November 2019: Makerspace Lesson Plan Competition

Deadline: on or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time, Monday, December 2nd.

As teachers, we know that one of the best ways for students to learn is to create! The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to see how you incorporate Makerspace in your math or science classroom! Submit an original, math or science, Makerspace lesson plan for a chance to win. SIX teachers will each receive a mini grant to buy supplies for a classroom makerspace to help inspire more creativity in the classroom!

Prizes K-6:

  • 1st: $1,500 mini-grant to purchase supplies for a classroom makerspace
  • 2nd: $1,000 mini-grant to purchase supplies for a classroom makerspace
  • 3rd: $500 mini-grant to purchase supplies for a classroom makerspace

Prizes 7-12:

  • 1st: $1,500 mini-grant to purchase supplies for a classroom makerspace
  • 2nd: $1,000 mini-grant to purchase supplies for a classroom makerspace
  • 3rd: $500 mini-grant to purchase supplies for a classroom makerspace

Questions?

Please email your questions to stemed@orau.org.

Details:

  • Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan to https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/NovemberMakerspace.aspx by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 2nd.
  • Submissions from previous winners can be viewed here and here.
  • To avoid plagiarism, please a submit lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
  • Lesson plan may focus on any math or science topic, as long as it incorporates the use of makerspace!
  • Lesson plans should include the following:
    • lesson title
    • teacher name and school
    • target grade level
    • time required for lesson
    • standards/objectives
    • materials required
    • instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
    • assessment strategies
    • differentiation strategies
  • Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and winners will be announced mid-December!
  • Mini-grant money can be spent on materials to stock a classroom makerspace, excluding furniture (seating, desks, rugs, etc.).
  • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.
  • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

Note: Lesson plans submitted for the competition may be shared with other educators via the ORISE website. Plans are subject to revision and edits by ORISE staff before they are shared, so please submit in an editable format (Not PDF).

To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

Previous K-12 STEM Competitions

  • September 2019: Eureka! Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Competition

    EUREKA! As teachers, we know that one of the best ways for students to learn is to discover it themselves. ORISE wanted to see how teachers incorporate inquiry based learning in their math or science classroom!

    1. “Water Movement” by Linda Lohner, 10th grade teacher at Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, PA
    2. “Ocean Acidification” by Eleanor Williamson, 9th grade teacher at Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction in Yonkers, NY
    3. “The Martial Arts and Science of Rotational Inertia” by Jose Rivas, 11-12th grade teacher at Lennox Math, Science and Technology Academy in Lennox, CA

     

  • August 2019: Social Media Contest

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    Teachers! Summer social media contests are still in session! Throughout the month of August, we want to know how has inquiry based learning benefited your students? Or if it is new to you, how do you imagine inquiry based learning benefiting your students? To enter the contest, comment your answer on the Facebook post and fill out the form below!

    Prizes:

    FIVE randomly selected teachers will receive a 3-D Printer!

    Details:

    • The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 31, 2019.
    • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.
    • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

    If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

    To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

  • July 2019: Social Media Contest

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    Teachers! Are you ready for more prizes? Throughout the month of July, we want to know what does/can inquiry based learning look like in YOUR classroom that may be different from another classroom! 

    Winners:

    Stephanie Austin, Pontotoc, Mississippi, South Pontotoc Elementary.

    Brittany Weeks, Lilburn, Georgia, Trickum Middle School.

    Vanessa Wentzloff, Auburn Hills, Michigan,  Avondale High School.

    Details:

    • The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
    • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.
    • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

    If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

    To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

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    Teachers! School may be out, but summer social media contests are just beginning! Throughout the month of June, we want to know what does inquiry based learning look like in science and math classrooms!

    Congrats to our June Social Media Contest winners Stephanie Schlimgen, Crystal Bigham, and Wendy Smith!

    To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

  • ORISE participated in the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) National Conference. To enter, teachers submitted their best STEM lesson plan. 

