A test stand is a piece of equipment that engineers build in order to test a design, or to make design decisions. If you are using Project Based Learning in your STEM classes, a test stand can make the Engineering Design Process come alive! Examples 
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In January 2021 we opened our first robotics club. During the months prior to starting the club we’d been searching for a robotics kit that was both affordable and versatile. Following a tip on a Facebook STEM group, we came across the Evive robotics platform 
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My advanced scratchers were looking for a challenging project with a superhero theme. We came up with a Q&A game where the player discovers their natural superhero affinity. This game was patterned after the Hogwarts game in the CreateCodeLoad 30 day challenge. Here’s a link 
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In 2019, we created a STEM unit called Edison’s Toy Studio. In this unit, teams were challenged to create an electric toy. Almost all the teams created some sort of motorized vehicle, and they were very proud of their projects. The only problem was the 
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In September 2020, we offered our first code club. It was a twelve week club offered as an online group through our church, Cedar Creek Church. I had plenty of experience with coding, having worked as a software engineer for nearly twenty years. But I 
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When the pandemic hit in spring of 2020, we moved our STEM Family Fun club meetings to an online format. The teams finished two great projects that semester, but coaching them through Zoom was challenging. During the summer, we’ve been working with four youngsters who 
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The engineering design process (EDP) is a series of steps that engineering teams use to solve problems. The design process is iterative, meaning that each step is repeated as many times as needed to arrive at a great solution.  In addition, Using the EDP makes 
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Here at Kool Kat Science, we’ve written many STEM lessons that included requirements to test and measure various forces. To help students think like engineers, we had them build homemade tools to make the measurements. These were often just ad hoc platforms made with two 
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Our STEM club’s mechanical puppet project was filled with interesting challenges. I addressed one in a previous blog: building a working jaw using a lever structure. In this article I will discuss the lessons learned while building movable eyes. The design challenge for the Movable 
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Recently, our STEM club did a four session electricity unit. We challenged the kids to design and build a battery powered toy that either moved or had lights and sound. Without exception, each team chose to build a toy that used a motor for movement. 
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Dave and Paula were great. My son couldn’t wait for Mondays.
My son really grew over the course of this club. It was fun to see what he knew.

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My son really grew over the course of this club. It was fun to see what he knew.
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Our robotics class was excellent.
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My son is really into this stuff so it was good to see him lean in more and it gave us an opportunity to spend more quality time together. Anything where the kids are learning and having fun is fantastic.
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