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Unit-Long or Year-Long STEM Project Ideas?

Hello! I am a preservice teacher, who will be a full time teacher in the Fall, and was wondering if anyone has any great ideas for year-long (or unit-long) projects? I really want to try incorporating hands on projects in my future classroom that implement STEM. I will be certified to teach between the grade levels of EC-6 so I am open to a variety of ideas! Thanks!

Jessica Mercado
Jessica Mercado
525 Activity Points

Jessica, there are a lot of opportunities for long-term projects that require some initial set up with ongoing observations. A lot of it depends on what you are passionate about and able to tackle. I suggest looking at http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=94 I chose Bottle Biology because I have done this with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and it's always interesting and exciting. Look around and see what you like. http://media.wfyi.org/IndianaExpeditions/IDEXSeason2_2009/IDEX201/IDEX201BottleBiologyTerrariumL.pdf

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
85999 Activity Points

Jessica, In a classroom I had observed in a previous semester, I saw stem bins! These are awesome bins that the first graders used to create different architectural designs such as bridges, towers, etc. They were made out of a multitude of items that stuck together such as popsicle sticks and velcro, straws, magnets, etc. This isn't necessarily a semester or year-long project, but you could make it into one by having students keep track of what they built, the materials they used and how they decided on the design!

Megan Bradburn
Megan Bradburn
490 Activity Points

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