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STEM Collections for K-12 Students
STEM is the idea of educating students in the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM sparks student innovation, builds resilience, and encourages teamwork. Find STEM inspiration in these resource selections.
Peruse this collection of books and activity ideas offering approaches to problem solving and assisting you in taking some of the mystery out of STEM education. Find entry points and resources to apply in your own classroom. Read all about STEM!
Design thinking goes through phases of collecting feedback and data, using the data to identify the problems to be solved, developing prototypes, and testing solutions. Discover design thinking tools for all ages in this curated collection.
Use this site to introduce STEM careers to young people. Select from several different areas of STEM, read a short description of the field of study, and view videos of modern-day professionals working in the field.
From STEM to STEAM
STEAM takes STEM a step further and includes Art. These lessons, projects, and website will get your students' creative juices flowing.
Take a look at the many ideas based on famous works of art like Edvard Munch's The Scream and Gilbert Stuart's George Washington portrait. Each lesson consists of a link to the blog post describing the lesson, many of these also include a video overview.
Connect the arts and sciences through hands-on exploration with creative projects. Select one of the four categories: art, science, engineering, or design for kids. Project ideas include step-by-step directions with pictures, many also include videos.
If you are looking for books, resources, lesson sites, and more to use when implementing STEAM activities or makerspaces, visit ArchKIDecture--created to encourage visual literacy and explain math, science, and visual arts concepts through architecture.
Engineering Design Process
Many STEM/STEAM activities also incorporate the engineering design process, a series of steps that engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Here are a few resources to help you get started and learn more about the process.
Discover STEM teaching units for grades K-2 that incorporate the engineering process, use literature, and correlate to science standards. Each lesson in the units provide science concepts based upon literary connections using picture books.
Skim through this robust collection of media-based resources to bring engineering and Next Generation Science Standards to students at all grade levels. Use this site for enrichment or to help non-readers understand concepts through video.
Make science and math come alive. Search this digital library for standards-based activities and ideas by grade level and curriculum topic. The Maker Challenges offer a variety of interesting hands-on learning experiences.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us for a week filled with STEM/STEAM-related professional learning including a virtual workshop and a Twitter chat! Plus, visit our Infusing Technology Blog for a selection of STEM inspired articles. And, we kindly ask you to share your thoughts about low-tech STEM in our weekly poll.
Tuesdays at 7 pm ET
Don't miss the remaining two virtual workshops of 2019! This Tuesday (11/19), join us for "Classroom Coding with Google Tools". And next week (11/26) dig deeper into STEM with "Low-Tech and No-Tech STEM". Sessions begin at 7 pm Eastern.
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Share your thoughts
This week our poll asks: What do you consider low-tech STEM? Have you ever heard the term and if so, what does it mean to you? Share your response with our community and view how others responded.
What does low-tech STEM mean to you? »
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