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Helpful information about STEM education and CTE programs

Got Grit?

by Peter 12. October 2016 05:14

Got Grit?


Got Grit?

To celebrate students and classrooms that engage in the process of learning Paxton/Patterson has launched the Got Grit Contest. We know that through the course of learning there are frequent twists, turns, and even setbacks. We hope that you and your students share stories of the mistakes, setbacks, and the perseverance that went into the process of learning and eventual success! We want to hear about your success stories and reward them.

Share Your Learning Experience
for a Chance to Win
Pizzas, Prizes and a 3-D Printer

Submissions can be made in different formats. We want you and your students to be creative! The story you tell could be a series of photos with captions, sketches, a video that chronicles a design brief, or perhaps a narrative writing piece that demonstrates “Grit”.

Enter the contest at paxtonpatterson.com/contest.

Download a contest flier.

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CO2 Dragster 3D Challenge

by Peter 20. September 2016 08:28

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CO2 Dragster 3D Challenge

Why not take your next CO2 dragster project to the next level with an extreme challenge? Ask students to completely fabricate their cars with custom 3D printed designs. If your classroom doesn’t already have CAD software, there are basic free versions available online to create STL files – used for 3D printing.

Can You Create a Faster Dragster?

3D Printed CO2 Dragster

Students should begin with the size and shape of a CO2 cartridge. They will need to design a dragster that accurately holds the CO2 cartridge in place during the race. The rest of the rules are up to you. Is there a size requirement? Do they need to utilize four wheels? Do the wheels have to be 3D printed?

This real-world lesson can incorporate drafting, engineering, fabrication, the Laws of Motion and countless other useful skills.

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Tags: STEM Education, STEM Learning Systems, 3D Printing Dragsters, CO2 Dragster Competition

STEM Takes Language Arts to Mars

by Peter 23. August 2016 06:59

STEM and Language Arts?

Alien Animation

Paxton/Patterson is helping teachers incorporate Language Arts into STEM, with a project that is out of this world. In Computer Graphics and Animation, students create a stop motion animation to communicate an important message – like the dangers of texting while driving. In this example, two aliens are driving a Mars rover while distracted with a cell phone. They do not notice the cliff edge, the warning signs or the shark that is swimming in the water below the cliff. Did you know there are sharks on Mars? There are, if you let your imagination run wild. That’s one of the great benefits of this STEM Learning Systems activity. Students are encouraged to be creative and have fun while utilizing technology. It’s a wonderful blend of resources that allow teachers to cover a wide range of traditional subjects.

For more information about Computer Graphics and Animation please visit www.paxtonpatterson.com/actionlabs-overview.aspx

Tags: STEM Education, STEM Learning Systems, STEM and Language Arts, student animation project, fun STEM Project

How Does STEAM Sound?

by Peter 1. August 2016 03:38

How Does STEAM Sound?

Boom Baby STEM Project

At Cerro Villa Middle School, in Villa Park, CA, it goes "BOOM Baby." During a two week summer school class, called STEAM Academy, students worked with instructor, Daniel Baker, to develop a creative music video. The project challenged students to utilize S.T.E.A.M. education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, combined with Art. In the video, students work with Paxton/Patterson Action Labs, firing rockets, launching CO2 dragsters, and testing pneumatic systems.

Check out this fantastic project by clicking here.

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STEM - STEW

by Peter 28. June 2016 10:07

Strategies That Engage Minds

Lead To

Strategies That Engage Women


Northside High School Advanced Applied STEM Academy Tower students

The combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is commonly referred to as S.T.E.M., however at Northside High School and the Advanced Applied S.T.E.M. Academy, it has another meaning. Director, Kari Cobb, focuses on Strategies-That-Engage-Minds, and those strategies are proving very effective at engaging a large number of diverse female students. 31.68% of students are female.

Female STEM Students

The Academy utilizes the Paxton/Patterson S.T.E.M. programs CareerPlus and CareerPlus 2. With these technology and engineering programs, students take the driver’s seat and Kari takes on the role of coach, mentor, and facilitator. “You can see a difference in these students,” She explains. “They come in asking questions like How do I solve this? What do you want me to do? What’s the answer?  Then after about a week or so of work in the labs, they stop asking and start doing and discovering. We want them to work in teams to find the best solution verses the right answer. Not all of the solutions work right away, but these students have grit. They persevere through challenges that many didn’t believe they would be able to overcome when they first started the class. That's engaging! I believe it is the reason we get such great participation from a wide range of students.”

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