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STEM Education Videos for Teachers, Parents & Students

STEM Education Videos for Teachers, Parents & Students

These short videos demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts can be demonstrated through simple an engaging experiments. We hope that each one of these experiments will give STEM teachers ideas for inquiry-based activities in the classroom and will inspire them to engage their students in meaningful learning. The idea of creating these videos came from the need to support future STEM teachers at the Teacher Education Program at UBC through creating reliable resources based on K-12 STEM curriculum. The videos are based on the Deliberate Pedagogical Thinking theoretical framework developed by Dr. Milner-Bolotin and her collaborators. Supported by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund from the University of British Columbia, these videos originated from hundreds of low-cost, safe, and ‘green’ hands-on STEM stations presented to the general public during the annual Family Math and Science Day that takes places annually at the UBC Faculty of Education (http://blogs.ubc.ca/mmilner/outreach/family-math-science-day-at-ubc-faculty-of-education). The Activities presented in these videos have explanations and extension activities, as well as instructions for safety. They can be performed schools, at after-school programs, and home. In most cases they require very limited budget, which makes them accessible to all students, parents and teachers.

Our Background

The University of British Columbia

Founded in 1915, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of Canada's top three universities, and ranks among the world’s 40 best. As a comprehensive research institution, UBC has four campuses, 12 faculties, more than 45,000 students and 21,000 faculty and staff. According to the QS World University Rankings, the Faculty of Education ranks 9th in the globe and 1st in Canada, alongside with Harvard, Oxford and Stanford.

Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin

Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She has been teaching mathematics and science from more than 20 years. Her research interests are in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research, in teacher education and in STEM outreach. She has published multiple peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and an introductory university physics textbook. (Her research web site: http://blogs.ubc.ca/mmilner).

Family Math & Science Day

To amplify the effect of STEM outreach, Family Math and Science Day event was established in 2010 at the Faculty of Education at UBC. Since its inception, the event has got more than 1000 visitors from all over Lower Mainland. More than 350 Teacher-Candidates, graduate students and faculty members volunteered for the event. UBC Faculty Math & Science day featured more than 150 STEM hands-on exhibits and experiments. The activities presented are doable in schools and home for kids on a 'shoestring budget', which extends its impact not only on all teacher-candidates and instructors at the Faculty of Education in UBC, but further on the larger community.

Web site for UBC Family Math and Science Day: http://blogs.ubc.ca/mmilner/outreach/family-math-science-day-at-ubc-faculty-of-education

Math & Science Education Videos for Teachers, Students and Parents: http://blogs.ubc.ca/mmilner/outreach/math-science-education-for-all

Partners

  • UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (2012-2017)
  • UBC Faculty of Education
  • UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)
  • UBC Teacher Education Office (TEO)
  • UBC Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
  • UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy

Our Videos

1. Ideal gas laws and the workings of an ancient Chinese toy

2. How optical fibres work

3. Reflection in a plane mirror

4. Law of reflection figuring out the distance between a mirror to a virtual image

5. Exploring electrostatics

6. Marshmallows are under pressure

7. Hand boiler: Are your hands warm enough?

8. Your electric toothbrush and Faraday electromagnetic induction

9. Eddy currents

10. Our little magic wand

11. May the lens converge with you

12. Simple rules for electrostatic attraction

13. Can you read my eyes?

14. Visualizing magnetic field strength

15. Invisible and visible water pearls

16. Growing and scaling a water pearl

17. Energy transformation

18. Galileo thermometer

19. Density in a bowl of beans

20. Suction cups the power from nothing

21. Visualizing magnetic field lines

22. An alternative magnifying glass

23. Frogs in the lab

24. The plasma globe and your hands