    Winners:

    1st Place: Lydia Tate, Bolivar Middle School, Bolivar, MO
    Lesson Plan: The Power of Waves

    2nd Place: Alicia Miller, Lewiston Elementary School, Evans, GA
    Lesson Plan: Fossil Recovery Team

    3rd Place: Tammy Guthrie, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale, AR
    Lesson Plan: What can I do as a student to make a positive impact on the environment?

  • For May, ORISE wanted to see your best science or math review game. The activity covered the materials with which you are preparing your students for end of year assessments. 

    1st Place Winner: Linda Bugg, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, Chattanooga, TN 
    Lesson Plan: Escape Room Science Review

    2nd Place Winner: Kim Nickell, Midway Middle School, Kingston, TN
    Lesson Plan: Buzzword Review Game

    3rd Place Winner: Katherine Kirby, John Early Middle School, Nashville, TN
    Lesson Plan: Clue-ology

    If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

    To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html
  • DEAR logoIn honor of Drop Everything and Read April 12 th, ORISE asked to see teachers most engaging and hands on lesson plan that integrates science and literacy! 

    Winner: Greta Shipman, Green Acres Elementary, Smyrna, GA
    Lesson Plan: Seeds All Around Us

    Runner-up: Rachel Cahill, Penn-Mont Academy, Hollidaysburg, PA
    Lesson Plan: Can You Help Me?

    Judges’ Choice: Kellene Colin, Kay Carl Elementary, Las Vegas, NV
    Lesson Plan: Rapunzel Needs Your Help!

     

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    In March, ORISE four teachers to ISTE! These teachers submitted two lesson plans, one in each of their content areas. 

    Congratulations to the winners:

    • 1 st Place Winners: Michael Buerstner and Peter Lauzon, Irmo, SC

      Lesson Plans: Point and Non-Point Water Pollution and Freshwater Environment Assessment

    • 2 nd Place Winners: Barbara Dunham and Mildred Henderson, Birmingham, AL

      Lesson Plans: Anemometers on the Move and Incredible Matter

     

  • ORISE is sending four teachers to the National Science Teachers Association Conference or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference!

    Congratulations to the winners:

    • 1 st place: Charles Canestaro, Cortland Senior High School, Cortland, NY
      Lesson Plan: Europa Rover Landing System Project
    • 2 nd place: Alicia Miller, Lewiston Elementary School, Evans, GA
      Lesson Plan: Sand Sleuths
    • 3 rd place tie: Julie Pepperman, Heritage Middle School, Maryville, TN
      Lesson Plan: Surviving Extinction
    • 3 rd place tie: Sarah Jackson, Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle School, Lenoir City, TN
      Lesson Plan: Roller Coaster Math
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    The December Teacher contest will be a social media contest to win one of six 3D printers. Be sure to follow Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education on Facebook and @ORISEconnect on Twitter see how to enter. The contest launches on December 8th!

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    Classroom Makerspace Lesson Plan Competition

    In October, teachers shared a lesson plan incorporating the use of a makerspace into their content area class. First place winners in each category were awarded a Makerspace Easy Pack, an Invention Easy Pack, and a Tool Kit Easy Pack. Second place winners in each grade band were awarded a Makerspace Easy Pack, and second place winners in each grade band were awarded a Makerspace Basic Supply Easy Pack! See the full list of winners below:

    Winners Grades K-6:

    1st place: Cheryl Burchett, Beaumont Elementary School, Knoxville, TN
    Lesson Plan: Iggy Peck Bridge Design and Build Challenge

    2nd place: Rebecca Van Duker, Griffin Creek Elementary School, Medford, OR
    Lesson Plan: 3,2,1 Natural Disaster

    3rd place: Kelly Carey, A.Z. Kelley Elementary School, Antioch, TN
    Lesson Plan: Diving into Makerspace (with Sharks!)

