This Week in STEM: STEM Gifts and DIY Microwave Science

This Week in STEM: STEM Gifts and DIY Microwave Science

At Concept Schools, we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out for what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

There are many more amazing things going on in STEM than we have shared, so leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week. 

Need Some Gift Ideas for your Kiddos?

As parents and educators, we value giving kids toys that capture their attention, imagination, and curiosity. As the holiday season approaches, some of us might need a little help getting our gift lists together. Check out this helpful gift guide of STEM toys for kids released by Purdue University. The Engineering Gift Guide includes toys that get kids excited and learning about everything from coding and engineering design to critical thinking and working collaboratively. 

Over 600 New Free Online Courses

Universities around the world have joined a movement to release their courses for (mostly) free online So whether you’re a teacher looking to sharpen your skills or you’re just curious and in need of a new challenge, check out this list of classes. There are courses in computer science, programming, the humanities, data science, mathematics, science, social sciences, education & teaching, and more! 

Climate Change Matters, and Scientists Worry We’re Not Doing Enough

Leaders from around the world have gathered in Bonn, Germany to discuss a global climate agreement. Scientists are worried, however, that the measures in the Paris agreement are too weak to combat climate change. 

Make Some Plasma in your Microwave 

It’s not exactly news, but we thought you might enjoy this video from Sci Show about DIY microwave science. If you’re ever in need of a Thanksgiving party trick, this might be the inspiration you need. 

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Concept Schools is a nonprofit charter management organization that provides a high-quality, STEM-focused and college-preparatory education through a network of charter schools while offering exceptional programs, comprehensive services, and opportunities to partner in education.

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