The STEM Resource Center (SRC) maintains a library of materials appropriate for every grade level and STEM content area, including lesson plans, books and articles for professional development, and a wealth of hands-on and demonstration materials such as discrepant events, models, and Vernier equipment. These items can be borrowed at no cost and consumables can be purchased at cost. There is a lab available to work on small research projects, “test-drive” curriculum activities and prepare materials for outreach programs. The Center also maintains a flexible classroom, designed for both traditional lectures and hands-on inquiry learning. This space can be used to test new instructional techniques and to serve as an educational research classroom.
The Resource Center is open to the public. We are now in our new location in Science Building East Room 1276. Staff consultation are available by appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. We are also happy to make appointments to accommodate teacher schedules. Please call for more information or appointments at 618-650-3065. Click the link below to visit our inventory webpage. Through this site, you can look at the various items from the Resource Center and reserve items for pickup. This website is still being updated, so please visit the resource center for full inventory.
If you have checked out a Vernier LabQuest and would like to learn more about how to use it, check out the tutorials here:
STEM Item of the Week!
This week’s Item of the Week is the Bubble Speed Tube Set! The set includes three 22-inch long clear plastic tubes containing colored fluids with three different viscosities. Each tube contains a bubble that rises at a constant rate, depending on the fluid and its viscosity. These are a great way to teach students about viscosity! You can check out the Bubble Speed Tube Set at siuestemcenter.myturn.com.
Past Items of the Week
The STEM Center has a ton of great resources to help you teach STEM and we are adding more items to our Resource Center. This week, we are featuring one of our new items: Write On Globes! You can write on these globes with a dry erase maker, which will easily wipe off with a soft cloth. The Write On Globes include an outline of all the continents and lines of latitude and longitude. These globes are a great way to help students learn concepts in geography, geology, climate science, and history. We currently have 6 globes available for lending. If you would like to check these out for your classroom or teaching activity, contact us or stop by the Resource Center.
This week we are featuring cubelets! Cubelets are a fast, easy, and hands-on way to introduce students to programming. Each block has a specific function, and by putting the blocks together, you can create a fully functional robot. By choosing different blocks and combining them in different orders, you alter the robot and its function. The number of combinations and robots you can build are nearly endless! Cubelets are a great way to introduce elementary age students to programming and robotics, while engaging students in computational thinking. Cubelets are advanced enough to challenge high school students, too! The robot in this image senses how close an object is and moves in response to that object. It also senses the brightness of a room and increases the intensity of its flashlight block in response.
February 13th was National Radio Day, so this week’s item of the week deals with waves and frequency! At the STEM Center we have tuning forks of different sizes. Each tuning fork has a different frequency (number on the fork) and produces a different sound when struck. Tuning forks are great for physics educators to teach waves, frequency, pitch, and the physics that goes behind sound. You can even use the given frequency on the forks to calculate the wavelength being produced (v=F𝝺)!
This week’s Item of the Week is electronic balances! These balances are great for measuring the mass of reactants or products in a lab and are especially useful for chemistry educators. But, balances can come in handy in any lab where you need an accurate mass of a substance.
This week’s Item of the Week is KIBOs! KIBOs are a great way to introduce students as young as 4 to the basics of coding. You simply put the code together with blocks, scan it, and then your KIBO will follow the code! This week STEM Center faculty and staff will be showcasing KIBOs at the Vivian Adams STEAM night to introduce children to coding and introduce educators to some of the great resources we have at the STEM Center.
This week’s Item of the Week is the card game, Thirst for Power. This card came is for ages 12+ and can have 2-5 players per set. Thirst for Power is a realistic resource management game where each player becomes the governor of their region. Each player must meet their region’s needs without exceeding their environmental impact. This is a great tool for educators in an environmental science class or even a social studies/global problems class!
This week’s Item of the Week is our rock & mineral sets we have at the STEM center! These kits have 30 different rocks & minerals that students can make observations about and test the hardness of. These kits are great tools for earth science educators and could be used at the elementary level as well!
