everything from light shows to arcade games to an ultrasonic security system.

Phase Dock says: We used this book extensively both to teach ourselves Arduino basics and test the feasibility of our WorkBench Project Development Kit. We were successful in achieving both goals.  We think this book has great potential as an introductory course in microcontrollers and circuits.  See Phase Dock projects built using the Arduino Project Handbook.

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Prototyping processes

A Cheat Sheet on Prototyping and Manufacturing Processes

Video recording of a virtual Lunch & Learn hosted by NCRIOT and presented in July 2020.  Mike Laut, CEO of Laut Design, explains how to understand, speak, and leverage prototyping and manufacturing process terms to better understand how products are made.  WATCH THE VIDEO

Phase Dock says: We were blown away with how accessible Michael Laut made the different processes. If you are teaching entrepreneurship, manufacturing, engineering, or “making,” we highly recommend this 90 minute video.  If your students can’t get into a shop where manufacturing takes place, this is the next best thing!

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