Category Archives: K-12

The Orbital Mechanic – NGSS Aligned Version for Grades 6-8


For teachers of K6-8. Science and Engineering Practices in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In The Orbital Mechanic, a solar flare knocks a space probe off course endangering a costly mission. A simple solution comes just in time from … Continue reading

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The Orbital Mechanic in STEM Magazine


I am pleased that one of my stories, “The Orbital Mechanic” was published in STEM Magazine and will be available to a large educator audience. The story is in two parts: May and June Issues http://www.stemmagazine.com/514513revised.pdf http://www.stemmagazine.com/STEMJune14.pdf  

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Teaching Middle School with a High Altitude Balloon


Here is a great story about educators and students learning math and science using a real application. Enjoy. http://vimeo.com/99546498?from=outro-embed  

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Pre-Engineering Program with Awesome Students


“Mr. Hardman, have you ever been to space?” one student asked. “Would it be possible to use an evacuated tube to get to space?” another student asked. “Could the Earth be used for a gravity assist to get to Mars?” … Continue reading

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The Minor in Engineering – Wireless


“Grandpa?” 5 year-old Ben eagerly grabbed me one holiday, while the other kids played soccer. “Yes Ben?” I replied, looking down at the blond bundle of thought. Ben hesitated then found the right words. “How does electricity move without wires?” His mother … Continue reading

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2014 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Kickoff


It was snow and ice on January 4th, 2014 at Hillcrest High School in Utah where I attended my first FIRST kickoff session. It was cold on the outside, but inside the school the bagels were warm and the anticipation … Continue reading

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Weightless – Part 9 (Draft)


“Morris look, I can see I was presumptuous moving forward on this without consulting the team.” “Suppose we combine our ideas?” Ellen suggested. “I haven’t even told you my concept yet,” Morris said. “Let’s hear it then,” Ellen and Mr. … Continue reading

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