Free STEM & PBL Resources… eGFI Is Dreaming Up The Future!


Welcome the third in a series of summer posts dedicated to bringing you the biggest collections of national and international resources you will find anywhere. Summer is a  perfect time to examine what you just might want to include in next year’s lesson plans that will engage your students. I plan to share resources that will cover all the curricular areas. Each article will give an in-depth and informative visit to one of these sites. Make sure you bookmark, copy, RSS, subscribe by email and visit my 21centuryedtech Wiki! You will want to share! If it is not summer where you are, then you can jump right in and facilitate learning with some new material  tomorrow. I will announce each post on twitter at (mjgormans) so be sure to follow. – Mike

If you have been trying to dream up some great STEM and PBL related material then eGFI, brought to you by the the American Society For Engineering Education (ASEE), is a great place for you to visit! This first class organization who’s mission is to dream up the future, is committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education. At first glance it is apparent that this web site is a dream of student centered and actively engaging resources. It now time to go beyond that first glance. You will be amazed at the number of videos, resources, lessons, and activities that are ready for you to integrate.

Once you are done moving  the different pictures of resources around on the entry site, a great place to start is at What’s New.  In What’s New, you will beintroduced to some of the most amazing cutting edge inventions, or perhaps you will want to visit E-Tube filled with video titles like Engineers Are Cool, Stanford Researchers Make Paper Battery,  The Great Space Elevator, and Robot Football! In fact E-Tube contains over one hundred engaging videos covering the major topics of competitions, cool stuff, TV shows, in the field, and in the classroom. Perhaps you want to connect instruction with careers. Then dream on with Trailblazers, a place to connect studies with people in the field. Here you will find interesting people and the interesting things they do related to STEM careers.  If that doesn’t get you dreaming then be sure to check out the lower right hand corner of the page that will take you to 15 different STEM related industries through a funky, yet fun interface. Dream on with eGFI’s amazing Student Blog! This highly engaging blog assists upper elementary, middle and high school students as they explore the various fields of engineering and STEM related fields, plan their own projects, and get the information they need to decide whether an engineering or STEM related career is right for them.

Engineer Your Path provides a great place for students to dream about a possible STEM related future. Here you can meet a student, discover 10 essential steps toward getting in a STEM field, discover what it is like to be on the job, and just get great advice. Great information for schools interested in exploring career pathways! Be sure to read the magazine, filled with cool topics and linked to great videos. You may wish to join the thousands of teachers receiving fresh lesson plans and activities, news, feature articles and web resources every week by email. Check out this archive of teacher newsletters and then sign up here. Do your students want to learn more about The Making of Avatar, 3D Printing, and the The Kepler telescope. Each week, the eGFI student newsletter presents fun and interesting engineering innovations, STEM related topics, and great discussion topics for class. Sign up for the student newsletter and encourage your students to do so, as well. You can check out past newsletters here.

If I have you are dreaming of future possibilities for your classroom then be sure to check out the for teachers link!  This will turn your dreams into a reality! This hard to spot link in the upper right corner of the What’s New Page is one you do not want to miss. You will find close to 100 amazing lesson plans for K12, another large selection of activities that will put your students at the center of project based learning,  over 300 outreach organizations and events, close to 300 web resources devoted to STEM,  special feature articles that feature STEM related education, and some great K12 education news. eGFI is an amazing teacher resource area that could keep you dreaming all season long! If you or teachers you facilitate have an interest in STEM and PBL, then eGFI is a great place to get both you and your students dreaming up the future!

Thus, my focus, to share with you vast resources such as eGI this summer! Take some time to investigate and possibly implement in the school year,  or tomorrow! I will continue to bring thought, reflection, and amazing web apps along with this summer series. Please share with others, visit the 21centuryedtech Wiki, follow on me twitter (mjgormans), and subscribe to this blog by RSS or email . If you have resources that you feel need to be included please leave a reply!  Enjoy, relax, play, and smile…. also take a moment to transform education toward 21st Century Learning! – Mike

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4 responses to “Free STEM & PBL Resources… eGFI Is Dreaming Up The Future!

  1. Robert

    Wow, I just checked out this website, it’s great for getting kids into STEM. Nice find!

    • Robert,
      Thank you for the positive thoughts. I agree that eGFI has great potential for advancing both STEM careers and education. These are important objectives if our kids are to remain competitive in a new economy! Again your reply is appreciated! – Mike

  2. Dear Mike,

    Thank you for your in-depth review of our site! Our site is huge, but we think you mentioned all the sections — except maybe the store (https://shop.egfi-k12.org), where you can buy our magazine and poster (https://shop.egfi-k12.org/eGFI-Poster-Sample.pdf). We also have an active facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/eGFI/83814280068), with over 4400 fans!

    We are impressed with your dedication to transforming education. Please keep up the great work!

    All the best,

    Stacie Harrison & Dennis Cummings
    Co-Directors, eGFI
    Engineering, Go For It
    http://www.egfi-k12.org

    American Society for Engineering Education
    1818 N Street NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20036

    • Dear Stacie and Dennis,

      Thanks for the kind comments. I am a big believer in educational transformation and feel that STEM and PBL with proper technology integration is an essential ingredient. I have been visiting the eGFI for close to a year and have been trying to find the time to review and give it justice! It really is packed with great resources, information, activities, and lessons. Please stay in contact and let me know as you introduce new opportunities. I enjoy networking and providing educators with great tools that can make a difference in 21st century learning! Keep up the great work and I will continue to do what I can to get the word out! Again thanks – Mike

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