Archive for July, 2013

Sierra STEM Supports Roseville STEM Camp

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Sierra STEM Collaborative supported a week-long City of Roseville summer camp (June 24-28) called “Disassemble it! Explore it! Rebuild it!” Christian Kinsey, Career Technical Education teacher at Colfax High School, was the instructor. There were 25 children in the class. The class was held at the City of Roseville Utility Exploration Center.

Roseville summer camp supported by Sierra College STEM

The kids built an amp that could be used with their MP3 players. The AMP project was developed by Kinsey and Colfax High School teachers. Instead of using the cardboard tube for the speaker case, they spent the first day rifling through a pile of e-waste, taking things apart. Then they used the components from monitors, scanners, and computer and re-purposed them as the case for the amp . One student even brought in an old TV (with his parents’ permission) to dissemble and re-purpose. Participants were very creative, further customizing the project by adding a solar panel (purchased by parents) and creating a five-speaker amp.


MIT BLOSSOMS offers Math & Science Teaching Videos

Monday, July 29th, 2013

MIT BLOSSOMS (Blended Learning Open Source Science and Math Studies) is a source of over 50 math and science video lessons developed by MIT faculty and others.  The Video Library makes lessons freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads. One goal of MIT BLOSSOMS is to encourage teachers around the world to explore and sample the many excellent teaching and learning resources that are today available for free online. In the MIT BLOSSOMS Video Library, you can search by education standards as well as topic and language.

Sierra STEM Teachers Apply Critical Thinking

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

DSC00666The Sierra College STEM Collaborative with Northwestern Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching has developed a one-of-a-kind professional development program to train college and high school faculty to teach applied critical thinking and better prepare students for employment. The first professional development session was held in June 2013.