LEGO Domino Chain Reaction If you are studying force and motion, a domino chain reaction is a great activity to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy. First, build a small and very large domino out of LEGO® bricks or other building blocks. You may want to do this ahead of time. Then ask your students if […]
I am positive your classroom is full of little engineers- just like mine. Actually, I think kids are natural engineers! They tinker and build and take things apart and put them back together. They make instant adjustments and improvise fearlessly as they invent! A few years ago when I started my new school adventure with […]
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 […]
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 […]
Trampoline STEM Challenge The other day we took a field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. They have an engineering workshop set up most mornings, which is always a lot of fun. This week the challenge was Extreme Trampolines. They provided trampoline bases, bands to make the structure, and fabric to clip on […]
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 […]
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