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May 16, 2022 8:00 AM
Can science make you a better artist or help you create your next masterpiece? Put creative science on display with STEM experiments about art! Art & STEM! What does painting a picture, making a sculpture, or creating a mobile have to do with science? A lot! Science explains how colors mix and how different types of paint work on various papers and surfaces. Science explains how art materials are developed with specific properties, for example, how… Read more
May 6, 2022 8:00 AM
Looking for last-minute STEM ideas for the end of the year, for after testing, for a classroom warmup, or for a rainy day at home? Try these paper-based STEM activities! Science Activities that Use Paper! Doing science and engineering activities doesn't have to require lots of materials. If you are looking for something to do with students in the classroom or with kids at home, an engaging STEM learning experience might be just a stack of paper… Read more
April 29, 2022 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and activities to teach about Newton's laws of motion. Newton's Laws of Motion in the K-12 Classroom Across all grade bands, students explore science related to forces, motion, and interactions between objects; concepts that use Newton's laws of motion as a fulcrum for understanding forces and motion; inertia and equilibrium; the relationship between mass and acceleration; the difference between acceleration and velocity;… Read more
April 28, 2022 10:00 AM
May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Learn more about inspiring AANHPI scientists and engineers! May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. As part of our ongoing work to introduce students to a wide range of scientists and engineers and to continue to represent diversity in STEM, our list of AANHPI individuals joins our other lists dedicated to Black History Month, Women's… 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
April 21, 2022 8:00 AM
Combine crafty ideas for Mother's Day with STEM for creative gifts moms will love. With a few simple materials, kids can do one of these science activities to make something thoughtful or unique to give mom or another special person. STEM Activities to Make or Do and Give! Whether made surreptitiously at home or made in the classroom and set aside to take home, Mother's Day is often marked with "I made this" gifts for kids to proudly present to Mom or… Read more
April 18, 2022 8:00 AM
More than 11,000 students built and submitted paper ball runs for the 2022 Fluor Challenge. In its 8th year, the challenge continues to grow and encourages students around the world to try their hand at an engineering design challenge. Figure 1. A team testing their paper ball run for the 2022 Fluor Engineering Challenge. The 2022 Paper Ball Run Challenge was the eighth annual Fluor Engineering Challenge. The K-12 STEM competition is sponsored by… Read more
April 15, 2022 7:00 AM
May the 4th be with you! Tie simple science explorations in with Star Wars for Star Wars Day. Great STEM ideas for the classroom or for family science with kids at home. Connect favorite characters, epic movie scenes, Star Wars lore, and more with hands-on learning! May the 4th Be with You (AKA Star Wars Day) May 4th is a day of epic proportions for Star Wars fans. Echoing the popular movie line, the day is celebrated as May the 4th Be with You… Read more
April 11, 2022 8:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and activities to experiment with paper chromatography. Experiment with Paper Chromatography Chromatography is a technique used to separate a mixture or solution into its individual components. There are several different types of chromatography, including thin-layer, column, and paper chromatography. Paper chromatography uses materials that make it accessible for chemistry exploration at the K-12 level. Paper… Read more
April 7, 2022 6:00 AM
Use these free STEM lessons and activities to celebrate Earth Day and explore related environmental science aimed at using STEM to help protect the Earth and solve challenges we face for the future. Since its start in 1970, Earth Day has become a global day of activism and learning about environmental topics related to protection of the Earth, its natural resources, and species. Climate change, global warming, deforestation, air pollution, water… Read more
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