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 […]
Are you gearing up for holiday shopping? Here is my list for the top 5 STEM gifts for kids this season: Laser Maze We have always loved Thinkwell games and logic puzzles at home. They are great for individual learning, and can be worked through at each child’s individual pace. It looks like there […]
Last week in STEM class, we built towers with index cards. When I first showed the kids that we would be using just index cards and tape, I held up a floppy index card and a can of beans and asked them if they thought index cards were strong enough to hold the can. Most […]
Happy November, friends! Over the past two weeks, my students and I packed in as much Halloween FUN as possible! We completed two different Spooky STEM challenges and I’m so excited to share them with you! My second graders constructed what might be my all time favorite STEM challenge to date, PUMPKIN CATAPULTS! Students were challenged to […]
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 […]
Yesterday in STEM class we attacked a challenge that kept all of the students engaged, so I am excited to share the details with you! Initially the challenge is to make a sled slide down a slope, or ramp, as quickly as possible. First, the students chose a material for their sled (we had coffee […]
Do you have a STEM station in your classroom or homeschool? If you aren’t sure how to facilitate STEM / STEAM learning, fear not! It may sound intimidating but it is truly intuitive to kids especially at the primary level where their little minds are bursting with imagination and creativity. By setting up a ready-to-go […]
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