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March 8, 2023 8:00 AM
This fifth-grade student turned personal experience with Alzheimer's and memory loss into a winning video game design science fair project that combines coding and an interest in helping the community. Personalized Learning with Science Fair Projects When choosing a science project, students are more engaged when they select a project that matches a topic or area of personal interest. The more engaged students are with their projects, the more… Read more
December 15, 2022 8:00 AM
This STEM teacher gave students in grades 6, 7, and 8 each a different challenge to explore engineering design and computer science with real-world context. Engaging Students with Engineering Design and Computer Science Teaching students the engineering design process helps them understand a model of designing, building, testing, and iterating that they can use to approach problems or to innovate and invent new things. When engineering design is… Read more
June 6, 2022 12:00 PM
This STEM teacher used the Mirror Maze lesson to help students get hands-on with the physics of light. Engaging Students with the Physics of Light Teaching students about light and reflection and the angles at which light will bounce from one surface to another can sometimes feel abstract. In a lesson that might bring old art gallery heist movies to mind with their fields of crisscrossing lasers, the Mirror Maze lesson has students explore the physics… Read more
April 27, 2022 8:00 AM
This teacher used paper roller coasters to explore engineering design and energy transformation with high school physics students. Inspiring Students About Physics and Engineering Design As a special education teacher at Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, IL, Robert Griegoliet brings creativity and a zest for hands-on STEM instruction to the physics classroom. In addition to teaching, Robert is a curriculum coach at his school and a curriculum… Read more
March 10, 2022 8:00 AM
This teacher turned a DIY ski lift engineering project into a winter-themed exploration of simple machines with her 6th-grade students. Inspiring Students About STEM Lisa Sama has been teaching engineering at Luther Burbank Middle School in Lancaster, MA for almost 20 years. In Massachusetts, engineering is included in statewide testing, so all middle school students benefit from engineering classes. While meeting curriculum goals tied to… Read more
September 10, 2020 8:00 AM
Independent science and science fair projects give students the chance to really dig into STEM exploration. Finding a topic of personal interest can make a real difference in how the project goes. For this college student, a middle school science fair project changed her view of science and set her off on an exciting STEM career path. Today, Harleen Suri is a senior at Cornell University (NY), majoring in mechanical engineering with a concentration in… Read more
August 21, 2020 12:00 PM
A free simulation tool from Science Buddies enables student exploration of variables related to a pandemic. A team in Qatar put the tool to use as part of a summer program for high school students. No one wants to be in the middle of a pandemic, but when you are in the middle of one, there is tremendous opportunity to use the situation as a learning moment. SimPandemic, a new online tool from Science Buddies, helps the public (including teachers and… Read more
August 18, 2020 10:00 AM
This determined student pursued her interest in biotech exploration by creating her own after-school club. Using science project resources at Science Buddies, the club went on to sequence California native plants and contribute to GenBank! As a junior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA, Katherine was disappointed to discover that biotechnology was no longer being offered. Her AP biology class had sparked her interest, and she had been… Read more
March 4, 2020 6:00 AM
The Raspberry Pi Projects Kit offers a customizable set of activities for progressive learning. Students use Scratch to write computer programs and combine those programs with circuits and sensors for interactive fun. Above: Girls at a GirlSPARC event working on hands-on coding and electronics projects with Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi Projects Kit from Science Buddies works with a series of eight interactive activities that combine computer… Read more
February 13, 2020 6:00 AM
This teacher is emphasizing Black History Month in STEM education and helping students learn more about scientists and engineers every time they walk through the door to her classroom. February is Black History Month, but the month also includes Valentine's Day and Heart Health Awareness. All of these observances offer opportunities for educators to make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) connections with students of all… Read more
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