The ES-STEAM Lab

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Resources for environmental science education + STEAM + maker education. Building confidence, competence, and character.
 
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Having students design their own microscope invites them to expand one act of creativity into a way to repeatedly engage in the microscopic world around them. While the outcome is the same, to build a lightweight, flat, "microscope", the students
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Biltmore sticks, or cruiser sticks, were developed on the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina in the late 1800’s to measure approximate tree diameter at breast height (DBH) and tree height. The Biltmore stick uses the principle of right triangles and
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A collection of 9 different teambuilder challenges designed to highlight transferable STEAM skills. Requiring minimal materials and set-up, these challenges are usable for a class, outdoor school, a homeschool group, or after school. Included is a
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A budget exercise for a developing a user-designed makerspace or STEAM Lab. While time intensive, involving students in researching materials and proposing a budget will ensure a user-designed space. This exercise intentionally has a lot of blank
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Studying watersheds? Want to know how far it is from your classroom to a point downstream? Need information on the approximate population within a watershed? Streamer, an online tool from USGS that is part of The National Map, allows you to do
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This includes two versions of a general design thinking planning guide for older elementary students-middle school to fill out for guided or student-led making and innovation. It is designed to encourage students to think before designing, and
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A lesson designed to explore how stream health is affected by land use and non-living variables using provided data and to engage with an online stream mapping tool to investigate the “big picture” of stream health. Use water quality data
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You've probably heard of reduce, reuse, and recycle. These posters address conservation of materials in your STEAM Lab or makerspace. Use the idea of recognizing problems, re-designing, and more to begin to add more purpose to your maker and STEAM
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Two versions of deconstruction guides for tech or toy take-aparts to document the deconstruction process, and to encourage students to incorporate safety, curiosity, and sketching. Designed for grades 2+, and uses the same format as the ESSTEAM
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Hi, my name is Katie Monsma! Thanks for checking my store out. // Environmental Educator (MS in Environmental Education) ~~ STEAM Program Development~~ Maker educator~~ Passionate about environmental literacy, STEAM education, and experiential education. I geek out about water and forest ecology, and meteorology. I've primarily worked in informal education, in after school programs, state parks, and Olympic National Park, to name a few.

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BS Environmental Science, Messiah College~~ MS Environmental Education, Southern Oregon University~~ Other Courses: Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes, Cornell University~~ Introduction to Making, Sonoma State University Making for Educators, Sonoma State University

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Military spouse and Hearing impaired since youth

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