Technology Education for
Children's Council
 
TECC an affiliate council of the International Technology Education Association (ITEA)

Brackitz

Brackitz

Brackitz is the only open-ended construction toy that lets kids build any structure they can imagine - anything! Our unique, connect-anywhere brackitz attach to traditional planks at any point, any angle, enabling builders to design larger-than-life, gravity-defying, 3D structures, connecting imaginations to real-life engineering and architecture skills. Let's build!

http://brackitz.com

Celeste Baine Teaching Engineering Made Easy

Celeste Baine Teaching Engineering Made Easy

Teaching Engineering Made Easy gives classroom teachers an easy and dynamic way to meet curriculum standards and competencies. You'll find the lessons and activities to actively engage students in learning about engineering and our technological world by applying creativity and innovation as they complete the projects. The activities do not require a formal science lab and can be done with materials that are inexpensive and easy to find.

Each lesson includes background information, ITEEA and NSTA Standards Alignment, a list of materials needed to complete the activity, an easy-to-follow procedure for presenting the lesson, teacher notes, reproducible student sheets, and safety notes. Activities range from 20 minute problem solving exercises to several class period design or “challenge” activities.

http://www.childrensengineering.com/CEEShop1.htm

Design It! Series by Bernie Zubrowski

Design It! Series by Bernie Zubrowski

The Design It! curriculum was developed by Bernie Zubrowski and others at Educational Development Centers in Newton, MA, and is published by Kelvin. It includes design challenges where students create: gliders, ball-and-track toy, rubber-band-powered cars, pinball machine, paper bridge, spinning toys, and model crane. Design It! has a well thought-out pedagogy behind it, which differentiates it from other design-based curricula. Students spend more time with the activities' materials, before being given plans from which they can make more optimal designs. Zubrowski explains that students need to learn by hands-on explorations about what the materials can and cannot do, before they can make knowledgeable decisions of how to improve the devices they are building. This translates into more time spent on the project -- an in-depth way to learning.

http://www.kelvin.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=k&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=ENDEED

Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Illinois State University

Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Illinois State University

CeMaST has partnered with TPS Publishing and Alpha Graphics to produce, promote, and distribute the Creative Core Curriculum program. This is available for both mathematics and science. Both the mathematics and science Creative Core Curriculum programs consist of a series of lessons and practice sheets that specifically address Common Core Standards for Mathematics or Next Generation Science Standards grades K-5. Both programs also include correlated lessons utilizing crafting activities, specific materials for ELL and students with special needs, and an extensive assessment database. CeMaST contributed STEM projects addressing each standard and provides Professional Development for all of the Creative Core Curriculum materials.


http://cemast.illinoisstate.edu/educators/stem/elementary/

Children's Engineering Educators

Children's Engineering Educators

The members of Children's Engineering Educators are an experienced group of elementary teachers who believe that the hands-on learning involved with children's engineering will encourage children of all learning styles and abilities to develop ownership of the essential knowledge expected of elementary students in our rapidly changing world. They also believe that technology education develops critical thinking skills that will be needed by all students to make sound decisions in the future.

The members are dedicated to providing meaningful hands-on in-service programs for teachers and developing age appropriate technology based teaching activities to will help create technological literate citizens for the 21st Century. Their first book, Children's Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators, is one of the classics in elementary engineering.

http://www.childrensengineering.com/CEEShop1.htm

Design Squad

Design Squad

Use DESIGN SQUAD NATION activities, animations, video profiles, and episodes in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home.

http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators

Edison the Robot

Edison the Robot

Meet Edison the super affordable robot for learning and inventing.

