Engage Students in the New Year with STEM

Engage Students in the New Year with STEM

The new year is a great time for teachers to reflect on the school year. What things are going well in your classroom? What aspects could use some improvement?

Are students engaged in learning? Are they collaborating with one another and using problem solving skills on a daily or weekly basis? 

Have you tried STEM in your classroom? If not the new year is the perfect time to get started! We have compiled a list of our favorite January STEM activities to help you get started.

Martin Luther King Jr. Build a Podium STEM

One of our favorite activities included in our January STEM bundle is a challenge for students to build a podium for Martin Luther King Jr.

For this challenge students are asked to build a podium for Martin Luther King Jr. to use to deliver his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." Students learn about Martin Luther King Jr. through an included reading passage as well as video links. As a bonus, additional math and writing extensions are included as well. 

Build a Polar Bear Den STEM

Invite students to use their creativity to build a polar bear den.

For this challenge students learn about how mother polar bears give birth in snow dens. Students build their own snow den using marshmallows and toothpicks. The den must stand on its own and the polar bear should fit inside.

Build a Penguin Raft STEM

Integrate STEM in your classroom by having students build a penguin raft.

For this challenge students learn about how it can be difficult for penguins to get around in the water due to icebergs. In order to help the penguins, students must build a raft out of straws and tape. 

Design a Snowflake STEM

Engage students in STEM by having them design a snowflake

For this challenge students must design a snowflake using only the materials provided. In order to successfully complete the challenge the snowflake must be symmetrical.

Seamlessly integrate hands-on STEM learning with with our January STEM Bundle. This resource includes all four STEM activities bundled at a discount along with detailed teacher lesson plans and a student STEM journal.

For more STEM ideas, inspiration, and collaboration with other STEM teachers be sure to join our FREE Facebook group the STEM Teachers Club!

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