Getting Started in STEM

Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:35 PM

I was approached today about becoming the second teacher in our school to get certified to teach STEM and while I already incorporate STEM type things in my classroom, can anyone give me some good pointers (websites, information, etc) on building a STEM-focused class for middle schoolers? I know I will learn a lot during my trainings, but I really love searching for awesome ideas for the classroom. I'm really excited about this opportunity!! I'm going to get to collaborate with the 7th grade STEM teacher and my math teammate.

Thank you in advance for any help!

Jessica Minton
Jessica Minton
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Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:51 PM

Dear Jessica,

Congrats on your new assignment! Are you attending the STEM virtual conference this Saturday, April 25? There will be 13 different sessions led by experts in STEM from around the country (some our own NSTA Press Authors), sharing what they are doing in the classroom. In addition, dozens of participants to network with and share ideas.

All registered participants get access to all the sessions (all sessions will be recorded) to watch on-demand after the conference. For more information and to register, visit:

Good luck!

Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez
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Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:21 PM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. It is a great way to incorporate deep, critical thinkers. Here is a website that states the basics of STEM: Furthermore, I have found Pinterest to be a great resource on discovering new lessons or ways to incorporate STEM in the classroom. There is a company called "Get Caught Engineering" that has excellent resources: I myself and new to discovering STEM, but these are just a few things I have been mulling over the past few weeks!

Jenna Bucklew
Jenna Bucklew
655 Activity Points

Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:12 PM

Thank you for those resources, it sounds like many of us are interested, but need resources. I will check them out.

Black April
Black April
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Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:47 AM

We invite you to check out all of our STEM resources on our website. We have pages with archived blogs filled with ideas, a page with lessons to download, and a page with links to other resources to help you set up your own STEM classroom. Our Facebook page and Pinterest page are also filled with ideas that are updated daily. By following our social media outreach platforms you will receive great STEM information that we are constantly locating and sharing.

Need ideas? Have a question? We love to help!
You can contact us at:

Wendy and Cheryl
Get Caught Engineering

Wendy Goldfein
Wendy Goldfein
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Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:37 PM

Wow! Wendy and Cheryl I am so glad I happened upon this forum and your post. Just today, I was sitting in my office developing new lessons for the upcoming year. I am thankful for the resources, lessons and ideas I found on your site. Thanks for sharing!

Darin @MrTheScienceGuy Gray

Darin Gray
Darin Gray
20 Activity Points

Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:45 AM

I was very excited to find this post! Thanks for the links!

Tracey Williams
Tracey Williams
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