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Celebrate Engineers Week with the Fluor Challenge

February 19, 2018 7:30 AM

The Fluor Challenge is a great way to celebrate Engineers Week with hands-on STEM!

Can Aerodynamic Suits Give U.S. Speed Skaters an Edge?

February 15, 2018 1:20 PM

Learn more about the aerodynamics of new U.S. speed skating suits for the 2018 Olympics.

Build a Simple Special Delivery Robot for Valentine's Day

February 12, 2018 8:00 AM

Get creative and build your own Valentine's Day Special Delivery robot! From Simple Vibrobot to Special Delivery All you need to make a simple vibrating robot (a vibrobot) is a battery and a motor. With these basic electronics parts, students can…

Candy Science for Valentine's Day

February 9, 2018 6:00 AM

Valentine's Day STEM: Put colorful candy to scientific use with a fun and eye-pleasing lesson in molecular diffusion.

Put a Heart Health Spin on Valentine's Day

February 8, 2018 7:00 AM

Celebrate heart health in February with the help of two lesson plans that use hands-on classroom activities to introduce circulatory system concepts to elementary school students.

Classroom Science for Flu Season

February 6, 2018 6:00 AM

A free Lesson Plan for middle school helps teachers lead a STEM activity that can be connected to discussions about flu season.

Is the Spoon Black or Silver?

February 2, 2018 1:30 PM

Use science to make a soot-covered spoon look shiny in this family science activity.

Critical Water Shortage in South Africa

February 1, 2018 10:00 AM

Talk with students about water supply, the water crisis in South Africa, and ways in which science can help with conservation efforts.

Super Bowl Science and the Fluor Challenge

January 30, 2018 6:00 AM

Get ready for this week's big American football game with a hands-on catapult engineering activity that might also give you a chance to win money for your school! Super Bowl LII, a playoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England…

Genetic Mutation and Taste Lesson Plan

January 25, 2018 9:30 AM

New Lesson Plan uses a simple taste test to help students understand genetic mutation firsthand. Not everyone will detect the taste of phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). What does this mean and what can students learn about genetics from investigating the…

10 Tips for a Winning Science Project Display Board

January 22, 2018 10:30 AM

Review our top ten tips and reminders for creating a great science project display board.

Cybersecurity Resource Guide for Educators

January 10, 2018 6:00 AM

A new downloadable guide helps teachers plan STEM classroom activities and career exploration related to cybersecurity and online safety.

When Your Science Project Opens a Wormhole--Alternate Universe Movie for Science Class

January 9, 2018 10:00 AM

Pair the Alternate Universe movie with a black holes lesson plan for space-bending science class fun!

Count Down to Winter Break with Creative STEM

December 8, 2017 6:00 AM

Teachers, are you looking for ways to keep students engaged even as Winter Break approaches? We have great suggestions for fun and creative science experiments kids can do in class with easy-to-find materials. Your students can make "holiday" items…

Spark Interest in Computer Science

December 4, 2017 12:00 PM

Suggestions to help build on the momentum of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code activities.

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Google's Science Journal App Transforms a Cell Phone into a Powerful Tool for Science Class

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Fluor Engineering Water Flow Challenge

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