This week’s Item of the Week is Pandemic, a cooperative board game for students aged 8 and older. In this game, players work together to fight the spread of a disease across the world! Each player has a different role with special abilities to help the team. This game would be a great addition in a biology course studying infectious diseases or even a history course studying plagues.
Student worker Hannah is showing off this week’s Item of the Week, Dip Nets! Dip Nets are great tools that can be used to collect macroinvertebrates & small fish. This Saturday (4/13) is Citizen Science Day and these nets are just one of many items we have at the STEM center that would be great for a Citizen Science Project!
In honor of Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, this week’s Item of the Week is an item that teachers can use to engage their students in understanding more about the Earth: binoculars. Scientists use binoculars to track and observe birds. Some bird species are great environmental health indicator as these species move according to habitat quality, pollution, biodiversity, and climate change. Come check out a set of binoculars for your class in honor of Earth Day and start exploring the outdoors!
This Week’s Item of the Week is our Biology Coloring Book, and in honor of DNA day today, we chose a page focusing on the double helix structure of DNA. This book has steps to follow for coloring in structures and then gives descriptions of the science behind the subject. Here in the STEM center we have different types of books covering all disciplines in STEM that can be loaned out at any time!
This Week’s Item of the Week showcases one of our new robotics items. Flybrix are kits that allow students to build their own drones and fly them! The builder can follow instructions to build a certain drone, modify a design, or build something completely new. Flybrix are a great way to get students excited about robotics and engineering!
Normal individual vs. Mad Scientist who has lost all capacity to feel or express emotion.
But really, this week’s item of the week is our Human Torso Model! This model provides an in depth look into our head, neck, thorax, and abdomen. It even has removable parts (as you saw with the heart), so you can look behind and into certain organs. This model is great for a biology educator teaching Anatomy/Physiology!
This Magnetic Skull is the perfect tool to teach students, or yourself, about the 22 bones in the human skull. With the use of this skull, students can learn how to identify the individual bones of the skull and their intricate relationships to one another. The skull has built in magnets to help guide the connections of each bones. An additional video is also available online (https://youtu.be/hJHxNkkz898). The varying colors of the bones also help give hints to how the skull is assembled. This is a great tool for students and teachers of osteology, anatomy, or biology.
This week’s item of the week is Robot Turtles, a board game for kids age 4 and up! Parents and children can use Robot Turtles to play together while learning key programming principles. This is a great game for parents or teachers to introduce children to programming and help them develop critical thinking skills.
This week’s item of the week is solar cars! The solar car assembly kit allows students to build a vehicle powered by the sun, which influences how fast the solar car will travel. The car’s performance will also change depending on the time of day or type of light that is being used to power the car. This is a great product for physics students to learn more about solar energy.
This week’s item of the week is our biology golden guides! The STEM Center has golden guides covering the following topics in biology: birds, insects, butterflies and moths, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, weeds, flowers, pond life and seashells. These golden guides help you identify differences between the subjects covered in each book, and more about each specific topic. For example, the bird golden guide tells you what to look for, where and when to look, and how to attract birds to you. You can also learn more about their migration in this guide. These books are great for beginners to learn more about the subjects they are interested in.
The Chinese Spouting Bowl uses sound resonance to spout water out of the bowl. After washing your hands, filling the bowl halfway with water, and dipping your hands into the bowl, you can then rub your hands along the bowl’s handles to create waves. This is a great tool to use to teach students about waves and their interactions. The water then spouts out of the bowl. Watch this video to see the bowl in action: https://youtu.be/0yVEXRM_3xc
Students from Kindergarten through High School can use these lizard-shaped foam tessellation tiles to make designs of varying complexity. Students use their creativity and problem-solving skills to discover the various patterns and shapes the tiles make when connected. Using these tiles is also a good activity to help younger students learn spatial-reasoning and as an introduction to mathematics and patterns.
