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Summer STEM Challenge: Are You Looking for a Fun One?

Summer STEM With Sammie STEAM Are you looking for some summer STEM challenges for your families?  If you already read our blog about our family STEM challenge involving beavers,  you know that our families asked us for more fun activities that they could do with their children!   One morning, my

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Insects: Three Activities That Will Engage Students!

, Learning About Insects Most kids are fascinated by insects!  The estimated number of insect species in the world is 900,000, so it should be easy for students to find one that they would like to discover more about.      Overview of Insects It’s fun to start with phenomena

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Periodic Cicadas: What’s the Big Buzz About?

Cicadas Noise Have you ever heard the buzz of cicadas?  If you have, you probably remember their distinctive sound!  These insects make a loud buzzing sound that grows louder and louder.  To hear their sound and learn how they make it listen to this video from 1:50 to 2:30!  

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Four Fun December STEM Activities for Elementary Grades

December STEM activities are exciting for students of all ages!  Consequently, I created several. December STEM for Kindergarten and First Grades I like to incorporate the science of animal needs throughout the year.  In December, I focus on the needs of the reindeer.  I start by reviewing the needs of

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Create a Spider Web: A Fun STEM Challenge!

  Observing Spider Webs Before creating a spider web, give students a chance to observe spider webs.  The best thing to do is to take the children outside and ask them to look for webs.  Tell students to observe and not touch the webs.  While observing, ask them to draw

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Easy STEM Challenge: Build a Boat

Phenomena for Building a Boat STEM Challenge First of all, what is phenomena?  In science, a phenomenon is simply an event or situation occurs.  The event causes students to wonder about it (I wish the NGSS would just do away with the word phenomena!).  Before building a boat there are

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Do You Want to Host Your First Successful Family STEM Night?

Our Family STEM Night Experience Hosting a Family STEM Night is a worthwhile adventure!  It’s a great way to introduce families to the concepts of STEM.  In our experiences families were asking for more challenges! Having a short term committee is a good way to get started.  Each person found

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What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code™ is Coming! The Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week every year!  Computer Science Education Week is around December 9th.  December 9th is Grace Hopper’s birthday, and it’s a way of honoring her.  She was born in 1906.  She programmed computers for the

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A WebQuest is an Engaging Educational Tool

So, What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is a great educational tool.  When students are doing a WebQuest they search the web for information.  The teacher usually gives students links to websites and/or videos.  The links are checked out in advance to make sure they are reliable. What makes a

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