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 […]
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 […]
Building towers and other structures is always a great STEM activity. You encounter different challenges depending on the building material you use. Some of our favorites are LEGOs, playing cards, uncooked spaghetti with marshmallows, and paper cups. We recently tried out twisting balloons as a tower material, and it was quite an interesting experience! This […]
We have been playing with SumoPaint quite a bit recently, and the symmetry tool in particular has sparked a lot of creativity and fun. This is an easy STEAM project that even your youngest students can enjoy. The best part is that you don’t even need to download or install any software! I have tested […]
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