Engage Students in Solving Real-World Problems with STEM — Carly and Adam
If your students aren’t excited about STEM the problem might be a lack of exposure to real-world challenges. Real-world problem solving should be at the core of any STEM education program. It increases student buy-in as students realize that their work has an impact that extends beyond the classroom walls. It also helps students develop empathy as they take a walk in someone else’s shoes in order to understand the problems they face before coming up with potential solutions.
If you're looking for a cool alternative energy project - no doubt a very cool bonding project to share with the kids - then building this vertical axis wind turbine has got to be right up there. Just don't expect it to go powering your washing machine anytime soon (output is roughly estimated at 50 watts) - but hey, you've got to start somewhere right? The turbine is based on the use of 4 inch PVC pipes, cut in half, for the blades with the blades mounted on bicycle rims. The structure is…
Australian Native Bees are potentially the most underated resource available to agriculturists, horticulturists, honey producers and people who just want a bee hive or colony in their back yard. The bees range from small black, social (hive) stingless bees through a list of thousand and more varieties of solitary bees including the Blue Banded, Leaf Cutter and Giant Carpenter.