April Highlights

This April we are highlighting the following topics:

  • International Day of Human Space Flight
  • Robotics
  • Earth Day
  • Utah Office of Energy Development
  • Early Childhood Education
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30 Creative Activities for Kids
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Explore 30 fun, constructive, and creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad (you can also use an iPhone). Designed for children in grades PK–2, these activities can easily be tailored for the whole family.

Subject:
Professional Learning
Educational Technology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Apple
Provider Set:
Apple Teacher
Date Added:
12/03/2021
30 More Creative Activities for Kids
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Explore creative activities for kids ages 8–12+ that are fun to do with built-in features on iPad. Each activity is easy for students to get started on their own and can be tailored for older ages with a focus on literacy. Encourage your students to try all 30 ideas, esend a week making movies, make art out of code, and so much more. These activities are great to share with parents to keep kids creative while learning at home.

Subject:
Professional Learning
Educational Technology
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Activity/Lab
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Apple
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Apple Teacher
Date Added:
12/03/2021
Be Aware of Our Air
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Students will recognize that air is a natural resource. Students will create a solution to minimize their effect on the air through conservation of energy.

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Science
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Lesson Plan
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Utah Office of Energy Development
Provider Set:
Energy Education
Author:
Utah Office of Energy Development
Date Added:
03/03/2022
BeeBot Code and Go: Sequencing D3
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This is a computer science lesson plan created by educators in the South Sanpete School District. This lesson plan utilizes BeeBot robots. Students will explore the concepts of sequencing and making a mental plan before coding. Students will engage in a math game to solidify their skill of sequencing and creating an algorithm. The lesson is designed for third grade and includes modifications for grades K-5.

Subject:
Elementary Mathematics
Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Julia
Date Added:
03/18/2022
CS Fundamentals 3.3: My Robotic Friends Jr.
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Using a set of symbols in place of code, students will design algorithms to instruct a "robot" to stack cups in different patterns. Students will take turns participating as the robot, responding only to the algorithm defined by their peers. This segment teaches students the connection between symbols and actions, the difference between an algorithm and a program, and the valuable skill of debugging.

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Computer Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Code.org
Provider Set:
CS Fundamentals 2019-2097
Date Added:
11/06/2019
Can I get a drink.. of water?
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Water is a limited resource that we use over and over again. The idea is to teach the science behind the water cycle, where water comes from and is located on the Earth. After research and developing and understanding of conservation students will create a water tower that will collect and store rainwater. Students will also create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on water conservation.

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Science
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Interactive
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Simulation
Provider:
Lane County STEM Hub
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Content in Context SuperLessons
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05/15/2016
Candy Bar Core Drilling
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tudents will learn how sedimentary layers are formed and how scientists use core samples to determine whether or not the area is good for their particular needs.

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Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Utah Office of Energy Development
Provider Set:
Energy Education
Author:
Utah Office of Energy Development
Date Added:
03/03/2022
Children and Literacy
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This interactive infographic goes through the importance of reading to children and also gives examples of appropriate books for preschoolers and how to read to children.

Subject:
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Erin Dea
Date Added:
06/02/2021
Clean Enough to Drink: Making Devices to Filter Dirty Water
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Students act as engineers contracted by NASA to create water filtration devices that clean visible particulates from teacher-prepared "dirty water." They learn about the worldwide need for potable water and gain appreciation for why water quality is an important issue for people on Earth as well as on the International Space Station. Working in groups, students experience the entire engineering design process, including a read-aloud book about the water cycle; a visiting water engineer presentation; their own online research about filter methods and designs; group brainstorming of designs (using ordinary household materials); filter construction and testing; redesign and retesting; lab book documentation of their notes, research, plans and results; and a summary poster presentation at a mini-engineering fair. Two design planning worksheets, a poster layout suggestion sheet and a grading rubric are provided. Note: Activities that require the internet can be viewed on individual student laptops, computer lab, and mobile lab or be done as a whole group lesson using a projection tool.

Subject:
Professional Learning
Science
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Lesson
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
10/14/2021
Climate Data Inform Recovery Plan for Endangered Butterfly
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After a butterfly species disappeared from a location where it had been found for many years, conservation professionals accessed climate projections to identify potential habitat for its recovery.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
08/09/2016
Continuous Line Robots and Art
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Students use the robot paths they documented during the associated Robots on Ice Engineering Challenge activity to learn about and then make artwork. During the previous activity, students recorded the path of their robots through a maze in order to collect data during a remote research simulation. Now, they take a new look at the robot paths, seeing them from an art perspective as continuous line drawings. Students learn about Picasso’s famous works of art that used the same technique. Then they learn the artistic definition of a line and see examples of how it is used in different art pieces; they practice making continuous line drawings and then create sculptures of their drawings using colorful wire. A PowerPoint® presentation is provided to guide the activity.

Subject:
Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Anthony Spears
Ayanna Howard
Carrie Beth Rykowski
Date Added:
07/02/2018
Developing Monitoring Programs for Protected Lands in Alaska
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Coastal habitats and archeological sites in western Alaska are at risk from coastal erosion. Researchers are documenting current assets and vulnerabilities so managers can make informed decisions.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
08/09/2016
Discovering Medicines, Using Robots and Computers
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Scientists who are working to discover new medicines often use robots to prepare samples of cells, allowing them to test chemicals to identify those that might be used to treat diseases. Students will meet a scientist who works to identify new medicines. She created free software that ''looks'' at images of cells and determines which images show cells that have responded to the potential medicines. Students will learn about how this technology is currently enabling research to identify new antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. Students will complete hands-on activities that demonstrate how new medicines can be discovered using robots and computer software, starring the student as ''the computer.'' In the process, the students learn about experimental design, including positive and negative controls.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Anne Carpenter
Date Added:
12/10/2020
Energy Efficiency
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Students will understand the difference between conservation and energy efficiency, discover the importance of energy use in their lives and recognize behavioral and technological approaches to energy efficiency and conservation.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Office of Energy Development
Provider Set:
Energy Education
Author:
Utah Office of Energy Development
Date Added:
03/03/2022