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!
One of my 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 YouTube video links. As a bonus additional math and writing extensions are included as well.
Another fun challenge included in this bundle is 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.
Another fun challenge included in the January bundle is to 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.
The last challenge included in January STEM bundle is to 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.
Be sure to enter the giveaway above for a chance to win all four of these engaging STEM challenges.
Let us know how we can help you make learning fun in the new year!
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