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March 21, 2024 6:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and activities to introduce and experiment with robotics with students. From designing and building simple robots to thinking about how robots can be used to solve real-world problems, these hands-on projects help students gain and practice circuit-building and robotics engineering skills. The free STEM lessons, projects, and activities below help introduce students to robotics, robotics engineering, and the kinds of… Read more
March 13, 2024 8:00 AM
Use these free science lessons, experiments, and activities to teach K-12 students about density. Sometimes students wrongly think that an object's density is the same as its weight or its mass. Instead, density refers to an object's mass in a given volume. Two objects that have the same shape and size (volume) but have a different mass (like two same-sized balls with different weights) have different densities. As a physical property of… Read more
October 9, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free chemistry lesson plans, experiments, and activities to teach and explore chemical reactions with K-12 students. A chemical reaction occurs when two or more substances (reactants) are mixed together and result in one or more new substances (products). When teaching about chemical reactions, educators show chemical reactions in action and, when possible, let students get hands-on exploring reactions. With classroom science experiments,… Read more
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 15, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM lesson plans, projects, and hands-on STEM activities to explore space science and the solar system with students. These science projects, STEM activities and NGSS-aligned lesson plans help educators create hands-on learning opportunities to teach about space science, the solar system, and Mars, in the context of the Perseverance rover. At the bottom of this resource, you will find a list of independent space science projects… 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 22, 2023 8:00 AM
Discover STEM Lessons for Your K-12 Classroom What are you teaching this week? Next week? Next month? Mixtures and solutions? Types of energy? States of matter? Forces of motion? Biodiversity? Newton's laws of motion? Health and human body systems? Magnetism or electromagnetism? Density? We know educators spend a lot of time searching for quality lessons to fit their curriculum needs each year. Not only do you want quality materials that align with your class… 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
June 16, 2023 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM projects, lessons, and activities to help students get hands-on exploring and learning about solar system science. The Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and space are concepts students identify early on. The names of the planets quickly follow, along with stars and the reality that the Sun, too, is a star and is the closest star to Earth. Students learn that the Earth is one of eight planets in our solar system, a group of planets that… Read more
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