STEM and Environmental Literacy at Home

As we work to deal with school closures and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have assimilated a selection activities surrounding STEM and Environmental Literacy–all of which can be done at home as part of an independent study. These lessons have been created by local, credentialed educators and celebrate place-based learning in Humboldt County. […]

Electricity Basics

electricity basics for middle school

When we talk about electricity, we typically talk about three things: watts, volts and amps. These are universal units. Each one measures something different. Electricity basics for middle school is a two-day lesson which ¬†introduces students to circuits, watts, volts, amps, and loads. Watts are a basic measure of power. Volts are the standard unit […]

Basic Engineering Design Challenge

The basic¬†engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Many times the solution involves designing a product (like a machine or computer code) that meets certain criteria and/or accomplishes a certain task. This activity models a simple challenge to teach the design process […]