Edison is Lego compatible, easy to program and has built-in programs that are activated by driving over barcodes. Edison is programmed using EdWare, a drag and drop graphical programming language that is easy to learn. EdWare is free and open source and works on Windows, Mac and Linux computers. Drive Edison using a standard TV/DVD remote control. Edison can learn commands from just about any remote control and can drive forward, backward, turn left, turn right, spin left and spin right. Edison can detect light and can follow a line or play beeps and musical tunes.

www.meetedison.com

Engineering - Go For It

Engineering – Go For It

eGFI evolved from the name of the first 3 editions of the magazine, Engineering, Go For It!. Today, eGFI refers to several integrated components of the eGFI brand: the new interactive eGFI website, the 5th edition of the eGFI magazine, the teacher and student e-newsletters and eGFI poster, flash cards and kids' book

http://www.egfi-k12.org

Engineering is Elementary

Engineering is Elementary

The Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE lessons not only promote K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, but also connect with literacy and social studies.

http://www.mos.org/eie

Finch Robot by Birdbrain Technologies

Finch Robot by Birdbrain Technologies

The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab. The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old. The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include: - Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors - Accelerometers - Motors - Buzzer - Full-color beak LED - Pen mount for drawing capability - Plugs into USB port - no batteries required The Finch is manufactured under license from Carnegie Mellon University.

http://www.finchrobot.com/

Fischertechnik - Introduction to STEM I

Fischertechnik – Introduction to STEM I

- An ideal pathway for introducing students to everyday technology, grades 2-5 - Helps students understand how simple machines actually work - Explores STEM concepts, such as: cause and effect, energy and matter, analyzing/interpreting data, design solutions and more! - Includes standards-based curriculum - This set contains 500 pieces along with a detailed assembly manual - Builds 40 different STEM models The Perfect Solution for Your Classroom: - Affordable, re-usable and easily scalable STEM education solution. - Complete curriculum designed to meet current Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. - Contains everything needed to build a series of functional STEM-focused models using the fischertechnik building system. - Projects for each indicated grade level can easily be completed in 45 minutes or less. - Provides rubrics, student worksheets and teachers answer sheets.

http://www.fischertechnik.biz/fischertechnik-intro-stem-i-and-ii

Great PD - Online elementary STEM course for educators

Great PD – Online elementary STEM course for educators

The purpose of this course is to provide educators the opportunity to understand and experience how to integrate STEM lessons into the pre-K - 6 science curricula. The course will include discussing the benefits of developing technological literacy in school-age students; defining STEM; experiencing hands-on activities that serve as exemplars for integrating STEM concepts with the updated Ohio Academic Standards for Science; understanding how scientific inquiry and technological design can guide implementing STEM projects in elementary science lessons; and reviewing resources for elementary STEM. As a final project, attendees will develop their own integrated STEM lessons based on a science concept standard they teach at their grade level.

http://greatpd.com/connect/course/index.php?categoryid=1

ITEEA's Engineering by Design

ITEEA’s Engineering by Design

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's STEM±Center for Teaching and Learning™ has developed the only standards-based national model for Grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context. The model, Engineering byDesign™ is built on the Common Core State Standards ( High School / Middle School), Next Generation Science Standards (K-12), Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEEA); Principles and Standards for School Mathematics(NCTM); and Project 2061, Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS). Additionally, the Program K-12 has been mapped to the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering.

http://www.iteea.org/EbD/ebd.htm

ITEEA's Innovation Station elementary listserv

ITEEA’s Innovation Station elementary listserv

Join ITEEA's elementary learning community - elementary educators interested in bringing out every student's creative ability to design, build, tinker, and construct. Innovation Station is for teachers who want to get their students actively involved in learning. It's a teacher's resource for answers, ideas, and teaching techniques that work! This is free to anyone who is passionate about teaching.

http://www.iteea.org/Networking/IS/IS.htm

KEVA Planks

KEVA Planks

Every piece is the same. KEVA planks are about 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long.

You build structures by simply stacking the planks. No glue, no connectors. They can be stacked upright which looks like it would be unstable as a house of cards, but even this type of structure is surprisingly stable.

The simplicity is compelling. Just as it is hard to explain why something is funny, it is hard to explain why most people- both children and adults- really become captivated by KEVA Planks.

