SciJinks – The Ultimate Weather Website!

NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather website. Targeting middle school students, SciJinks makes the science of weather fun and engaging with exciting and accessible content, games, and multimedia. Find answers to mysteries like our changing seasons, lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other curious phenomenon with the site’s colorful “now I get it” pages. Learn about weather satellites by playing “Shields Up!” or “Satellite Insight!” There are videos, printable images and posters, and lots of other help for teachers. SciJinks also shows you its content by topic: clouds, tides, oceans, atmosphere, seasons, satellites—you name i

Mini-Challenge: Achieve Neutral Buoyancy

Neutral Buoyancy Kit
Neutral Buoyancy Kit

We use this to help students understand the real-world challenge for ROVs, scuba divers and deep sea explorers who need to stay under the surface of the ocean but not sink to the bottom. Try this yourself, and then take it to your classroom! You’ll need a tub of water, plastic eggs and mini weights – we used random items of different weights, like marbles, tiles, fishing lures and beads. Get the worksheets here.


SDIL Presents at ND STEM Conference


Dr. Annalies Corbin was the keynote speaker at the 2015 ND STEM Conference. Dr. Corbin is the CEO and Founder of PAST Foundation and PAST Innovation Lab, an SDIL partner, and she serves on the board of SDIL.  Dr. Corbin’s topic, Expanding the Acronym, focused on what STEM problem-based learning (PBL) can look like in North Dakota.

The presentation spoke directly to how STEM and PBL can better prepare students for 21st century careers by blending STEM skills to incorporate multiple disciplines. In fact, according to Corbin, transdisciplinary problem-based learning (TPBL) involves using knowledge in geography, social studies, industrial arts, economics, English language arts as well as traditional STEM studies to solve problems.

To view Dr. Corbin’s slide presentation click here.

My voice: Support developing science standards

Jill WeimerTwo My Voice writers encourage people to read the proposed K-12 math and science standards. Being able to solve problems, think critically and work collaboratively all are essential skills for success in today’s marketplace. As life science professionals, we recognize the vast array of careers available in science and health care, and we are all too familiar with an ever-growing demand for qualified individuals in our state to fill these positions.

At Sanford Research, we have the opportunity of working with statisticians, computer analysts, epidemiologists and scientists of all types with varied backgrounds, all of whom have mastered the problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration skills mentioned above. But our organization also employs a number of non-scientist staff, such as grant writers, financial experts, marketers and legal staff who also are required to use these same skills in their jobs every day. So why wouldn’t we expect our children to learn these skills as a part of their K-12 education?