We are heading into the last quarter of school. Time and time again, we see articles that stress the need for play in school, however we are also at the point in the year where we are testing our students and trying to make sure our goals are met. We see our “littles” struggling to […]
LEGO Domino Chain Reaction If you are studying force and motion, a domino chain reaction is a great activity to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy. First, build a small and very large domino out of LEGO® bricks or other building blocks. You may want to do this ahead of time. Then ask your students if […]
It’s Engineers week! STEM in our classrooms is a powerful way to help students learn how to think critically and learn to problem solve…two important life skills that will only help them as they get older. Allowing even the youngest learner to engage in hands on learning through STEM will help them cope with the […]
There are a multitude of different types of engineers—from Aerospace Engineers to Zoo Engineers (yes, that is a real thing!), engineering is a broad term for specialized people that have one major thing in common: the Engineering Design Process. The Engineering Design Process (EDP) is a step-by-step method of solving a problem by creating something […]
Need some quick and easy STEM challenges for your classroom? Tower challenges are great go-to STEM activities that promote problem solving, teamwork, and communication. You can create these challenges out of almost anything: index cards, playing cards, blocks, newspaper, or plastics cups. Here are two fun tower challenges that my middle school students love! Balloon Tower Challenge […]
Wooden Plank STEM Challenges We just LOVE our MindWare KEVA planks and have been having a lot of fun building with them lately. Not only are they a blast to play with, they are an excellent STEM learning tool. Here are a few wooden plank STEM challenges you can do at home or in the […]
LEGOs are one of my favorite STEM toys of all time (except if I happen to step on one, then cover your ears to avoid whatever may come out of my mouth). is Hopefully you have a bin of mixed LEGOs handy. If not, try to get them secondhand and wash them in soapy water […]
Happy November, friends! Over the past two weeks, my students and I packed in as much Halloween FUN as possible! We completed two different Spooky STEM challenges and I’m so excited to share them with you! My second graders constructed what might be my all time favorite STEM challenge to date, PUMPKIN CATAPULTS! Students were challenged to […]
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