STEM

STEM in an Elementary Classroom

Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:27 PM

How could an elementary school teacher encourage STEM in the classroom? With so little time dedicated to science (at least in my state), are there any specific lesson ideas or resources that I should be sure to implement? 

Matthew Thomas
Matthew Thomas
180 Activity Points

Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:19 PM

STEM is the incorporation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In an elementary classroom it can be difficult to integrate all four of these things. These concepts are based on real-world applications. I know what has worked in my class is that my student’s love doing interactive science activities that involve technology such as I show my students videos on BrainPop Jr and they love to take the quizzes afterwards, and I show them youtube videos about the topic also.

Shirin Nayani
Shirin Nayani
70 Activity Points

Yesterday, 6:42 AM

Mystery science is amazing.  STEMscopes is a great textbook for STEM related activities.  You can pull some reading material on a concept with ed helper and teach the reading standards.  Then create a science project integrating that concept where the students are designing something to fix a problem.  Once their designs are finish, let them present their designs and graph some data from all the designs.  Also, picture perfect books has some awesome STEM activities.  I hope this was helpful.
Nina Stiell

Nina Stiell
Nina Stiell
3780 Activity Points

Yesterday, 6:26 PM

Hello Matthew,
STEM can be very simple things and not time-consuming. The idea is to integrate some science, math, tech and engineering. There also doesn't need to be equal amounts of all 4! Math can be simply be measuring and/or buying materials and keeping track of a budget. STEM can also be virtual designs that incorporate the different facets. Reflecting on their projects and looking for improvements gets their brains working!

For some easy ideas I have a public collection of resources that include links: Gabe's Stem Resources
Hope this helps!
Gabe Kraljevic

Gabe Kraljevic
Gabe Kraljevic
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