All in STEAM

3 Ways to Spark Student Curiosity Throughout the Year (Includes FREE Resources)

Curiosity is essential to student engagement and learning. Students who ask questions take ownership of their education and learn how to problem solve.

Unfortunately, as students get older, they tend to ask fewer and fewer questions. It is important to not only encourage students to ask questions, but also to validate their questions.

3 Ways to Get Started with STEM at the Beginning of the Year

The first lessons you teach set the tone for the rest of the year in the classroom!

During the first week of school, your schedule should include a mix of teaching procedures and expectations as well as building a strong classroom community.

Unfortunately, introducing procedures and practicing them again…and again…and again…and again…gets boring for both teachers and students.

4 Amazing Summer STEM Challenges for Kids!

Whether you are teaching summer school, summer camp, or you are spending the summer at home with your own kids, there are two words you desperately try to avoid hearing…

“I’m Bored!”

Cure summer boredom with STEM challenges. STEM keeps kids engaged during the long summer months while preventing the summer slide.

The best part is kids love them!

The following are our top 4 summer STEM challenges.

Our Favorite Back to School Read Aloud STEM Challenges

The lessons you teach at the beginning of the year are crucial for laying the foundation and setting the tone for the rest of the school year.

STEM challenges are the best way to begin building classroom community and teamwork. They also create a classroom environment where mistakes and failures are valued and viewed as learning opportunities.

The best part is, students LOVE them!

The Best STEM Challenges for the End of the Year

Congratulations, you have made it to the end of the year! Now what?

If your end of the year experience is anything like mine was then you may be running out of curriculum to teach, classroom management strategies, and possibly even energy and patience!

Now is the perfect time to incorporate hands-on projects and cooperative activities that will keep students motivated and engaged in learning up until the last day of school.

The following are our top 8 end of the year STEM challenges.

Four End of the Year Read Alouds and STEM Challenges Your Students will Love

What are you teaching at the end of the year?

"Make" memories with your students and keep them engaged up until the last day of school with STEM!

Create a cereal box memory book to help students process the "last day blues", engineer an amazing treehouse, learn about the Chicago World's Fair and make a Ferris Wheel, and unleash the creativity of your students as they imagine, design, build, and write about their dream house using Geometry and 3D Shapes!

The following are our top 4 STEM read alouds and activities to engage students at the end of the year.

Engage Students in Solving Real-World Problems with STEM

If your students aren’t excited about STEM the problem might be a lack of exposure to real-world challenges.

Real-world problem solving should be at the core of any STEM education program. It increases student buy-in as students realize that their work has an impact that extends beyond the classroom walls. It also helps students develop empathy as they take a walk in someone else’s shoes in order to understand the problems they face before coming up with potential solutions.

Make a Valentine's Day Paper Circuit Card

Teach circuits in an engaging way by having students create a Valentine’s Day card that lights up!

Students learn the difference between an open and closed circuit. They also learn how a switch can be used to alternate between an open and closed circuit.

Students will have so much fun they won’t even realize how much they are learning!

Hidden Figures STEM and Coding Activities

Are your finding time to teach social studies?

Finding time for social studies was a struggle for me when I was in the classroom. As a teacher in a testing grade, I felt the pressure to spend the majority of my instructional minutes on math and language arts topics.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Fortunately, I found a way to integrate social studies with my math and language arts lessons through STEM!

Teach about Black History Month and Women’s History Month with STEM activities that incorporate, reading, writing, math, and making!

Martin Luther King, Jr. STEM and STEAM Activities

Are your finding time to teach social studies?

Finding time for social studies was a struggle for me when I was in the classroom. As a teacher in a testing grade, I felt the pressure to spend the majority of my instructional minutes on math and language arts topics.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Fortunately, I found a way to integrate social studies with my math and language arts lessons through STEM!

Teach about Martin Luther King, Jr. this month with STEM activities that incorporate, reading, writing, math, and making!

October STEM Read Alouds

Read-alouds are one of the best ways to introduce new concepts to students. By integrating stories in lessons, students are introduced to quality books. When students are exposed to engaging literature, it fosters a life-long love of reading.

There are even greater benefits when these engaging read-alouds are connected to a STEM activity! STEM promotes 21st century skills all while allowing students to connect their learning to science, technology, engineering, and mathematical principles. This creates learning opportunities that are rigorous while maintaining a high level of student engagement.

The following are our top 5 STEM read-alouds and activities for October.

Growth Mindset Read Alouds

Have you ever heard any of these comments from you students?

"I'm just not good at math" 

"I'll never be good at reading."

This type of thinking emerges from a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is the belief that our intelligence, abilities, and talents are fixed traits that are out of our control.

On the other hand, a growth mindset is the belief that through hard work and perseverance our intelligence, abilities, and talents can be developed. 

Celebrate International Dot Day with STEM

International Dot Day is celebrated on September 15th. It is a day meant to encourage students to be creative, curious, and brave. The inspiration for the day comes for the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  

The story of The Dot centers around the main character, Vashti, who doesn't believe she is a good artist. However, after some encouragement from her teacher, Vashti begins drawing dots. At the end of the story, Vashti learns to be brave and use her creativity to make her mark on the world.

How to Teach Growth Mindset with STEAM

Growth mindset is the idea that the brain is like a muscle that continues to grow with practice. This is in contrast to the idea of a fixed mindset, which is the belief that your intelligence and talents are fixed traits that cannot be improved over time.

According to research, students with a growth mindset are more likely to try hard things and persevere through difficult task. This is why growth mindset is such an important lesson to teach and help students develop.