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Family Media Agreements

Where does technology fit into your child's education? We likely each have our own opinions on this matter, so where do you strike the balance?  There's no shortage of apps, websites and games that claim to be educational. Whether it's improving vocabulary or teaching critical thinking skills, there are lots of fun digital activities for kids.

To kick off the 2017 Week of Digital Citizenship, first watch the video below to find out what's really best for education-related technology.  THEN, check out our STEAM Resources page for Common Sense Media's Family Media Agreement forms!  Whether your child is just learning to use a technology device as a first grader, or they're introducing you to new apps and sites daily as a high school student, there's an agreement here for you! Have the tough conversations, set the expectations and ensure that your child is a respectful and responsible digital citizen in exchange for their (intentional and responsible) use of those highly-hicovetted devices!

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Did you know October 6 is Day of Design?

October 6 is the Day of Design - Day of Design is the first national movement created to teach kids how to use Design Thinking to solve STEM-oriented problems that face the new wave of 21st Century manufacturers. STEMconnector’s Day of DesignTM team is assembling industry and education leaders from around the country to create “challenges” that will inspire teachers and their students to apply teamwork and Design Thinking to create compelling and unique solutions. Teams will then create videos of their approach and their solution, which will earn them great prizes and become contributors to the greatest online repository of “Design Thinking-inspired” solutions in the world!  This is a great way for teachers to incorporate PBL into their classrooms!  

STEMconnector®, a national consortium of companies, associations, government entities, and academic institutions focused on advancing STEM education, today announced a partnership with digital credential pioneer, Credly, that will bring digital badges to K-12 and collegiate students who complete challenges for the Day of Design.

Check out ideas and details at: http://dayofdesign.com/  Registration is now open for student teams!
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Bloomington's Makevention This Saturday!

Looking for something fun to explore with your family this Saturday? Whether you're ready to embrace your inner DIYer or just want an outlet for all of your child's creative energy, the Makevention is a place to explore, do, build, tinker and imagine! Come check it out and connect with local makers, designers, builders, engineers, craftsmen, programmers, tinkerers, and much more!

Watch the promotion video by clicking here and join the movement on Saturday at the Bloomington Convention Center!
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Why Project-Based Learning? Why Growth Mindset? Building Our Culture

Have you wondered what Project-Based Learning really means and why (if) it's so important to your children? What about growth mindset? How does having a growth mindset really differ from a fixed mindset? Does your mindset really impact your performance? These are questions many teachers wonder right along with parents...afterall, a lot fo teachers ARE parents.

As a parent, you want your child to be prepared for their future but don't always know what that future will even look like, and that's where STEAM-based skills, Project-Based Learning, and a Growth Mindset all come into critical importance! We can't prepare our students for jobs that perhaps haven't even been yet defined. What we CAN prepare them with is a desire to solve problems, the need to navigate challenges, ways to communicate and interact successfully with peers, and the understanding that we can ALL learn and grow through problems.

Read this blog post about the connected nature of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and building a culture of growth mindset, where students feel equipped and empowered to make decisions regarding their own learning - a culture in which students are given opportunities to pursue knowledge and explore problems they can become passionate about! This is the learning we want taking place daily throughout R-BB schools!

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Top Ten TED Talks for Ed Tech!

Curious what all the hype is about education-related technology?
Ever watched an inspirational TED Talk?
Check out the Top Ten TED Talks for Ed Tech to learn why technology is going to be central to our students' success for the future! 
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Technology Can Empower Even Our Youngest Learners!

Another week of summer, and another week of professional development for R-BB's teachers!  Do you have an elementary student? Did you know they'll be working on new Chromebooks this year, to both consume and create information?  Check out teachers from all three of R-BB's elementary schools working with Technology Integration Specialists from Five-Star Technology, to learn new ways to harness education technology tools to empower our youngest learners and prepare them for the growing digital world!

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Camp Invention at EPS!

SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! We are excited to announce in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Edgewood Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6.

Young innovators will experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box!

Visit the link below to see the ALL NEW Launch program modules in action:


Camp will be held:
June 19 - June 22
8:30 am-4:30 pm

To register:
1. Go to campinvention.org
2. Find camp by zip/city
3. Complete Registration
You can also register by calling 800-968-4332.
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STEM for All Video Showcase - check out EJHS STEAM Club!

Follow the link below to check out the video created by the EJHS STEAM Club for the STEM for All Video Showcase! This project focuses on human-centered robotics, which incorporates the social aspects of robotics to involve and interest girls and other populations who may not see the need for or connection to robotics! 


171 NSF and other Federally funded STEM-related projects share three-minute videos of their innovative work to improve STEM and CS teaching and learning for all learners!

Be a part of this exchange of information and ideas! Vote for your favorite videos by casting a Public Choice Vote. Spread the word! 
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STEAM Night Success!

Thank you to all who participated, presented, judged, showcased or supported STEAM Night at EPS and EIS last night! The event was a HUGE success with an unbelievable turnout!  

