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Elementary STEM Club: Month 1

Elementary STEM Club is a little pocket of joy in difficult times. This entire back-to-school seasons feels like a giant STEM Challenge with some seemingly impossible constraints. But with our...

4th Grade NGSS STEM Challenges

I got a fantastic question from a 4th grade teacher in my inbox the other day. It read: “I am hoping to teach a STEM lab starting in October for...

The Problem with Simple STEM

Let me start by saying I have nothing inherently against makerspaces, tinker labs, “simple” STEM centers, task cards, and activities. They can be great — in much the same way...

7 Back-to-School STEM Must-Haves

When you go back to school this fall, you’re going to want to have your STEM game sitting pretty. Luckily, you’ve just stumbled on seven back-to-school STEM must haves —...

Get to Know Your Students with the 4 C’s of Engineering

The 4 C’s of Engineering are collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. They should be at the foundation of every successful STEM Challenge you facilitate with your students, and what...

Making Test Prep More Enjoyable

State testing: it’s the most least wonderful time of the year. There’s a lot not to like about state testing, but that’s not what this post is about. This post...

Developing Grit: Learning to Love a Challenge

How gritty are your students? Do they love a challenge, or do they wilt in the face of difficulty? How much does grit matter to their success and achievement over...