Hello everyone! I am currently Student Teaching and I am wondering if there is any advice on how to implement STEM into a a 2nd grade classroom. Thanks -Jessica O.

Jessica Oviedo
Jessica Oviedo
500 Activity Points

Hi Jessica, 

One way my colleagues in elementary school like to incorporate STEM through building and design challenges. They pick a problem that is related to what they are studying and then they have their students build something that will solve that problem.  I'm attaching a collection that I created of a few Learning Center resources that might give you some ideas.  

How do other elementary school teachers incorporate STEM in their classrooms?


Elementary STEM Challenges Collection
(6 items)
Science Shorts: Building Bridges
     -Journal Article
Teaching through Trade Books: If You Build It...
     -Journal Article
Teaching Through Trade Books: Bridges and Skyscrapers
     -Journal Article

Ruth Hutson
Ruth Hutson
62700 Activity Points

Hello Jessica, yes you can implement STEM in many ways. One thing I know students love are LEGOS! They love building things. By having them a crate of legos and just letting them explore and create they will love it. Also, you can use technology in your classroom by either using the ipad, chromebooks, or your teacher laptop by having them play games on there like Kahoot (Of course educational). Goodluck!

Gloria Ortega
Gloria Ortega
420 Activity Points

Hi Jessica!

I am currently in a science methods course and we had a speaker come in and talk about integrating STEM into the classrooms everyday activities. Her talk was very interesting and one take away I had from it, is that while she met with her small group reading students the other students were allowed to explore STEM materials consturcting and engineering. These students were able to explore and develop understandings about the material and then after their alotted time they would transition onto another center/activity. I thought this was a great way to get student to independently explore STEM concepts. 

Good Luck with student teaching!!

Caroline 

Caroline Hunkele
Caroline Hunkele
1875 Activity Points

Hello, I am currently taking a Science Methods class at the University of Northern Iowa. We were just discussing this in class today and we found out that students learn best when they are playing. There is a room at UNI where we were able to explore some of the different STEM play activities and it was really fun and challenging at the same time. We played with tops to see which one spun the best or the most unique. There was a station where you could set up ramps using wooden blocks to make a marble move in certain ways. Lights and shadows was another station that there was. Our instructor told us that in many elementary schools in Iowa, students don't get a chance to explore science every day; however, she said that we could have the stations set up and when students need something to do, then they can be playing with the science centers that you have set up for them. 

Daniel Price
Daniel Price
2260 Activity Points

Hey Daniel! 

I also think it's super important for students to learn about science in an atmosphere that can be fun! When we were playing around with the tops and the blocks it really never occurred to me that students are actually learning when they're playing like that! So so much is learned from personal experience that we should allow time for this personal experience to be made. 

Rachel Wagner
Rachel Wagner
2115 Activity Points

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