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!
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 […]
Programming for Kids – Hour of Code The Hour of Code is December 7, 2015! From the Hour of Code website: The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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