As the former National Museum of the History of Technology, our museum has a ton of math and science objects: tuning forks, medicine bottles, artwork about math principles, and more. I recently recorded a 40-minute webinar touring through some of our favorite free online resources for STEM teachers and a few ideas for integrating objects into STEM classrooms. This was created for a group of middle school and late elementary teachers who were using iPads in their classrooms, but I think the resources and approaches may be useful for others.
- How can you learn about the human body without a dissection? Check out the artificial anatomy page and talk about ethics in science.
- What different approaches can you use to tinker through a problem? Try Tinkerball in your computer lab and compare your inventions.
- Would your students enjoy math more if the diagrams or examples were beautiful? The Pythagorean Theorem never looked as good as in Crockett Johnson’s paintings.
- What does sound look like? With over 15 short videos, explore acoustics demonstrations of wave models, tuning forks, and more.
I hope you will take a look at the webinar and the resources and share your responses below. We would love to hear your thoughts to integrate them into future plans for addressing STEM.
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