Help me give my students more engaging activities to incorporate into my STEM lessons and spark their interest in STEM.
I teach STEM to over 500 students in grades Pre K- 5th.
We are a diverse population.
There are over 15 different languages spoken. It is a title 1 school, where students receive free breakfast and lunch. We are ranked the top 10 schools with the highest number of homeless students. We also have Gleaners Food Bank that comes to our school once a month.
Despite their home life and language barrier, the students at our school are very eager learners. Many come to us with limited background knowledge and lack of school experiences. I want the students to be able to use their imaginations and experience what it is like to be an engineer.
Students will be able to use their imagination and fine motor skills to build and create various things using Gears, Straw Builders, Mental Blox and Zooawa Building Toys. They will be able to use what they learned about the engineering design process to draw a plan, create it, improve and make changes to their designs. This is a fun way to engage students in STEM.
Students in upper elementary focus on simple machines.
The Lego Simple and Powered Machines Set will allow students to explore this concept further and help them when it comes time to design and create Rube Goldberg Machines.
I incorporate coding into my lessons. By using the Coding Robots, students will be able to have a better understanding and be able to have a hands-on experience.
I would really like to add more books to my STEM library to spark students interest in STEM and get them excited about STEM challenges.
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|Simple & Powered Machines Set • LEGO Education||$184.95||1||$184.95|
|Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set, Innovative Toy of The Year Award Winner • Amazon Business||$45.92||2||$91.84|
|Mental Blox 360° 3-D Building Game • AKJ Education||$21.89||2||$43.78|
|Playlearn LARGE 800 Piece Straws Builders Construction Building Toy - Giant Pack with Special Connectors • Amazon Business||$34.99||1||$34.99|
|Stem Explorations: Gears Building Set • AKJ Education||$13.49||2||$26.98|
|Coding, Bugs, and Fixes • AKJ Education||$19.45||1||$19.45|
|Zooawa Building Toys, [500 PCS] Educational Creative Construction Engineering STEM Learning Toy Building Play Sets Building Blocks Plug Puzzle Bars for Boys, Girls and Preschool Kids - Colorful • Amazon Business||$15.99||1||$15.99|
|What To Do With a Box • Amazon Business||$14.54||1||$14.54|
|Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business||$13.74||1||$13.74|
|What Do You Do With a Problem? — New York Times best seller • Amazon Business||$12.79||1||$12.79|
|If I Built a School • Amazon Business||$12.75||1||$12.75|
|Mighty Mommies and Their Amazing Jobs: A STEM Career Book for Kids (STEMpowering STEM Books for Children) • Amazon Business||$12.43||1||$12.43|
|The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition • Amazon Business||$11.65||1||$11.65|
|How to Code a Sandcastle • Amazon Business||$11.19||1||$11.19|
|Claymates • Amazon Business||$10.94||1||$10.94|
|What Do You Do With an Idea? — New York Times best seller • Amazon Business||$10.68||1||$10.68|
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