Something we are always striving for here at Fisher Science Education is helping students apply scientific concepts and principles into real-world applications. The STEM Design Challenge takes this to the next level for elementary and middle school students by testing their engineering, design, critical thinking and teamwork skills in an innovative way. Read on to see how students in the Allegheny County of Pittsburgh were able to apply all of these skills in a fun competition!
The scientists and researchers who are making the next monumental breakthrough in science today all got their start in a classroom science lab. Whether it was the first time they looked at paramecium through a microscope or the first time they mixed hydrogen peroxide with potassium iodide, something clicked inside every one of those students and made them realize that science is going to be their life’s work. We here at Fisher Science Education are extremely proud to be the one providing students with products and resources that are used in this pivotal moment in their life so whenever we come across a school or district who does not have access to the necessary funding to provide these “aha” moments, we jump at the chance to help them. Read on to see how we implemented our new corporate social responsibility program to a school district in need.
Accuracy. Consistency. Reliability. These are the words that best describe Ohaus and the kinds of standards that are always top of mind when they’re designing their products. Their unwavering commitment to high-quality and durability makes them a staple in almost every industry so it’s no surprise that the students enrolled in The Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Hospitality’s Baking & Pastry Arts program are finding success with Ohaus balances.
This week we celebrate engineers all around the country and the contributions they’ve made to society. In the U.S., National Engineering Week usually falls on the same week as George Washington’s birthday to pay tribute to his surveying and map making skills in the late 1700’s. It has been said that Washington surveyed over 200 tracts of land and is considered the first engineer for his work. In honor of National Engineering Week and all of Washington’s contributions, we’ve gathered a week’s worth of engineering activities you can try at home or in the classroom!
This is a guest post from Maggie Keeler (@KeelerMS). Shared with the permission of our friends at Swift Optical.
Microscope work in science class is often a solitary endeavor. Traditionally, one student searches to find a seemingly invisible organism while patiently waiting for the teacher to come confirm that they’ve found it. Not anymore! With the MotiConnect App from Motic, this isolated experience becomes collaborative. MotiConnect allows you to connect up to six iPads wirelessly to a Moticam X camera or digital microscope with Moticam software. Each student is then able to capture images, record videos, annotate, and measure images from the microscope.
Fisher Science Education is committed to promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education in schools all across the country. As demand for jobs in these fields continues to grow, it is important that students possess the necessary skills to face the challenges of the 21st century with confidence and innovation. As part of our corporate responsibility efforts, we also believe in making the world healthier, cleaner and safer and are always encouraging students to experience science safely. With this goal in mind we teamed up with our parent company Thermo Fisher Scientific to create a program that brings STEM and lab safety into the classroom like never before.
How many of you spent last summer dumping a bucket of ice water over your head all in the name of charity? While most participants did donate to the cause, as well as take the frigid challenge, skeptics had a whole different take on the event as they wondered how ice water could actually make a difference. A year later and their questions are answered: money donated to the ALS Foundation has allowed researchers to work faster and more diligently so that a treatment may be as close as two to three years away.
Every great student requires a great teacher. The fields about which we have written, and the fields about which we will continue to write, all encourage students to begin taking STEM courses in high school. These STEM courses need good teachers to teach them. If learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is what you want to do in college, and then you want to pass that knowledge on to future generations, consider becoming a STEM teacher.
Straight or Curly? Why won’t this frizzy hair go away? I want to wear lipstick but what color is right for me? I put on deodorant every morning, but I’m still a sweaty mess by noon. No one understands my dilemmas and my reputation is everything.
The Middle School Girl