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September 25, 2023 6:00 AM
Covering forces and laws of motion in science class? Try one of these five free lesson plans to help students get hands-on with physics. Teach Forces and Motion with 5 Free experiments Teaching elementary and middle school students about forces, motion, energy, and Newton's laws is an important part of standards-based science curriculum. At Science Buddies, we know that getting kids hands-on with these concepts can be a powerful way to help them learn… Read more
September 13, 2023 8:34 AM
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning more about some of the many Hispanic and Latinx scientists and engineers who have made important contributions to science history. Hispanic Heritage Month: Scientists to learn more about! Update! This post has been updated for 2023 to include additional scientists and engineers. Learn More about these Hispanic and Latinx Scientists and Engineers In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15),… Read more
September 8, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and activities to help students get hands-on building, testing, and exploring the science of energy and the different types of potential and kinetic energy. From the classic snake-in-a-can prank to stretching and shooting rubber bands across the room, bouncing a basketball, or rolling a marble down a ramp, kids know energy in motion when they see it. The world is full of energy, and energy is constantly being used,… Read more
September 1, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and activities to help students get hands-on experimenting with the science and chemistry of mixtures and solutions. Most students have a basic concept of "mixtures." They have combined ingredients in the kitchen. They know that beverages, paints, and glues are mixtures. They may realize that blood is a mixture, as is the air we breathe. They know that some things "mix" well and others don't and that some mixtures are… Read more
August 31, 2023 8:00 AM
Pair changing leaves and temperatures, apple season, pumpkins, Thanksgiving, and fall festivities with these free lessons and activities for enriching hands-on STEM. STEM Activities to Bring Autumn Themes to Science Class 1. Invisible Ink with Turmeric The same turmeric you might have out for Autumn cooking or as a seasoning at Thanksgiving, can be used as a revealing agent in the Secret Messages With Invisible Ink! chemistry activity. Write… Read more
August 9, 2023 8:00 AM
Part 3 in our STEM education series on the benefits of student science projects and science fairs. These best practices streamline the assignment and management of independent science projects and help ensure students stay on track. Unlike many other types of homework, independent science and engineering projects take time. These projects may span several weeks on your classroom calendar. The extended time allotted to science projects is a benefit and… Read more
August 4, 2023 8:00 AM
Kick off the new school year with one of these STEM activities! Easy to plan, low-cost, and accessible to all grade levels, these creative science and engineering icebreakers help set the stage for a great school year. Students will get to know one another, maybe remember your name, and leave knowing that science class is going to be awesome! It's back-to-school time! This means a brand new year, maybe a brand new group of students, or even a new grade… Read more
July 31, 2023 9:00 AM
Free STEM projects, experiments, lessons and activities to teach students about the science of visible light. The free STEM projects, experiments, lessons and activities below help educators teach K-12 students about the physics of light, specifically, visible light, with hands-on exploration and active learning. The resources below have been grouped by grade band to help educators select the experiments and lessons that best fit their needs. (Note:… Read more
July 26, 2023 8:00 AM
Take a closer look at the benefits of independent science projects, from skills development to standards fulfillment. This is Part 2 of our STEM education series exploring the combined value of students doing science projects and showcasing them at science fairs. As summarized in the first post in this STEM education series, independent science projects are part of a powerful combination of "science project + science fair" that fuels an unparalleled… Read more
July 12, 2023 8:00 AM
In this four-part STEM education series, we take a closer look at the unparalleled educational value of student science projects and science fair participation. Follow along for tips, tools, and best practices for managing STEM projects and science fairs with K-12 students. A Powerful Learning Sequence Do you assign student science projects? Do you connect science projects to a school or local science fair as an end goal? Are you talking to… Read more
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Free science fair projects.