All in STEM

Back to School STEM Challenges

STEM challenges are the best way to begin building classroom community and teamwork at the beginning of the year. They are also a great way to introduce problem solving skills and get students thinking creatively and outside the box. 

The best part is students LOVE them, and they don't even realize they are learning!

The following are our top 5 picks for back to school STEM activities.

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.

Building Teamwork at the Beginning of the Year with STEM

Did you know that STEM activities are a great way to build classroom community and teamwork at the beginning of the year?

Unfortunately,  STEM challenges can tend to be used as a classroom competition where students and groups are competing against each other. While classroom competitions can be fun, the goal of STEM should be to encourage a growth mindset in students.

How do we accomplish this?

Mother's Day STEM and Writing Activities

Mother's Day has definitely taken on a whole new meaning for Adam and I over the past couple years with the arrival of our daughter who will be two this month. We are also expecting a baby boy in September. 

As I started brainstorming educational and fun gift ideas students could make for Mother's Day, I began by thinking of what I would like to receive. This led me to the idea of...BATH BOMBS!

Making the Most of Your MakerSpace

A makerspace is a place in a classroom, library, or other common area of a school where students are encouraged to create, tinker, explore, discover, and invent using a variety of tools and materials. Effective makerspaces have been shown to foster peer-to-peer interaction as well as help students build confidence and take ownership of their learning. With so many benefits to the makerspace it is no wonder why they have taken off.

April STEM Activities

April is the perfect time to add some hands-on STEM fun to your classroom curriculum. The following activities are some of my favorite Earth Day and spring inspired STEM activities that are sure to get students engaged!

How to Organize a Winter Games STEM Competition in Your Classroom

The Winter Games begin next month and the learning opportunities for students are endless! One activity that is sure to ENGAGE is hosting a STEM Winter Games competition in your classroom.

To begin students will need to be placed into groups of 2 or 3. Assign each group a country participating in the Winter Games or let students choose their own country. Have students research their country and present their findings to the class.

Engage Students in the New Year with STEM

The new year is always 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 on board with STEM!