    Winners Grades 7-8:

    1st place: Donna Widner, Oliver Springs Middle School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson plan: The Cell Membrane: The Gatekeeper of the Cell

    2nd place: Amy Haney, Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson Plan: MakerSpace: Developing Franken Toys

    3rd place: Sonya Hatfield, Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson Plan: Wind Turbines

     

  • drone on! logo

    In September, teachers shared with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education their best hands-on STEM lesson plans for the opportunity to win drones for their classrooms. Frist place awarded a  set of Parrot mini-drones and accessories. Second- and third-place winners received one Parrot mini-drone. In all, there were entries from teachers in 10 different states and Japan. See the full list of winners below:

    Prizes:

    Grades 7-9

    Grades 10-12

  • kids can compute logo

    In August, teachers shared how they were using Raspberry Pi for a STEM lesson. Winners will be announce mid-September and will receive a Pi-Top modular computers for their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Amanda Callahan-Mims, Spring Hill Elementary School, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Gary Cipinko, King Arts Academy, Evanston, Illinois

  • 3D learning logo

    In this contest, teachers had the opportunity to submit a lesson plan that integrates 3D printing into their classroom. Congratulations to our winners!

    Prizes:

    Grand Prize:  Lauren Wilmoth, Biology, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge TN

    View Lesson Plan: Ozobot Meets 3-D Printing (Art Challenge grade 6-9)

    2nd Place:  Allison Pattion, Pre-K, Dunbar Elementary, Memphis TN

    View Lesson Plan: How Do Shapes Make Pictures?

    3rd Place:  Andrea Grossart, Biology, Addison Trail High School, Addison IL

    View Lesson Plan: Bio-engineering for a Cure!

    Judge’s Choice:  Holly Randa, Grade 6-8, Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy, Whites Creek TN

    View Lesson Plan: 3D Printed Egyptian Alphabet Stamps & Clay Cartouche

  • Fun with the Sun logo

    In May, teachers were invited to submit a lesson plan that related to solar energy! Congratulations to our winners!

    K-6 th Grade Category:

    • First place: Jessica Everitt, 4th grade, Hardin Valley Elementary School
    • Second place: Sally Suttle, 1st grade, Grand Oaks School
    • Third place: Kelli Harvey, 4th grade, Petros-Joyner Elementary School

    7-12 th Grade Category:

    • First place: Lesley Brinkmann, Physical Science, Northeast High School
    • Second place: Jane Lyengar, Business & Information Technology, Mount Vernon High School
    • Third place: Stephanie Sluss, Chemistry, Oliver Springs High School
  • In April, teachers shared how they put the “M” in STEM by submitting STEM lesson plans that explicitly address mathematics standards.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Elementary School Category

    • First place:  Jennie Wright, 4th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Nancy Holloway, K-5, Kingston Elementary School
    • Third place:  Jessica Chambers, 2nd grade, Pi Beta Phi Elementary School

    Middle School Category

    • First place: Sarah Hampton, 8th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Donna Budynas, 6th grade, Hutchison School
    • Third place:  Charles Canestaro, 8th grade, Cortland Junior-Senior High School
  • In January,  we asked teachers how they are planning to integrate Olympic-themed math or science lessons into their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our latest winners!

    Science Category

    Mathematics Category

  • In October, our extreme weather lesson plan competition asked educators to tell ORISE how they are integrating current extreme weather events into classroom lessons.

    Congratulations to our grade-band winners!

    Amy Kennedy, third grade, Glenwood Elementary School
    View lesson plan: Saving Our Community from Rising Water

    Donna Widner, seventh grade, Oliver Springs Middle School
    View lesson plan: Weather Alert! Did We Do That?

    Christi Ridley, environmental science/biology, Seymour High School
    View lesson plan: Extreme Weather: Hurricanes

  • Our very first lesson plan competition asked educators to submit an original STEM lesson covering a topic of their choice. These lesson plans can be found on the Curriculum for the Classroom page.

    Congratulations to our winners!