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YEAR AT STEM LAB AT BROWN ELEMENTARY




The goal of our STEM program at Brown is to plant the STEM seed that will set our students on the path of becoming innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The program's vision is implemented in four stages. 

Part One: Basic Skills
Using our GoogleEd platform, we start with general and rather essential skills: use an email account, understand the kinds of free on-line tools available ranging from storage to word processing and spreadsheet applications. Each one of our K - 5 students has her own student GoogleEd account with access to email, and the full suite of Google and third party educational apps. Our  goal is to empower students to view the computer as an ally in doing school related and other work productively and efficiently. The possibilities are endless, but ultimately we wish to endow students with an ability to find the right tools for the right task. Here are some concrete examples:

 - Write and access an essay on any public or private computer or tablet and store it securely in the cloud
 - Graph algebraic formulae, calculate solutions to math problems using a browser alone 
 - Use social media responsibly and to one’s advantage 
 - Collaborate on school and work projects using the appropriate GoogleEd tools
 - Get a free telephone number on-line
 - Use chat and video chat responsibly



Part Two: Programming Languages
The second, larger part, of the class concentrates on writing programming languages, or coding.  Students will work on :
- Tools from code.org
 - MIT Scratch and Berkeley Snap! 
 - AJAX suite for producing websites (HTML, CSS, JavaScript).
 - Python (a programming language preferred by scientists, powers YouTube, used in finance).
 - Ruby (a programming language originally used to write Twitter).





Part Three: Robotics, Internet of Things, Home Automation
Extending the programming skills into the real world, teaching students how to think and act as scientists and engineers
- Developing spatial reasoning skills through basic Lego kits 
- Developing an early understanding of engineering use Lego WeDo motors, proximity and tilt sensors. Building constructions, and programming their behavior in Scratch
- Evolving the understanding of the stages of product development using Lego Mindstorms with additional sensors, more complex constructions, wireless controls
 - Building weather stations, automated gardens, interactive displays, endless other creations, using Texas Instrument Sensor Tag, Arduino,  RaspberryPi with variety of sensors like accelerometers, gyroscopes, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure sensors, variety of motors, proximity, tilt, sound, light sensors, etc
 - Building apps for Android phones, possibly to integrate physical creations
- Building web apps for social projects and nonprofit organizations with other exciting opportunities.  

Part Four: Entrepreneurial, financial literacy skills as an essential part of STEM 
Financial, organizational, professional and leadership skills for building and developing enterprises
- Understanding money and banking
- Understanding financial markets and their instruments
- The cumulative value of saving 

SOME FUTURE AVENUES
Google Blocks
https://projectbloks.withgoogle.com/
Google Expeditions
https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/
Coding w Chrome
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/coding-with-chrome/becloognjehhioodmnimnehjcibkloed

Well worth revisiting Tynker.com for their new orientation on things, drones, robots

Amazon just released free platform for edu called: 
https://www.amazoninspire.com/access
but it is invite only still.

I spent the whole year trying to figure this out using hardware:
https://support.google.com/edu/castforedu

Various Google programs and grants
https://www.google.com/edu/resources/programs/

CS4HS by Google
http://cs4hs.com/resources/

LEGO Ed
Educational Robots for Absolute Beginners - EV3
https://cs4hsev3robots.appspot.com/preview


Ozobot
http://ozobot.com/
http://ozobot.com/stem-education

Sphero
http://www.sphero.com/sphero

RESEARCH
Project Block
https://projectbloks.withgoogle.com/research

Google VR Beyond Cardboard
https://vr.google.com/

APPS
ANDROID

ISS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa.jsc.igoal.ISSResearchExplorer
NASA
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa

EXPEDITIONS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.vr.expeditions&utm_source=ExpWeb&utm_medium=web

Cardboard
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo

Camera
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.vr.cyclops

NVIDIA VR Viewer - Beta
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nvidia.vrviewer

Stars
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.vr.expeditions&utm_source=ExpWeb&utm_medium=web


iOS



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