Welcome to newsletter 18!
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Our newsletter will introduce you to a STEM topic and find a related activity to work on during the week (please let us know your results!), As well as extensions for additional learning or games in that area. Also, you’ll find a northeastern connection – something Northeastern does in relation to this field. This week’s topic: astronomy and space exploration. You can find a list of previous blog posts in the blog index.
As an avid gamer, I obviously have to combine some space-related games. I don’t want this to appear like an advertisement, but these games are really fun. NASA that has lots of STEM resources for K-12 educators also has one Collection of free educational games focused on space. The known and preserved Kerbal space program is also an excellent game that focuses on building rocket ships and launching them into space. While not free ($ 40 on Steam), the physics are realistic and the game is really fun. A sequel to the game comes in 2021. FTL: Faster than light [$10] is another space game, this time one in which you have to manage your spaceship and survive. Another fun game, although very complex and a little more expensive ($ 60). Distant worlds: universe is a single player real-time exploration space strategy game. It is absolutely huge, with over 1000 star systems to explore.
Web resources for K-12 students and parents
In addition to the resource highlight mentioned above, which is directly linked to the newsletter topic, we’ll be highlighting two new web resources every week.
- nsta Daily Thu
The National Science Teaching Association’s collection of daily sensory tasks for teachers and families to get students excited about science. Divided by age (elementary / intermediate / advanced), each daily task has a detailed lesson plan with videos and key questions.
- ITEEA resources for the home
The compilation of resources from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association to assist educators in teaching “social distancing”.
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