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 […]
I find that most students are eager to engage in STEM activities, but if you have students that seem to hang back at this time, these tips may help increase their engagement. 1. Model the activity – have samples handy, or work through the process first showing a possible solution. If you have worked through […]
Guest post by Brittany Washburn Regardless of what type of devices you have, (tablets, PC’s, laptops) your students can now learn basic coding for free! This series will outline some great apps and software programs and ideas for their use within the elementary setting. While I have only attempted to use these with 4th and […]
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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