Happy STEM New Year!

Resolutions.  It’s a great time for them.  Even though they get a bad rap since they are seldom followed through, the beginning of a new year is an opportunity to reflect on past successes and failures and to begin plotting new ideas to build on the successes and make the failures worthy sacrifices.  One success […]

KVEC Hour of Code 2017

It almost looked like spring as blue shirts bloomed across the KVEC region December 4-10th for the Hour of Code.  Teachers who signed up their class to participate were awarded a blue KVEC Hour of Code shirt to wear as they did coding activities with their students.  The region ended up with 180 teachers participating, […]

The Eclipse is Coming!!

The eclipse is coming!  Kentucky has been excited by the prospect of being in the path of totality for the 2017 solar eclipse for a while now.  We are even counting down and it is only a few weeks until August 21st at about 2:30 pm!  Unfortunately, not all of Kentucky is in the path [...]

Greetings from the STEM Queen!

Welcome to our new STEM Holler! I am super excited about the new look– Steam Punk all the way! Along with the new look, you will have easy access to many more resources for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in your Pre-12 classrooms. Each of the tabs in the STEM gears will open tons […]

Through Course Task Planning in High School

This video shows how some high school science teachers work through planning for the through course task Coral Bleaching.  It shows their work through the “Planning for Implementation” phase of the task facilitation and their thinking through the misconceptions and roadblocks students might have as they complete the task.  The teachers also plan some responses […]

Engineering Week Challenge for K-12 Learners in East Kentucky

Engineers Week, developed by Discover Engineering, is a time to: Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents At Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), we want to commemorate the week and help students learn about engineers and […]

Outbreak Alert! Engineering a Pandemic Response

Last April, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) launched the Mobile Inquiry Learning Lab (MILL) to provide resources to teachers in the region for engaging students in inquiry based learning experiences. The MILL is a 24 foot long multi-purpose learning space that can travel throughout the region. The exterior of the MILL has a “skin” consisting of photographs of […]

Mobile Inquiry Learning Lab (MILL): All-In-One

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is preparing to launch the Mobile Inquiry Learning Lab (MILL) to provide resources to teachers in the region for engaging students in inquiry based learning experiences. The MILL is a 24 foot long multi-purpose learning space that will travel throughout the region. The exterior of the MILL will have a “skin” […]

Learning Math & More With Pro-Bots

Jeremy Hall, 5th grade teacher at LBJ Elementary in Breathitt County, wrote an ARI Innovation grant for an interesting device called a Pro-Bot.  He is using the Probots to help his students and all of the other 5th grade students in the school learn mathematics.  The students are excited to program the robots and forget […]