KEVA planks have the broadest age range appeal of any toy we have ever seen. From preschoolers to architects, each person builds at his own skill level. KEVA planks is the gift they never outgrow.

http://www.kevaplanks.com

Little Bits Electronics

Little Bits Electronics

Whether you're an educator inspiring the next generation of problem-solvers, a parent building STEM/STEAM skills with your kids or a DIYer prototyping your next big idea, we'll help you unleash your creativity with our easy-to-use electronic building blocks.

http://littlebits.cc

MakeDo - Tools for playful cardboard construction

MakeDo - Tools for playful cardboard construction

Makedo engages people in creative cardboard making that gives way to imaginative, open-ended play. Makedo tools are purposely designed for fast, simple and sturdy cardboard construction.

NASA Educational Resources

NASA Educational Resources

NASA's Education Materials Finder will help teachers locate resources that can be used in the classroom. Users may search by keywords, grade level, product type and subject. With hundreds of publications and Web sites indexed, the finder is the best way to locate NASA educational resources.

http://www.nasa.gov/education/materials/#.VZaz1BNViko

National Science Teachers Association Science and the STEM Classroom

National Science Teachers Association Science and the STEM Classroom

This is free monthly newsletter about integrating STEM into the science classroom. It has separate issues each month for elementary, middle and high school science classes. Membership to NSTA is not required.

https://www.nsta.org/publications/archive-scienceclass.aspx

Nasco Online Elementary STEM Catalog

Nasco Online Elementary STEM Catalog

Nasco has an array of products to aid in your teaching of a STEM curriculum. In our 21st Century economy, a quality education for all students is necessary to prepare them to prosper in work and life. Our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in a global economy as you inspire students to move into careers that relate to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

http://www.enasco.com/c/elementary/STEM

NSTA Young Scientist Newsletter

NSTA Young Scientist Newsletter

Encouraging Young Scientists is a free monthly newsletter that aims to make science accessible to and achievable by young children in grades PreK-2, to encourage teachers, and to provide resources and ideas for making science fun and relevant in the classroom. Each month has a different science theme.

https://www.nsta.org/publications/archive-eys.aspx

PInblock

PInblock

A simply designed block made out of a flexible plastic with long prongs gives builders new possibilites for creating.”

With one building block you can make buildings, planes, vehicles, and more. The choice of either making a miniature plane or a whole city that would fill your room with buildings and roads is purely yours.

www.pinblock.com

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits<

Elencos new Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects, such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and much more! You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics. No tools required. Uses AA batteries.

http://www.snapcircuits.net

STEM is Elementary

STEM is Elementary

A website with free resources, a free monthly newsletter on integrating STEM literacy in grades K - 8, and information on an online Introduction to Elementary STEM for K-6 teachers.

www.stemislementary.com

Try Engineering

Try Engineering

Tryengineering.org is a resource for students, their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, and we hope it will help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.

Students will find here descriptions of the lifestyles and experiences of engineers, and on the different disciplines within engineering. We provide hands-on experiments and activities, referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities, and search tools for schools that offer engineering programs. Useful tips on course selection, applying to university programs and financial aid are included.

Students can also use this portal to browse questions answered by engineering students in universities and practicing engineers.

Parents and educators will find here, in addition, teaching resources, information about school accreditation, and description of plans, organizations and programs that can be of help in planning and preparing students to develop a future career in engineering.

www.tryengineering.com

The Virginia Children's Engineering Council

The Virginia Children’s Engineering Council

The Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC) is dedicated to developing design and technology instructional materials, and providing local, regional, and statewide in-service opportunities for educators at grades K-5. The in-service programs help teachers ensure that children develop an understanding of how to use, create, control, and assess technology. These instructional experiences are provided in a design, critical thinking and problem solving contest. They undergrid attainment of selected Standards of Learning in English, mathematics, science, history and social studies. The VCEC also host the world's largest conference devoted to children's engineering:

www.childrendsengineering.org

http://childrensengineering.org/convention/convention.php


Children of TECC
Children of TECC
Children of TECC
Children of TECC