Posts filed under: How-To

These last few weeks have been trying for all of us. Teachers have been thrust into strange new territory with distance learning, and parents received an unexpected new job of...
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Be honest — have you ever been profoundly irritated or disappointed in how quickly your students give up when things get tough during a STEM Challenge? Have you lamented their...
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I’ll be the first to admit that my first few STEM Challenges were a bit of a disaster. Chaotic, constantly running out of time, high frustration levels, and so many...
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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “What STEM Challenge materials should I have in my classroom?”   While most STEM Challenges come with a recommended materials...
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In the last year or so,  I’ve seen an increasing number of requests in social media groups I’m part of for STEM Challenges that can be done in 5 minutes....
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I enjoy crafts. I mean no disrespect to craft-lovers, but  science-themed crafts are NOT STEM Challenges.   Period. Hard stop. End...
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I know the feeling. You planned a fun STEM Challenge and it’s going to be a great day! You envisioned students hard at work, excelling in their designs, topped off...
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I have resisted the topic of assessing STEM Challenges for a long time. I get a worry-headache from the thought of undermining certain goals through excessive assessment. But after a...
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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...
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What could be more important than helping students develop healthy relationships with productive failure? I’m hard-pressed to come up with a single thing, honestly. If we help students learn to...
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