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Our free STEM lesson plans can help you plan successful remote learning instruction. Here are 12 picks for science and engineering lessons to consider right now.
Schools in many areas remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many schools will finish out the school year with remote learning. Students and teachers may not be gathering in traditional classrooms, but teaching students about physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, and other subjects…
As the end of the school year approaches, these activities can be great fillers in between testing, in odd spaces in your schedule, or just for general end-of-the-year fun.
8 Free STEM Ideas to Fill End-of-Year Time
The final weeks of the school year often mean varied schedules and pockets of time in the classroom that can be hard to fill. The activities featured here use simple materials and are easy to do with students even in small amounts of time.…
Check in each week at Science Buddies this summer for our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series! Each week, we'll highlight a few activities for awesome science and engineering kids can do at home. We've got a whole summer of fun STEM themes lined up for kids of all ages — for free. This week: make a splash with awesome summer science experiments that involve water!
Awesome Wacky Water Experiments
The activities in Week 8 of our Awesome Summer…
Plan your school year with ease! Choose from 200+ free science and engineering lesson plans for K-12 teachers!
Science Buddies first started developing NGSS-aligned educator lesson plans in 2017. Our free Lesson Plans help K-12 educators confidently teach science and engineering concepts to students. Today there are more than 200 plug-and-play lessons on our site to support educators teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Inspire students to think like engineers with hands-on building and design challenges! Spark interest and build engineering design skills with one of these free engineering challenges for middle school students.
16 Engineering Challenges to Inspire Middle School Students!
Engineering design challenges are a great way to ignite student interest in STEM. When students tackle an engineering design challenge, they are encouraged to brainstorm, design,…
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…
People have used boats to transport things around the world for thousands of years. Unfortunately, those boats can be vulnerable to stormy seas and they can capsize. This lesson expands on the classic "aluminum foil boat" project. Normally, students would build a boat from a sheet of aluminum foil and see how much weight it can hold—in still water—before sinking. In this project, they will find out how well their boats hold up to waves!
NGSS Performance Expectations:
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.