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Curiosity, Creativity and STEM Can Solve Real-World Problems

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Excerpt from the May 12th issue of  THE Journal

By Guest Blogger & 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalist Kyle Tianshi

My passion for STEM has been driven by curiosity, creativity and a desire to improve the world we live in. I love that STEM provides a way to solve problems and improve lives – it’s the inspiration behind my latest invention, a portable Total Suspended Solids (TSS) device that detects invisible particles in water to monitor water quality and contamination levels.

I had the opportunity to bring my invention to the next level during the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a competition hosted by 3M and Discovery Education, and hope my experience helps encourage other students to pursue their own passion for STEM.

Thinking out-of-the box

In elementary school, one of my favorite books was What If? By Randall Munroe, which uses science and math to explore out-of-the-box, absurd “what if” scenarios. While I didn’t always understand the more technical concepts, it was fascinating to see investigative inquiry play out. Books like What If? kickstarted my passion for STEM, which has continued to grow over the years.

Whether it’s an article about the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines or NASA’s Perseverance, reading helps fuel my curiosity and interest in STEM. I also participate in many STEM extracurriculars, like FIRST LEGO League and MATHCOUNTS at school. Connecting with other people who are passionate about STEM is a great way to learn and an excellent opportunity to collaborate.

Having the opportunity to discuss my projects and ideas with peers and STEM experts, like my 3M mentor Dr. Jonah Shaver, has kept me encouraged and inspired. I looked forward to sharing my progress with Dr. Shaver during a virtual meeting each week, while he showed me the fresh bread he just baked or the wild turkeys that seem to love hanging out in his backyard.

Help students like Kyle explore STEM innovation and think outside-the-box with ready-to-use resources and activities from the 3M Young Scientist Lab to foster a new generation of scientists who are inspired to improve the world with science. For teachers, students and parents seeking a place to explore the world of scientific innovations and opportunities, the interactive portal is filled with engaging activities and standards-aligned teaching tools, anchored by the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge.

Educators subscribed to Discovery Education’s K12 learning platform can also explore resources on the 3M channel, including Science at Home, a series of ready-to-use videos perfect for summer learning. These videos feature hands-on, fun experiments using common, easy-to-find items to help you cultivate students’ curiosity in any learning environment. Take a look today and check back for more videos coming this summer. 

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Books I read in May 2021

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The Power of PlaceBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in May 2021…

Hope you’re reading something fun too!

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Help Elementary Students Understand Medication Safety with Digital Resources from Dose of Knowledge

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Helping younger students understand the differences between prescription medication and over-the counter medication can be a daunting task, but it’s crucial to preparing them to make healthier decisions about medications. Dose of Knowledge, an expansion of the?Pharmacists Teach?program into classrooms, strives to empower educators and pharmacists to address substance misuse and educate students to make good decisions for the health and well-being of themselves and their community.  

Medication Safety, a new standards-aligned digital lesson bundle for students in grades 3-5 gives educators the tools to teach students about the power of medicine and help them understand what to do in the case of a medicine-related emergency. The lesson bundle provides all of the materials needed to ignite these conversations and help young students Engage, Learn & Reflect! 

Engage 

The engagement activity provides students an opportunity to consider their own experiences with both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Students raise two fingers if they have experienced any of the prompts related to medication usage. Having students think through the times in their lives when they have had to take medicine makes the content more relatable and helps set up the objectives of the lesson. Making it into a game piques the students’ interest and gives them an opportunity to interact. 

Learn 

The primary goals of the lesson are to have students recognize what the already know about medicine and learn new facts that will help them make healthy decisions. Each section of the PowerPoint included in the bundle features a specific theme to guide the conversation: 

  • What is medicine and how does it work?  
  • How can we use medicine safely and treat it with care?  
  • Prescription medication exploration 
  • Over-the-counter medication exploration 
  • Vitamin exploration  
  • Review  
  • Dosage discussion 
  • Medicine storage and safety discussion 
  • What to do in case of emergency 

The educator guide provides key talking points to effectively address each of these topics with slide-by-slide recommendations for how to approach the content. This section also features an opportunity for students to collaborate and then share feedback, either out loud in a classroom setting or via a shared document for remote learners, in response to viewing the Medication Safety video. The embedded video features Kahra, a CVS pharmacist, talking directly to students about medication, its uses and the role of pharmacists. 

Reflect 

Lastly, students have the opportunity reflect on the lessons through a series of review prompts highlighted in the presentation. If more time is available, the educator guide also offers a number of recommendations for extending the learning. 

Find these and more resources at Dose of Knowledge.com or on the Dose of Knowledge channel in the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform. 

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2 hours, up to 200 people, 1 low price

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2 hours... up to 200 people... 1 low price. #4Shifts Protocol PD.[Trying something new here…]

The 4 Shifts Protocol is taking off in schools around the world. We’ve got tens of thousands of educators already using it for instructional redesign. Schools who are trying to focus on deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion are finding the protocol to be helpful in their efforts. Our book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning, introduces the protocol, has some lesson redesign examples, and includes some tips and strategies. However, some schools and educators are looking for more interactive professional development.

As we attempt to innovate out of the pandemic and create some new opportunities for students, let’s see if this will be of help:

     2 hours… up to 200 people… for $1,000 (USD).

Online synchronous only. U.S. schools only (for now). Between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm Mountain time (currently GMT-6). No pricing per person and no travel costs! I will provide a quick overview of the protocol, we will redesign two or three lessons together in small groups, I will field questions and concerns, and we will conclude with some suggestions and strategies for usage in your local setting.

Interested? var username = "dr.scott.mcleod"; var hostname = "gmail.com";document.write("" + "Drop me a note" + ""). We’ll find a date and time and I’ll send you the Zoom link. It’s that easy.

And of course we can customize this. For instance, we could do:

  • 1 introductory session for teachers (got a group of innovators?)
  • 1 introductory session for administrators
  • 1 or 2 follow-up sessions to go deeper (e.g., with your own lessons and/or around instructional coaching)

Or we could do:

  • 1 introductory session for elementary school(s)
  • 1 introductory session for middle school(s)
  • 1 introductory session for high school(s)
  • 1 introductory session for instructional / technology coaches and principals
  • 1 or 2 follow-up sessions to go deeper (e.g., with your own lessons and/or around instructional coaching)

Or we could do:

  • 1 session on Section A, Deeper Thinking and Learning
  • 1 session on Section B, Authentic Work
  • 1 session on Section C, Student Agency and Personalization
  • 1 session on Section D, Technology Infusion
  • 1 session with examples of what this looks like in other schools
  • 1 or 2 follow-up sessions to go deeper (e.g., with your own lessons and/or around instructional coaching)

Or whatever else makes sense for you…

var username = "dr.scott.mcleod"; var hostname = "gmail.com";document.write("" + "Get in touch" + ""). Satisfaction guaranteed. Hope this helps!

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