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 […]
There are a multitude of different types of engineers—from Aerospace Engineers to Zoo Engineers (yes, that is a real thing!), engineering is a broad term for specialized people that have one major thing in common: the Engineering Design Process. The Engineering Design Process (EDP) is a step-by-step method of solving a problem by creating something […]
If you are looking for some simple but fun Valentine STEM activities to try in your classroom or with your kids at home, I’ve got some great ideas for you. But first, let me share my opinion on conversation hearts. Thanks Grumpy Cat. I really do not like them. My kids disagree, but I think […]
Looking for an amazing and complete integrated engineering program for your school? Want units with literature, math, science, cultural connections, characters with diverse backgrounds, and fascinating activities for a wide range of abilities that have been tested all over the country? We know just where to send you! Engineering is Elementary at Boston’s Museum […]
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 […]
When you pass out base ten blocks or linking cubes to Kindergartners for the very first time, what do you expect that they might do? Chances are, it is inevitable that they will immediately begin building towers, structures, and patterns without being prompted. In fact, it is a “common ground rule” that early childhood teachers must ALWAYS give […]
Wooden Plank STEM Challenges We just LOVE our MindWare KEVA planks and have been having a lot of fun building with them lately. Not only are they a blast to play with, they are an excellent STEM learning tool. Here are a few wooden plank STEM challenges you can do at home or in the […]
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 […]
LEGOs are one of my favorite STEM toys of all time (except if I happen to step on one, then cover your ears to avoid whatever may come out of my mouth). is Hopefully you have a bin of mixed LEGOs handy. If not, try to get them secondhand and wash them in soapy water […]
How do you build community in your classroom? Have you tackled STEM Challenges yet? How do you prepare your students for the fabulous collaboration that can occur when they work in groups to solve a STEM problem? Stay tuned and I will give you a great idea!
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