Learn Safe at Home:
MindFuel Resources

Are you looking for engaging learning activities that can be done at home? Do you need education materials and support during times of school closure and physical distancing?

If so, we are ready to help!

MindFuel’s many different types of resources are now available for free. You’ll find games, webinars and all kinds of activities that leverage STEM topics that will keep kids busy during school closure.

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Codingville Game Features

In this on-boarding video of the game-based coding platform Codingville.ca you will explore the features of the coding learning journey, and find out how the student will learn to code through the game atmosphere.

geekStarter Program Impact

MindFuel’s geekStarter program encourages youth to be engaged citizens who think critically about problems present in their community and are inspired to take action and make effective change, using both technical knowledge (STEM) and understanding of social challenges.

Codingville Onboarding

In this on-boarding video teachers learn about the many features Codingville.ca has to offer on it’s game-based coding platform. Learn how to set up your classroom, track student progress, and assign coding learning journeys. Get coding today!

Real-World STEM Mentorship

In this webinar, education consultant Hyacinth Schaeffer highlights the importance of collaboration and mentorship between scientists and educators. The presentation focuses on ways to bring the real world of STEM to the classroom using tools such as adapted primary literature and other innovative methods that broaden how mentorship is defined and utilized.

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Codingville is a game-based learning platform for introducing the foundational skills and logic around coding. Featuring three unique journeys appropriate for grades K-3, 4-6, and 7+ that give youth the opportunity to learn and apply coding concepts in both block and text based languages. Each journey has a final project in which youth can build a game or app using their new understanding of coding.

Codingville

Codingville allows students to progressively build their coding skills from block based coding to text languages like JavaScript at their own speed.

Webinar

The focus of this webinar is on utilizing computational thinking to develop the skills needed for coding.

Activity

In this activity youth will explore conditionals in coding by observing their decision making.

Our large collection of STEM education activities can be searched in different ways, including by topic and grade level. We offer a wide variety of resources, such as games, videos, stories, experiments, and lesson plans tied to curriculum.

Games

Buoyancy and Boats

Try out some underwater target practice as you see what's a sinker or floater when it comes to everyday objects. This game explores the principles of buoyancy and density as you test how quickly items sink or float in the water.

All About DNA

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules are the chemical building blocks that contain the biological instructions that make up each species. Here's your chance to learn a little more about DNA. This word search explains nucleotides and the structure of DNA.

Resistance: An Electrifying Adventure

Join the team of Conductors as they get Current City’s generators, transmission lines, circuits and power usage back on track. But there isn’t much time! Rock star Amps Volta is playing in Current City tonight, and the electricity required to run the concert may not be available!

Videos

Can machines learn?

The future is here! In this animated video, Lou and Mazzy explore the basics behind machine learning as they investigate a “machine learning closet”. It's the science behind how computers can use data to solve problems!

Working with nanotechnology

Ever wonder what nanotechnology really means? In this video, learn about the different types of nanotechnology and its definition, history and future through some cool nanotechnology projects happening in the real world.

Do you know what carbon capture and storage is

This animated video is the second in a two-part series on how to capture carbon dioxide and carbon capture and storage. In this video, we examine how carbon dioxide can be captured and stored and what that means. If you missed Part 1, check out "What is Carbon dioxide?"

Stories

Buried in data

Marty is having a hard time sorting through his comic book collection. This comic shows how a database can help us get organized and find information faster. Perhaps it can help Marty…

It’s all part of the land plan

What is a land plan? In this comic, Marty and Jessie learn about sustainable ecosystems and the relationship between humans and ecosystems. Find out how to plan for the future!

Quantum quest - a well deserved day off

Discover the versatility of oil and its refinement into different chemicals. You'll be amazed at all of the things made from petroleum; just read this fun Quantum story.

Our resources for project-based learning involve design thinking and lean start-up principles and are focused on STEM. If you are interested in learning by doing and trying to make an impact at the same time, these tools are for you.

Toolkit

Whether you're new to Design Thinking or looking for some methods to add to your toolkit, you're in the right place!

Activity

In this exercise, you will simulate the beginnings of your own startup and practice how to think like an entrepreneur.

Activity

These social impact case studies will invite youth to look at the case study from different perspectives.

Our large collection of STEM education activities can be searched in different ways, including by topic and grade level. We offer a wide variety of resources, such as games, videos, stories, experiments, and lesson plans tied to curriculum. Our experiments and activities are family-friendly and can be easily done at home.

Experiment

Bouncing Ball Polymer - Have you ever heard of Gak? Take this hands-on activity to the next level and make your own bouncy balls so you can learn a little something about polymers.

Experiment

Hearing & Sound - Using just one of your ears, try to figure out where a sound is coming from in this hearing test experiment. Then use both of your ears. This experiment will show you why it’s better to hear with two ears.

Experiment

Float like a boat - Have you ever wondered why some boats continue to float even when they’re carrying heavy loads? This experiment teaches us all about buoyancy and what we have to consider to determine whether or not a boat will float.

Our large collection of STEM education activities can be searched in different ways, including by topic and grade level. We offer a wide variety of resources, such as games, videos, stories, experiments, and lesson plans tied to curriculum. Our resources include professional learning webinars and other tools that support STEM teaching and learning.

Quick Tips

Learn about connecting curriculum concepts and skills to real-life, its benefits, and how to support students learning by doing and experiencing STEM directly.

Webinar

In this webinar, you will learn about introductory coding concepts such as sequences, loops, conditionals, variables, and functions.

Quick Tips

Learn about each stage of the iterative design thinking process through real classroom examples and how it can reinforce positive skills in the classroom.

Community Resources

from Amino Labs: Virtual Bioengineer Simulations

Amino Labs has three virtual bioengineer simulators so students can learn and practice genetic engineering skills while discovering the answers to the most common biology, biotechnology and genetic engineering questions. Virtual Bioengineer Simulators take students through different genetic engineering journeys: Discover DNA, Discover Bio-art and Discover genetic engineering

from Edutopia: Teaching Through A Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment

Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.

Tips for the Desktop Warrior

No matter what environment we work in, we all encounter different types of stress. Some we can control, some may be unavoidable. In this resource, Dr. Karen Quinn, Chiropractor & Yoga Instructor, brings awareness to those things we can modify to offset the incoming stress as much as possible.

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