It’s the beginning of the school year! What is one thing you do during the first week to establish a sense of community? As a former classroom teacher, I can answer this question in many ways – picture books, morning meetings, get-to-know-you events, and teamwork games were all strategies I used. Now, as a specialist, I […]
6 Simple STEM Activities for Little Learners What do little kids have that big kids often lose? I’m not talking about tiny bladders and inappropriate sharing of stories from home. I’m talking about boundless creativity and imagination! They can often see a castle where you only see five blocks, an airplane where you see two […]
For many teachers it is time for back to school. A time when you prepare your classroom for a new group of learners. You start planning your lessons and creating new ways to inspire your class! We each come back to school with new passion for our positions, new goals set, and along with that […]
Life, especially in the summer, can be full of waiting— waiting for your meal at a restaurant, waiting for your plane at the airport, or just waiting to move on to the next activity. As your kids become restless, seize these opportunities with some impromptu STEM! We have compiled a list of challenges to equip […]
We all want our students to master technology tools and use them to create original works. Digital STEM challenges are designed to allow students to explore digital tools while creating something using the steps of the engineering design process.
A Quick STEM Activity – Design and Create a New Paper Clip Quick STEM Challenges are the perfect way to practice the engineering design practice when you are short on time. These challenges can be completed in one to two class periods or an after school session. I recommend this challenge for kids in grades […]
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 […]
Let’s Start Coding – a GREAT Way to Learn Programming Have your students tried Scratch and Snap Circuits but are ready for something more challenging? There are a lot of STEM kits out there to choose from, but I hope you will consider this one. Let’s Start Coding sent me a basic kit to review […]
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 […]
Do You Need Simple STEM Activities? Read on. I am a huge fan of using inexpensive materials to explore STEM concepts. Paper plate STEM might not sound appealing at first, but it is seriously amazing. Not only can you easily fit several hundred in your tote bag, you don’t need a lot of additional materials […]
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