This week’s Item of the Week is “The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe” by Theodore Gray. This book uses photographs and stories to showcase the 118 elements of the periodic table. Each element has a photograph of the element, as well as examples of how it is used and found in the world. This book is a great tool for chemistry students wishing to learn more about the elements.
This week’s Item of the Week is the SKY-Z PicoTurbine. This wind turbine demonstrates how alternative energy works. Aside from solar power, alternative energy is procured by the movement and rotation of turbines, whether by wind or water. When the turbines are rotated, it moves magnets around a coil of wire, which then creates the electrical current and produces electricity. You can borrow the SKY-Z PicoTurbine to demonstrate this form of alternative energy to your students by following this link: siuestemcenter.myturn.com.
This week’s Item of the Week is the Becker Bottles “One in a Million.” This teaching tool helps students visualize what 100,000, 10,000, 1,000, 100, 10, and 1 parts per million (ppm) looks like. Yellow and red beads, which illustrate 100,000 and 10,000 ppm are easy to find, whereas white, pink, green, and black beads, which illustrate 1,000, 100, 10, and 1 ppm respectively can be very difficult to find. If you are teaching molecular concentration, the Becker Bottles “One in a Million” is a great way to to visually demonstrate this concept to your students, and don’t forget, you can borrow these teaching tools for free at our STEM Resource Center (siuestemcenter.myturn.com).
This week’s Item of the Week is the Topographic Moon Globe. This globe uses color to show the variation of elevations across the moon’s surface. The Topographic Moon Globe also displays many of the moon’s features, labeling nearly 850 landmarks and craters! You can borrow the Topographic Moon Globe to give your students a more interactive tour of Earth’s moon (siuestemcenter.myturn.com).
This week’s Item of the Week is the Tinkertoy Construction Set. Tinkertoys help encourage teamwork and allow students to experiment with engineering, mechanics, and design. The STEM Center also offers engineering curriculum to be checked out in accompaniment to the Tinkertoys. You can check out these items by going to siuestemcenter.myturn.com and asking for curriculum in the notes section.
This week’s Item of the Week is the Digital Infrared Laser Thermometer. By pointing the laser at an object, you are able to measure the surface temperature of that object, within the range of -50℃ to 750℃. This thermometer can be especially useful for measuring surface temperatures below freezing or above boiling point. You can check out the Digital Infrared Laser Thermometer at siuestemcenter.myturn.com.
This week’s Item of the Week is the Tello Drone. By using the Tello App, you can activate the drone’s camera and fly the drone as far as 100 meters away. The drone has a flight time of 13 minutes, and by pairing with the app Tello Edu, students can control the flight of the drone through coding exercises! This makes the drone a great introductory tool for computer science courses or an innovative way to explore updated coding technology. You can check out the Tello Drone at siuestemcenter.myturn.com.
This week’s Item of the Week is the OHAUS Scout SPX Balance. This scale has a digital screen that makes it easy to read, and a stabilization time of one-second. With the different application modes and the ability to weigh in various units, the scale is a good tool for students and teachers in many areas of science. The scale also has overload protection and an impact-resistant pan. If you’re interested in checking out this scale, or other items, check out our inventory at http://siuestemcenter.myturn.com/!
This week’s Item of the Week is the Constant Motion Car. The constant motion cars have a constant and uniform velocity, which makes it perfect for teaching your students how to calculate acceleration! Operated by battery power, the cars will continue in a straight line when on a flat surface for enough time to calculate basic time and distance equations. The cars, as well as other materials to conduct these calculations, are available for checkout at https://siuestemcenter.myturn.com/library/.
This week’s Item of the Week is handheld UV lamps. These handheld UV lamps are lightweight and small enough to fit in a pocket. The connected strap makes it easy to hold and perfect to use in the field. Students who are interested in forensics may find these lamps ideal for checking out crime scene evidence. Like all our items in the STEM Resource Center, you can reserve and check out our UV lamps at https://siuestemcenter.myturn.com/library/