Do you have a ton of newspapers and in need of some newspaper STEM challenges? Read below for three easy newspaper STEM challenges you can do right away! As a STEM educator, I tend to hoard a lot of materials. Craft sticks, cardboard, paper towel tubes…almost anything can become part of a challenge! My husband recently started ordering […]
The Best STEM Challenge for Primary Grades Improve Student Learning with a STEM Challenge Do you want your students and their families to have fun while learning about the different aspects of S.T.E.A.M? (Yes, we added the “A” for art because one of us is an art teacher!) If you do, then the Sammie STEAM […]
Clouds Spark Imagination The sky is blue. The clouds are puffy and white, floating along without a care in the world. The human brain will start trying to recognize patterns in the clouds, whether it is a fire-breathing dragon or a sea turtle. What an amazing machine we are lucky to possess! Design and Create […]
Spring is in the air, and so is STEM! Students are finally outside again observing their natural world! One of the things that students are most excited about is finding bird nests and looking at bird eggs! Each year students bring in nests that they’ve found on the ground. They also bring in broken […]
An Electrifying Idea! Teach the Engineering…In Order to Teach the Science. Consider the Possibilities! Teach engineering? Sure. No problem. I’ve got ten minutes before lunch while the kids are washing their hands…or I can fit it in while they packing up at the end of the day. Or I can throw in a week […]
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 […]
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 […]
The kids are always excited for the first snow of the year. To gear up for it, we read Snowflake Bentley, which is always a favorite. I also planned some fun winter STEM activities. Snow Crystal Formations It’s so magical to look at the first photos ever taken of snowflakes. If you are looking […]
I am often asked how to get started with STEM in the regular education classroom, and even more often, what supplies are necessary. As a former classroom teacher, I remember well that the ONE thing I dreaded about teaching science was the prep time. Lengthy lists of materials, complicated setup, and an extra trip […]
Maybe you’ve been seeing all of the cool STEM and STEAM engineering projects floating around Pinterest but you are still unsure about whether you want to try them in your class. I have made it super simple for you to dip your toes in to STEM because I created a set of task cards that […]
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