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23 May 2016

Children’s Discovery Day at the Watershed

Another great even happening at the Watershed in Edwardsville is their Children’s Discovery Day! This event is on May 28th from 10am-12pm! The event is titled Wet and Wild and they are requesting children to wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty! The children will learn all about animals that make their home in the water! More information can be found here: http://www.watershednaturecenter.org/calendar/2016/3/3/childrens-discovery-day-wet-and-wild

17 May 2016

Free Workshop: Understanding the Past Through a STEM Lens

The Dust Bowl

Primary source images from the Dust Bowl

Primary source images from the Dust Bowl

The STEM Center is proud to announce a brand new workshop in collaboration with the Teaching with Primary Sources project! This workshop introduces ways STEM education can be integrated into elementary and middle school social studies or history curriculum.  Teachers will engage in a sample STEM-integrated history unit that incorporates analysis tools and primary sources to encourage
STEM-related thinking into a classroom curriculum.  Teachers will have time to explore and research primary sources and topics from a STEM perspective.  Additional time will be given to create a plan to integrate similar lessons and tools into their own curriculum with the support of STEM educators.

Where and When: June 7-8th from 9:00-3:00 at SIUE

Lunch and 12 PD Hours included when you register for free. You will also receive a free flash drive with all of the primary sources and curricular materials free. Sign up with a colleague from your school and receive a soil testing kit and books for your classroom!

To apply, please fill out the application here.

28 April 2016

Summer Camp Time!

The STEM Odyssey Summer Camp is open and accepting registration forms. This camp experience has been providing science-based summer opportunities for students for years and this summer we’re continuing a second year of our collaboration with the art department. If you’re child is interested in STEM topics, check out the Odyssey Summer Camp page and fill out a registration form today!

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23 March 2016

Judges Still Needed!

We still have need of some judges at the Science & Engineering Research Challenge this Saturday. If you’re able to help out, please head over to the event page and sign up. It’s a lot of fun with great projects, talented students, and free food!

18 March 2016

Odyssey Camp!

The registration form for this year’s Odyssey Camp is up! You can check out the camp page for more information about what the camp topics are and information.

Odyssey Camp Will Be Held from
July 18-29

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us here at the STEM Center (stemcenter@siue.edu or 650-3065) and we’ll be happy to help!

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11 March 2016

SERC Judges Needed!

We’re just writing to remind you that volunteers are needed for the Regional Science and Engineering Research Challenge (SERC) or previously known as “Science Fair” at SIUE. The Research Challenge will take place on Saturday, April 2, and will host more than 250 regional students from grades 5-12.

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09 March 2016

The STEM Center Is Expanding Its Space Education

You might have seen on the SIUE News Page that the STEM Center is getting a huge grant from NASA to expand our education efforts on astronomy topics.

Heading up this program is the STEM Center’s Dr. Pamela Gay, the lead scientist of the CosmoQuest citizen science project. “With this funding, CosmoQuest will be able to grow from a seedling full of potential, into a mighty tree that supports science and learning opportunities,” says Gay “We are bringing new partners with added expertise, and we couldn’t be prouder of this team.”

Check out the link above for the full story but we’re all very excited.

24 February 2016

Snow Day!

The STEM Center, like the rest of SIUe campus, will be closed today because of weather. Instead of heading out in the slush, we recommend you watch some fun STEM videos, try some at-home activities, or solve some brainteasers. Examples of all of those can be found on our website so scroll back through the archives and see. Stay safe and we’ll see you later in the week!

29 January 2016

What Color is a Mirror?

Colors are all around us, so much so that we may forget to wonder how they work. This video discusses some physics of colors and light, as well as other related questions- Why is the sky blue? Share some cool physics phenomenon with your students, including how mirrors work, and introduce them to optics.

22 January 2016

Can You Solve This Puzzle?

How do we test our ideas? When students are learning the Scientific Method and performing experiments, do they try to find out what they know will happen or what they don’t know? Here is a video that gets people to use their scientific reasoning to test ideas about an observation- a conversational experiment. See if the people around you can guess the “rule” and ask your students what they think the rule is to see how they are testing their predictions.