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STEM is for Everyone: Farida Bedwei, a Computer Scientist with Cerebral Palsy


December 9, 2019 6:00 AM

Farida Bedwei is a software engineer in Ghana and advocate for people with disabilities.


Holiday STEAM Projects to Make and Give


December 5, 2019 8:00 AM

Ten unique and creative hands-on STEAM projects to make and keep or give.


10 Projects to Jump-start Your Makerspace


November 19, 2019 9:00 AM

Ten hands-on activities for a maker space that use recylced and craft materials.


Rev Up STEM Learning with Car Science Projects


November 14, 2019 8:00 AM

Projects and video for students interested in exploring STEM with car-related activities.


Halloween STEM Ideas


October 22, 2019 6:00 AM

Looking for spooky science for Halloween? We have suggestions for Halloween-themed STEM to explore with students!


STEM is for Everyone: Geerat Vermeij, a Paleoecologist who is Blind


October 21, 2019 12:06 AM

Geerat Vermeij's research on seashells and paleoecology is known around the world and depends on his sense of touch.


5 Lessons for Weather Science


October 14, 2019 6:00 AM

Explore weather science with lessons for a handmade thermometer, anemometer, hygrometer, and more.


Earthquake Safety and Science Activities


October 10, 2019 6:00 AM

Shake things up when you pair hands-on earthquake science activities with safety information from the Great California Shakeout


Student Discovers Green Thumb Growing Plants without Water


October 7, 2019 12:00 PM

Student explores hydroponics project and finds ways to problem solve doing a plant-growing project in Alaska!


Sustainability Lessons Help Make Environmental Awareness Real


October 1, 2019 6:00 AM

Teacher uses lesson to make sustainability relevant for students


Elementary School Student Finds Science Fair Success


September 16, 2019 6:00 AM

This third-grade student and his mother have used Science Buddies three years in a row to help find a project for the science fair.


Teacher Uses Hashtag Bellwork System to Introduce STEM Careers


August 29, 2019 6:00 AM

This teacher uses a 10-minute bellwork system to introduce students to a range of STEM careers.


STEM Lessons that Integrate Multiple Subjects


August 27, 2019 6:00 AM

STEM lessons encourage students to use multiple subjects when designing solutions.


Teachers Develop Exciting New Lessons with Us for Science Journal


August 20, 2019 6:00 AM

Teachers help us develop three new lessons for using Science Journal in the classroom!


10 Projects to Get Started Building Circuits on a Breadboard!


August 16, 2019 9:00 AM

Learn more about breadboards and electronics projects you can do with them.


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