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STEM Activities

Growing a STEM Classroom: Engineering Challenges

I have been working on developing STEM Engineering Challenges for my school! So far, I have over 50 of them created! They are meant to be open-ended exploration activities for STEM programs. These engineering challenges can add depth to a traditional science program as well.

FREE - "I Can" Statement Posters for the NGSS Engineering Standards K-5

Even though I teach in the 3-5 grade range, I have all of these standards posted in my classroom. I printed them off in color and laminated them. As we are

Growing a STEM Classroom: Curious About Clams

We read the book, The Big Wave, by Pearl S. Buck during our weather unit and I never thought it would lead us into a quick mini-unit on clams, but the kids were fascinated by the fact that during some tsunamis the ocean pulls back from the beach and exposes all this sea like, including clams. We researched the clam using the Internet and wrote information about them to start.

Balloon Rocket Zippers

Hi from Aziza's Place. We'd like to share our latest design challenge with you all. *For the Teacher Contest, the learning objectives of this exerci...

Build It: Engineering Books & Resoures for Kids

If you have blocks, legos or anything that stacks in the house, I'm sure your child has tried to build something. Playing around with engineering ideas and principles helps kids to better understand the world around them and how things work (it's an early introduction to the world of physics!)

14,000 Blank Index Card Projects

Okay, I may be exaggerating a tiny bit. I didn't exactly compile 14,000 projects, but would you really want that many to sift through, anyway? Although there probably are at least that many projects you can make with blank index cards, I came up with 10 good, solid activities to begin with.

Growing a STEM Classroom: Blowing Big Bubbles ~ Our December Monthly School-wide STEM Challenge

We are gearing up for our next monthly challenge...BUBBLES! We do not do anything holiday related since not all of our students celebrate the same ones, so we figured bubbles would be perfect! These monthly school-wide challenges are purposely left open-ended so teachers can extend them as they wish.

How to... Make a Mini Robot - Red Ted Art's Blog

Today I have a fabulous fun little Mini Robot craft for you! It is absolutely riveting and both my little ones love the final result, as well as the tweens next door. I think this really is something for all age groups! A few weeks ago, Em from Unruly Media invited me to one of their events ...

Growing a STEM Classroom: Our First STEM Challenge ~ Tiny Glasses Challenge!

We do a STEM Challenge in our classroom every Friday afternoon! They usually take about 40 minutes. We begin by going over the rules and the challenge question. The students can ask any questions at this time. This is the question... What is the tallest structure you can make using 48 tiny glasses in only 20 minutes?

Our First STEM Challenge! - Sunny Days in Second Grade

I've heard the term STEM being thrown around quite a lot over the past couple of years. I knew it stood...

Magnetospheric Multiscale Education & Outreach

MMS Models Built out of Lego© Bricks Using Students to Design and Build the Model: Youth engineering design challenges are sweeping formal and informal education worldwide. Just one of these events, the First Lego© League (FLL) involved over 200,000 9-16 year olds from over 55 countries who participated in the 2011 competition alone.

Feature: How One School Turned Minecraft into STEAM

Teachers at a Primary School in Northamptonshire England have showcased the work of their pupils when the whole school embraced on a Minecraft inspired project called 'Bridgecraft'. The cross curriculum project became a whole-school theme at Bridgewater Primary School, with pupils re-creating a real new world for the Minecraft character (Steve) whose world had earlier been destroyed.

Lesson Plans

Click on the grade levels below to find STEM lesson plans created by teachers across Virginia who participated in this project.

June 2014 - Get Caught Engineering

Invitation from : https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuLuPaperPrints How does Ironman's helmet keep him safe from harm, yet remain comfortable to wear? Is it really possible for a human being to spin a web ...