Problem Solving Fun for Kids with the Busy Water App Do you have a student or a child at home who could benefit from a little more perseverance? I think we all know someone who could. Busy Water is an app that teaches problem solving, physics, and grit, all while having a blast. I had […]
Happy Earth Day! Teaching kids awareness of human impact on the environment and inspiring them to be a part of the solution is vital to our future on this planet. For this reason, we conducted a fun, hands-on activity that simulates an oil spill and challenges kids of all ages to clean up the simulated […]
Gearing up for a STEM event this spring? Once the testing season is over, a fun family festival that emphasizes hands-on STEM activities is a wonderful way to end the year. Having special Family STEM nights or an engineering day has become increasingly more popular across the country. These events are not only entertaining […]
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 […]
Thinkers Who Tinker Women Engineers and Inventors Invention is all about identifying and solving problems. It is about taking risks, persevering and pushing forward with a concept. Through the ages, women engineers and inventors have contributed to the wealth of innovative ideas that have helped to better our lives. Unfortunately these inspiring women’s contributions have […]
Videos are an amazing tool for STEM education. Kids can learn from a biomedical engineer designing a drug-delivery method, tour a candy manufacturing facility using autonomous robots, or explore how astronauts live aboard the International Space Station. In my after school engineering program, I use videos as a “hook” for introducing a STEM challenge. For example, when completing a catapult challenge, I […]
Genetics in the elementary classroom! Really! This is a brand new topic for me. It all started with a blog post by my friend Amber at SSSTeaching. Her post caught my eye and as I was looking over the colorful monsters her students created I started thinking about doing this with my students. Hmmmm, could I pull this off […]
Preschoolers and kinders make great scientists because they ask a TON of questions. STEM activities are a great way to feed on their natural curiosity. If you are looking for a simple STEM activity for even your youngest scientist, try this! First, you need die cut letters. I found these at Dollar Tree. You can […]
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