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Real World Data: 3 Strategies for Cultivating STEAM Engagement

The Tech Monsters recently had the opportunity to contribute to Tech-Based Teaching, a blog sponsored by Wolfram Research.


We wrote about our experiences creating the most engaging, edtech extravaganza, we could think of:


Real World Data: 3 Strategies for Cultivating STEAM Engagement.



Catchy, huh? We think introducing real life monsters to kids is a great way to get them interested in…




We really enjoyed working with Alyson on editing this blog post and think it might be the start of something big!

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The Importance of Real World Data to Drive Student Engagement

Before knowledge comes curiosity.


Every expert was once just curious. A successful STEAM education experience must first and foremost be engaging. The Tech Monsters have been turning our gears for a while, developing engaging STEAM content. We would like to share some of our strategies we have found useful for getting and keeping students engaged. We have found that using real world data, one to one hands on learning, and keeping a fun, campy environment to be key for creating an engaging experience.


Look into a typing class and you will see students using keyboards, as well as students off task and disengaged. The students are asked to reproduce documents about as interesting as pages from a phone book. (If they can even imagine what a phone book is.) Understandably, such materials fail to keep their attention. Their lack of engagement denies them the opportunity to build a … Read More

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TTM Collaborative

The One Where We Build A Light Sensing Circuit!

Our goals for the second lab consisted of guiding students conceptually through the construction of a light sensing circuit, and through it physical assembly. We hoped to provide understanding of how a simple electric circuit would perform the required goal of measuring light. In addition, we provided a review of the previous classes material to aid in the students understanding of the biological processes present within their Monstrariums.


During the Lab we were yet again presented with the difficulty of helping the students assemble their circuits on their breadboards. We are still having difficulty over our use of predefined coordinates to guide the students in placing their components. When provided with the breadboard coordinates, all of the students are successful, but we are not convinced that they understand the purpose behind our choices of locations for the electrical components. In the future we plan to spend more time discussing Read More

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