COVID-19 CTE/STEM Resources
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our manufacturers are offering free/inexpensive online resources to help CTE and STEM teachers continue to teach. We'll be updating this page regularly so keep checking back!
While we encourage you to review all the offers, we've attempted to break them down into two basic categories:
Schools are challenged with finding ways to convert their class activity into online lessons and how to train teachers to do so, to ensure the continuation of education.
Recognizing the enormous impact this situation has on a school community, Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online Virtual Robotics and Coding courses for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.
Students and teachers at primary schools, middle schools and high schools are invited to program their own virtual robots through CoderZ platform.
Amazon Future Engineer will continue to closely monitor the needs of students and teachers going forward.
Amazon Future Engineer increases access to computer science from childhood to career for underrepresented or underserved students.
Learn more about Amazon Future Engineer.
If you are new to Makey Makey and want to get familiarized with the invention kit, head on over to the " Intro to Makey Makey Class."
If you've used Makey Makey for awhile, but want to learn about output, remapping, and the back of the board, check out the " Advanced Makey Makey Class."
Join Tom and Colleen as they show a first time use of Makey Makey, a little history of synthesizers, and share a super cool synthesizer app by Eric Rosenbaum (one of the inventors of Makey Makey!).
Useful Content for Online Learning
The REC Foundation is here to support all students and educators looking to stay engaged in STEM at home. These recommended STEM resources offer a way for parents, coaches, teachers, and students to easily access useful content for online learning.
Learn Computer Science at home without a robot.
VEXcode VR lets you code a virtual robot using a block based coding environment powered by Scratch Blocks. VEXcode VR is based on VEXcode, the same programming environment used for VEX 123, GO, IQ and V5 robots. We all know that robots make Computer Science (CS) come to life with real world applications. Now STEM learning can continue while at home for students, teachers and mentors with no access to their VEX robots.
VEX Robotics and VEXcode are providing opportunities for students of all ages to participate in learning the code that makes these robots work. VEX makes computer science and STEM come to life through collaborations, hands-on projects, and engaging experiences. From classrooms to competitions, VEXcode helps to create the next generation of innovators.
No software installations required. VEXcode VR works in all major desktop and tablet browsers.
Hampden has worked with their partner HVAC Excellence, who has opened up their webinar section to HVAC instructors who need online help with teaching remotely.
As we all adjust to the inconveniences and disruptions caused by COVID-19, many of us are finding ourselves working from home or spending more time on our computers and devices. And many of you, our customers, are in the same situation. Through Mastercam, we would like to offer you a chance to sharpen your skills.
Mastercam will be opening up portions of Mastercam University for free until the end of July. They are going to offer a core set of classes that should help new and experienced users build a more solid foundation for using Mastercam.
The courses they will open up are:
Mastercam 2020 - 2D Mill
Mastercam 2020 – Lathe
Mastercam 2020 - 3D Mill
Mastercam 2019 - 2D Mill
Mastercam 2019 – Lathe
Mastercam 2019 - 3D Mill
Mastercam 2017 - Mastercam Essentials (includes Dynamic Motion)
STEM: Principles of Machining
They do not intend to include all the available classes. For example, multi-axis, Mill-Turn, and the maintenance-only webinars will not be included.
OpenBook™ E-Learning Modules
OpenBook™ is a software application or Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess learning processes. OpenBook™ provides Welding instructors with an easy tool to assign and deliver welding content, create quizzes, download welding labs, monitor student participation, assess and report student progress and performance. Learn more about OpenBook™. If you have questions about OpenBook™ please visit our help series of videos on YouTube.
Welding Training Materials
Explore welding training materials which help to improve welding skills or teach new welders. Access welding calculators, educational DVDs, and guides for online welding. View all of the materials here.