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It's been a trying year, to say the least, but as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday the KC STEM Alliance team is grateful for many things. Chief among them is witnessing the resolve and resiliency among all of those involved in helping our young people learn in this challenging environment.

Check out these examples from around the region >
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

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VR/AR Hackathon | December 4-6

VRofKCs' Fall 2020 Hackathon—a VR/AR software development challenge for high school students—will take place virtually Dec. 4-6, with all student teams working remotely in their respective homes. Using design thinking and team collaboration, teams will build a functioning VR/AR prototype that addresses the competition's problem statement (to be revealed Dec. 4).

Post challenge, teams can get assistance in building their prototype into a minimum viable product (MVP), and with persistence and dedication on to a commercially viable product. Technical mentors and subject matter experts will be available during the hackathon, along with online support and collaboration tools. 
 
Teams will check in their final project and pitch video online; submitted projects will be judged by a panel of VR/AR and industry partners. 

Learn more >


Cooking with Curiosity | National Inventors Hall of Fame

Families who cook together grow STEM skills together and a new fall cookbook from the National Inventors Hall of Fame makes it easier to connect the dots. Check out this collection of fall recipes and accompanying STEM concepts—you just might find a new favorite to try over Thanksgiving break!

Download the cookbook >



Cool Science Art Competition

Ask the students in your life to depict one of three climate-related challenge questions in a piece of visual art for this year's Cool Science competition. The winning entry will be displayed on public buses next summer!

See the full details >


 

PREP-KC Fall Math Challenge

PREP-KC's Regional Math Relays go virtual in January with students competing in individual and team events that will require a combination of problem-solving and mathematical skills. In the meantime, all students around the metro can take part in a fall challenge to see mathematical shapes in nature and the world around you.
 
Check out the student-designed website >

Visit STEM Connect-KC for more!
FOR EDUCATORS

Resource Highlight // Mizzen by Mott


Mizzen by Mott is a new app from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation specifically created to support those teaching, coordinating or managing programs in K-12 after school programs. The app includes more than 1,000 activities with information such as the age range, the total time it will take to complete, a quick overview of the activity along with learning objectives, and a list of any materials needed to complete the activity.

Take a tour >
 



Resource Highlight // CodeBytes 


Code.org has introduced easy-to-digest, 20 minute interactive lessons that will stream twice daily during Computer Science Education Week, Monday through Friday, December 7-11. If you’re planning for a classroom that’s gone fully virtual, CodeBytes are designed to fit smoothly into a distance learning plan. Episodes are tailored to different grade levels.
Code.org also has added a new How-To Guides for hosting in virtual settings and has a number of Hour of Code Unplugged activities to allow students with limited internet access to participate and feel included.
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

New video series guides capstone students

Kansas City's Project Lead The Way Senior Capstone Innovation Experience students are getting real-time, real-world advice as they work through their projects this year. A new video series produced by STARTLAND helps students work through each phase of the design thinking process. Here's the introductory video:



See the rest of the series >

 
 

Project Lead The Way Teacher Talks

To connect and collaborate with PLTW educators through this academic year, KC STEM Alliance has created a series of informal Teacher Talks. These Zoom sessions include insights from relevant post-secondary partners and breakout sessions where teachers can compare notes with their peers. 

See the schedule and sign up >

FIRST ROBOTICS

FIRST: It's not too late to get in the game!

 

Wondering how FIRST LEGO League will work in a remote setting? Check out this video series the Kansas City FIRST team created for coaches. Registration for this season's qualifiers is open now through Dec. 11. Contact Regional Partner Christina Chandler for more information and the registration link.

FIRST Tech Challenge team registration remains open for the new Ultimate Goal season, with organizers preparing leagues for remote play among Missouri and Kansas teams. Contact Phil Wood with questions.

Registration also is open for FIRST Robotics Competition, which recently unveiled some new challenges for teams to tackle remotely, including a Game Design Challenge and an Innovation Challenge, where students can take on a real world problem related to this year's theme.
 


Stay in the game as a mentor


Missing the excitement of working with teams at events this fall? Sign up to make those connections in a new way through FIRST's Mentor Network.

Find out how >
DIVERSITY IN STEM

Celebrate African-American Inventors with NSBE Jr.

Students from aSTEAM Village’s NSBE Jr. Chapter will celebrate the accomplishments of African-American inventors during a virtual Black Heritage Awareness Celebration fundraising event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

The event will honor African-American inventors who are in or have been nominated for induction into the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s National Inventors Hall of Fame, as told by NSBE Co-Founder George Smith.

The event also will feature former NSBE Executive Director and creator of the Black Heritage Day Calendar, Dr. Carl B. Mack. Dr. Mack is the father of NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids and will explore some of the key moments in time from the Black Heritage Day IV Calendar as he provides the keynote address.

Students who take part in the aSTEAM Village RedTails Digital Engineering Alliance also will present some of their work in the community and economic development space during the event.

Learn more and register here >

SAVE THE DATE


Remake Learning Days regional launch | January 13

Remake Learning Days Across America is coming to Kansas City in 2021.

Join us for a celebratory regional launch at 1 p.m. January 13, 2021. 


Learn about Remake Learning Days in KC >

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