Advanced Ev3 Robotics Lesson For Superstars – Problem Solving
My first year teaching STEM was relatively simple from a curriculum design perspective. I knew that grades 5 & 6 would be robotics, and 7 & 8 would be 3D printing (Grade 4 Was a mystery, but I knew I'd figure it out eventually). As none of my students had previous exposure to Robots or 3D printing I could just give my grades 5 & 6 the same lesson, and give my grades 7 & 8 the same lesson. After they had the basics, I would go advanced the next year. The problem was that though I found some basic Ev3 lessons, there didn't seem to be an Advanced Ev3 Robotics Lesson to look at anywhere.…

Ev3 Robotics Lesson for Superstars: Lesson 1
I came to STEM education by way of working in an after school program where I taught an Ev3 Robotics Lesson to students in grade 4-8. At the time, I was beginning my career in education, working on an MA in English, and hadn't programmed a computer since college in the late 1990's. The after school program director handed me an Ev3 education kit, and had me learn how to use it over Christmas break. I had a little more than a week (crammed full of holiday stuff) to not only learn an Ev3 Robotics Lesson myself, but to also create a lesson to teach twelve students. This post is designed to help you avoid the brain damage I suffered at my own hands by giving you a good place to start, and some resources for further exploration.…

Top Five STEM Learning Tools Wishlist
One of my greatest mentors in STEM told me a story soon after we met. He told me about his first teaching post, and one of his own mentors. The head of his department took him into the storage room, and showed him a set of 30 Microscopes. When my mentor said "How did you get all these?" his mentor replied "One or two at a time over the course of a 20 year career". Education is a marathon, not a sprint, don't be afraid to take your time. The learning tools below are fantastic! They are also expensive, and if you read this post not necessary for a strong STEM lesson.…