Matthew Hagaman

Exploratory Art with Affordable Robotic Spheres

Ocean Interactions
Where Oceanography Meets Humanity

Learn about the science tied to a myriad of issues affecting oceans and ocean-bound humans. (Note: we're all bound to the health of the ocean, even if we don't realize it!) The brief text covers ocean composition, ocean ecosystems, ocean resources, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and ocean power. Conceived as a study text for Bradley University's GES 300: Oceanography: The Human Perspective.

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Exploratory Art with Affordable Robotic Spheres

Exploratory Art with Affordable Robotic Spheres
An Annotated Menu of STEAM Projects

Explore 20+ ways to use robotic spheres to make fun, interactive art! Robotic spheres can combine science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to teach art concepts and principles alongside 21st century skills in computer programming. Imagine a robotic sphere as it traverses a sea of simple machines. As the sphere interacts with its environment, paints, pigments, and other materials combine in both intentional and unexpected ways. Presented at the 2018 Illinois Educational Technology Conference.

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Tech Chains

Tech Chains
The Innovations of Tomorrow | The Technologies of Yesterday

Most new innovations are not truly new: they are built upon existing technologies, or they use existing technologies in a new way. This resource is designed for use by students and teachers as they explore science, technology, engineering, and innovation. Presented at the 2018 Western Illinois University Science Update Conference and 2018 Illinois Educational Technology Conference.

Interactive Resource Available at Tech Chains.org

Problem-Solving through 3D Printing & 3D Design

Problem-Solving through 3D Printing & 3D Design
STEAM Curriculum & Project Guide

3D printing can do much more than create action figures – it can actually motivate students to action! Based on successful programming at schools, libraries, and community centers, we will explore a free, flexible curriculum integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Are you ready to integrate prototyping and problem-solving? Presented at the 2016 Illinois Educational Technology Conference and 2017 Western Illinois University Science Update Conference.

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Graphic Design for 21st Century Presentations

Graphic Design for 21st Century Presentations
Integrated Art & Technology Curriculum

With a focus on content, students often create posters and presentations that are ineffective and hard to read. Learn the basics of graphic design, and give students the skills and tools they need to create communicative graphics they can be proud of. Participants leave with a collection of flexible mini-lessons. Presented at the 2015 Illinois Educational Technology Conference and the 2016 Western Illinois University Science Update Conference.

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Training Young Troubleshooters

Training Young Troubleshooters
Computer Hardware, Software, and Troubleshooting Curriculum

Most American homes have at least one computer, but how many know what to do when something goes wrong? Learn about computer parts and their interactions, then leave with a full curriculum teaching students to become their own technical support. Presented at the 2014 Illinois Educational Technology Conference.

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Staging a Science Fair

All the Way to State
Staging a Science Fair

We know that a science fair can be a great experience – it gets students thinking and integrates language, math and science. It provides students with valuable skills for high school and beyond. If you need some pointers, you can walk away from this session with everything you need. Presented at the 2013 Western Illinois University Science Update Conference.

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A Potpourri of Less-Polished Projects

Cell Diagrams
A set of color-coded cell diagrams showing basic similarities and differences between animal, plant, and bacterial cells.
Extreme Science
Encourage students to consider the ethical costs of some science experiments using a series of articles from Wired Magazine.
Hominids Timeline & Information Sheet
Ask students to dig deep into our past using this timeline and information sheet to compare hominids.
Miniature Golf Mapping
Help students apply knowledge of angles to recreation. Extra Solution
Pandemic Data Sheet
Pandemic by Z-man Games is a great board game for simulating epidemics. Students can use this data sheet as part of a larger lesson.
Planet Fact Cards (Student-produced artwork)
Illustration and research were combined for this planetary project.
Poster Book: A Novel Approach to Collaborative Learning
A paper describing a jigsaw-like collaborative learning method which allows individual learner ownership of a class-level big picture story.
State Outline Flashcards
Help students learn the shapes of the states using flashcards.
Story Map Graphic Organizer
A simple story map which encourages students to consider all elements of exposition (background information) and plot.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Unit Plan
A five-day plan surrounding Brian Selznick's hybrid picture book / novel.


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