Start coding today with Scratch We have been long time Scratch enthusiasts, so I was thrilled when I heard that No Starch Press had put together a set of 10 Scratch coding activities. In full disclosure, they were kind enough to send me a set to review, but all opinions expressed are my own. Please […]
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 […]
Are You Ready for Next Year’s STEM Class? As the school year winds down, you are probably not ready to start thinking ahead to the start of next school year. You can make your transition back to school in the fall much smoother, though, by preparing now for next year’s STEM class. You’ll be glad […]
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 […]
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 […]
It is National Engineers Week! STEM Activities for Kids has something new to share with you each day this week. Be sure to check back each day for more ways engage your students in engineering. Get Started with Engineering Are you ready for Engineers Week? We are so excited to bring you 7 days in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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