Resources for Homeschooling STEM, Part 1: An Overview

Hello world!
Starting today, we’ll be doing a once-weekly review of some popular homeschooling STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) resources from our perspective as three engineers from MIT and Cornell, with a bit of educational theory we’ve picked up as we think about designing our own course thrown in.

daughter STEM conference

Photo by Argonne National Laboratory, Flickr Creative Commons

Our first post will be very short, a list of links (with some brief categorization) for you to pursue in your own time. These are general internet resources — in the future, we may cover more regional resources (we are local to Cambridge, MA, USA).

Projects

On the project-based learning side (also referred to as “maker” or “do-it-yourself” sites) we have some excellent sites for project ideas and tutorials. These tend to have a wide variety of projects suitable for all ages.

  • instructables.com “Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.”
  • learn.adafruit.com “Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits”
  • learn.sparkfun.com “SparkFun’s Department of Education uses electronics as a creative medium and hands-on learning tool”
  • diy.org “Get skills. Be awesome.”
  • solarbotics.com/catalog/kits/ “Competition robot kits, solar-powered robots, electronic components, motors, and information on the field of BEAM Robotics”
  • http://pbskids.org/designsquad/ “Try engineering and science activities or compete in contests on DESIGN SQUADNATION’s educational website for kids. Read a blog from real engineers.”

Sites from Museums / Public Agencies

Museums have developed some excellent resources over the years. These tend to be K-12 resources.

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Hello, World!

We’re quite excited to be live on the internet and blogging about our progress to date.

Today, we got the robot arm to draw a narwhal! Here is a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v2RA_bAGDU

and here is a picture:

Screenshot from 2013-07-05 17:40:22

We also talked to many more homeschoolers. From them we learned more about the classical homeschooling method and about conferences we might attend to promote NarwhalEDU. WE learned as well that the Edgerton Outreach Center (http://web.mit.edu/edgerton/outreach/) is well known and loved.

Hope everyone had a great fourth of July!

Send us a blank comment if you wish to keep up to date with our progress. Thanks for your support and enthusiasm!