A special thanks to our three (wildly popular) food vendors: The Big Cheeze, La Poblana and 812 BBQ! Despite the rain, they were kept busy throughout the evening!   Thank you also to all our community partners: Science fair judges, Baxter Scientific, Cook Aviation, Go Green, Ray Amos Plastics, Parks and Recreation, Scaily Tailz, Ivy Tech, Boys & Girls Club of Ellettsville, Purdue Extension/4H, LEAP, IU Makerspace, and our own EHS engineering students!  Thank you especially, to all of our student leaders had the courage to step up, share their work with peers and families - they're sure to be representing STEAM-related community partners themselves some day!  

We hope you all enjoyed the showcase of hard work and innovative learning your children were able to share with families! 
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STEAM-Related Summer Camps!


Here is a listing of a few STEAM camps in our area:

Edgewood Primary School, Camp Invention: http://campinvention.org/

Ivy Tech Bloomington: https://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/cll/5860.html#summer 

Indiana University: http://camps.engineering.indiana.edu 

WonderLab: http://wonderlab.org/whats-happening/wondercamp/ 

University of Southern Indiana, Engineering and Manufacturing Creativity: http://www.usi.edu/science/southwest-indiana-stem/engineering-and-manufacturing-creativity-camp/ 

Summer camps at the Northwest YMCA in Bloomington have also announced they'll be incorporating STEAM learning into their camp days!

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STEAM Night This Thursday!

Join us for our first annual STEAM FEST this Thursday evening behind EPS and EIS! Three local food vendors will begin selling their tasty menus at 5:00, community partners will share the exciting programs and projects they offer from 5:30 - 6:30, then R-BB students will showcase their own projects through hands-on stations in each building from 6:30 - 7:30!  Science fair projects will also be on display all even at EIS. Be sure to stay for the raffle drawings at 7:45!
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Powerful Messages About Engineering

From DiscoverE Learning, there are five powerful messages to share with your kids - especially your girls - about engineering.  Studies from Engineer Your Life and Changing the Conversation have found that girls:

1. Don't know what engineering is;

2. Think engineers must be exceptional at both math and science; and,

3. Believe engineering is difficult and challenging.

These same projects also found that when we change how we talk about engineering, we can change what they think about engineering.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, counselor, or volunteer here are FIVE things to share about engineers and their work.

Curiosity—Engineers ask lots of questions that start with: Why? How? What if? 

Creativity—Engineering is a great outlet for the imagination—the perfect field for independent thinkers.

Teamwork—Engineering takes teamwork, and engineers work with all kinds of people inside and outside the field. Whether they’re designers or architects, doctors or entrepreneurs, engineers are surrounded by smart, inspiring people.

—An engineering degree offers lots of freedom in finding a person’s dream job. It can be a launching pad for jobs in business, design, medicine, law, and government. To employers or graduate schools, an engineering degree reflects a well-educated individual who has been taught ways of analyzing and solving problems that can lead to success in all kinds of fields.

Helping Others—Imagine what life would be like without pollution controls to preserve the environment, life-saving medical equipment, or low-cost building materials for fighting global poverty. All this takes engineering. In very real and concrete ways, engineers save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet.Want to learn about effective engineering messages?

Want to learn more or watch videos of engineers discussing these points? Visit the full article at:

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Engineers Week!

Calling all young engineers!  Check out this mesage from the International Space Station, celebrating the national Engineers Week!

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Solar, Wind and Watts Roadshow!

How energy efficient is your home? Have you ever explored your energy consumption or possible renewable energy options?

Ask your fifth graders how you can! The Monroe County Energy Challenge trained AP environmental science students from EHS to share the Solar, Wind and Watts Roadshow with elementary students in grades 2-5 disctrict-wide.  The Roadshow is a proram designed to encourage energy awareness in students and to challenge their thining about energy options, and the uses we have for clean energy sources!  The EHS students presenting have shown respect, confidence and initiative in learning through teaching!

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National Engineers Week

Did you know next week is National Engineers Week?  Has your child come home talking about a wild and crazy idea they're chasing or creation they're building? THEY'RE YOUNG ENGINEERS!

Take the pledge to celebrate your children and their curious, inquiring minds with us!


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EJHS Hosts Science Girls' STEM Careers Workshop

Thanks to Ms. Cagle and Mrs. Phillips for hosting EJHS' Science Girl's STEM Careers Workshop where 39 girls took a quiz to find out their STEM Type and then explored possible job opportunities. They then followed it up with a visit to the theater to see the movie#HiddenFigures about the African American female "Computers" who contributed their mathematical skills to the space race in the 1960s. What a fun #girlsinSTEM night!  

Wondering how to get involved with STEM at EJHS? Email Ms. Cagle at ccagle@rbbschools.net!

stem girls hidden figures trip
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Welcome to the S.T.E.A.M. Blog

Welcome to the S.T.E.A.M. Blog
Please return to this area for new and updated blog posts.  This blog will be maintained by Mandy Henry, Jamie Miller, and Chantal Cagle.  This blog will focus on topics such as:  Robotics, the STEAM Club, Regattas, and Community Information.
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