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February 22, 2024 4:00 PM
In part three of the "Why Do Science Projects" series, we review strategies to support advanced science and engineering projects. Science fair projects have been a staple of the American science classroom for decades, but these competitions have come a long way from the volcanoes and potato batteries of the past. National Geographic's new docuseries, Science Fair: The Series, highlights some of the impressive projects being completed by high school… Read more
February 20, 2024 2:00 PM
Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers, students working on science and engineering projects can get extra one-on-one assistance in the Ask an Expert forums at Science Buddies. Learn more about using the free Ask an Expert forums. Students need a little extra help? Try the Ask an Expert forums! Ask an Expert is an online bulletin board system where students (and parents and teachers) can ask questions about their K-12 science and engineering projects.… Read more
February 16, 2024 4:00 PM
In part two of this three-part "Why Do Science Projects" series, we explore how a bit of pre-planning in the spring can pave the way for successful projects in the coming school year. Introduction Are you a middle school or early high school science teacher looking to enhance independent science learning experiences in your courses? Perhaps you've glanced at the local science fair flier, telling yourself 'next year,' only to find yourself stuck in… Read more
February 13, 2024 4:00 PM
Follow the 10 steps below to do the 2024 Science Buddies Engineering Challenge with your students! This year's challenge is the Rubber Band Car Challenge. Getting a high score requires creative thinking and engineering to make a car that can go as far as possible. How far will your students' cars travel? The 2024 Rubber Band Car Challenge is an exciting way to have students try engineering. As they design, build, test, and improve their cars, students… Read more
February 12, 2024 4:00 PM
Why should teachers have students do independent science projects? In part one of a three-part series, the new STEM Content Managing Editor at Science Buddies offers a teacher's perspective. Note: In this week's blog, we introduce Janna Privette, the new STEM Content Managing Editor at Science Buddies. With seven years of experience teaching middle and high school science, Janna has effectively integrated independent science projects into a variety of… Read more
January 30, 2024 4:08 PM
Thinking about the 2024 Rubber Band Car Challenge? Here are 10 reasons this is a great STEM challenge for your students. The annual Science Buddies Engineering Challenge makes it fun for students to try engineering. Each year, the Science Buddies Engineering Challenge presents an innovative and engaging engineering task and asks students in grades K-12 around the world to use the engineering design process to brainstorm, design, build, and test a… Read more
January 25, 2024 4:00 PM
Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon with these free science and engineering activities for enriching hands-on STEM. What is Lunar New Year? Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) is February 10, 2024. Lunar New Year starts with the new moon that happens in late January or February. Celebrations continue for 15 days and culminate with a Lantern Festival. In Chinese culture, 2024 will mark the year of the dragon. There are many… Read more
January 23, 2024 4:00 PM
February is Black History Month. Learn more about some of the many African American scientists and engineers who have made important contributions to science history. Black History Month: 35 Scientists to learn more about! Update! This post has been updated for 2024 to include additional African American scientists and engineers. In honor of Black History Month, we highlight 38 African American scientists and engineers who made important contributions… Read more
January 18, 2024 4:00 PM
Teaching students about the engineering design process helps prepare them to do engineering projects and think like engineers when it comes to problem solving, troubleshooting, and brainstorming solutions and inventions. With a combination of free videos, lessons, and learning materials, you can choose the tools that best suit the needs of your classroom. Teaching Steps of the Engineering Design Process If you teach the scientific method to students,… Read more
January 15, 2024 4:00 PM
Warm up with hands-on science and engineering! Match winter's cold weather, snow, and ice with these free lessons and activities for engaging hands-on STEM. STEM Activities to Bring Winter Themes to Science Class 1. Make Foamy Snow In the Foaming Fake Snow activity, students use baking soda and water to make fake snow they can then use to make snow people or other small sculptures. Like real snow, the fake snow won't last. What happens when… Read more
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