How can you make STEM a part of your daily or weekly classroom routine? With all of the challenges facing teachers today, your plate is probably already pretty full. However, these strategies can help you conquer your fears! Strategy 1: Organizing Your Supplies Depending upon the STEM lesson I am teaching, I set up my […]
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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