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May 4, 2022

5 Fun Science Facts about Star Wars

“May the Force be with you,” is a phrase that undoubtedly brings up memories of Star Wars (even if you aren’t a fan). With that being […]
April 20, 2022

Astronomy Tips for Star Gazers

Back when I was in graduate school, between researching the theoretical interior of neutron stars and teaching undergraduate physics classes and labs, by far my favorite […]
April 6, 2022

National Robotics Week

It’s National Robotics Week, an annual celebration to “inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) […]
March 23, 2022

Choosing STEM Education

Why STEM Education? Why STEM?  Isn’t it just another fad? Why should I have to teach it? These are questions I heard often as a teacher. […]
March 9, 2022

The Crossroads Between Art and STEM: Interview with Brian Roark

Hello everyone,   When it comes to the STEM subjects, we often think of a scientist in a lab following rigid procedures or an engineer relying […]
February 23, 2022

NASA Takes CTE Out of this World

Step into Eric Tanger’s classroom, and you’ll see no desks or chairs. In one corner of the room, a student uses computer-aided design (CAD) and a […]
February 9, 2022

3 Student Engagement Strategies for Your Classroom

Student engagement has been a topic of discussion for decades. As a former teacher, I hate to admit that even when I was in school I […]
January 26, 2022

The Beginnings of the James Webb Space Telescope

Anytime you’ve seen pictures of outer space – whether it be a stunning image of a spiral galaxy or a sprawling, majestic nebula – you probably […]
January 12, 2022

Teaching Practices To Take With You Into The New Year

It’s always good to try new things! Start this new semester with a fresh state of mind. Check out the best research-based pedagogical methodologies that you […]
December 29, 2021

Social Media in the Classroom

This generation of students has not experienced a world without social media. Good or bad, most students use social media every day and are influenced by […]
December 8, 2021

Teaching STEM with the Power of Games – Interview with Rosie Hamed

Hello everyone! In the process of collaborating with colleagues and other STEM-centered organizations, we here at STEM Education Works often get the opportunity to meet gifted […]
November 10, 2021

Interview with Indiana’s Teacher of the Year: Sharita Ware

The Indiana Department of Education announced Tuesday, October 26th that Sharita Ware is Indiana’s Teacher of the Year! Ware teaches engineering and technology at East Tipp […]
October 13, 2021

The Physics – and Mystery – of Radio

When I was a kid, I had a pair of Star Wars walkie talkies that I got for Christmas one year. They were especially cool because, […]
September 15, 2021

Making Your Way in the STEM World Today

Have you found yourself in a new position as a STEM teacher? Are you a veteran STEM teacher but are looking for some new ideas and […]
September 1, 2021

Robots Everywhere

When you think about robots, maybe you picture some kind of highly advanced android straight out of science fiction. Or maybe you imagine that little robot […]
August 18, 2021

Free PD to Start the Year

We made it to the beginning of another year. We survived the chaos of the 2020-21 school year in which I believe many teachers and students […]
August 11, 2021

STEM’s Impact in Pop Culture

Pop culture can greatly influence students’ opinions of STEM. What they see around them every day inevitably affects their interests and impacts their educational and career […]
August 4, 2021

Easy Ways to Teach Coding

Today coding is everywhere; in nearly every job field and in everyday life. More than ever, it is important that students have a strong understanding of […]
July 29, 2021

STEM, Skepticism, and Science Fiction

Queue the “X-Files” music. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always been interested in – heck, obsessed with – the paranormal. I can remember […]
July 21, 2021

Data Literacy in the K-5 Classroom

I’m a librarian. My favorite phrase is, “I read the books, I don’t do the math.” But in today’s data-filled world, that’s just not going to […]
July 14, 2021

How Career Connections Benefit STEM Students

An important part of student engagement in STEM education is the ability to show connection with what students are learning and the real world, giving relevance […]
June 30, 2021

Pecha Kucha – The 7-Minute Professional Development

  Remember the 8-minute abs craze? We can beat that. Here’s 7-minute professional development (PD)! Pecha Kucha is Japanese for “chit chat.” It’s a storytelling format […]
June 23, 2021

GEARing UP For STEM with the EV Micro-Kart!

A couple of Mondays ago (June 14th), the STEM Education Works team had the immense privilege of putting on a workshop for the Indiana GEAR UP […]
June 16, 2021

Celebrating Juneteenth

This Saturday, June 19th, Americans will celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation and African American freedom. This date, over 150 years ago, was […]
June 9, 2021

Coding In Preschool

“Early coding, or precoding, offers children experiences that integrate communication, thinking, and problem-solving. These are 21st-century skills that are valuable for children’s future success in our […]
June 1, 2021

Leading Innovation: Interview with Marla Rosenthal

Marla Rosenthal is the Innovation Specialist at Discovery Elementary School. She is a STEM leader and has built an amazing program from the ground up. We […]
May 26, 2021

Self-Care This Summer

The end is in sight! Summer vacation is days or weeks away. Right now I’m sure you are all feeling so many emotions, not the least […]
May 19, 2021

The Physics of Lasers

Hey there, everyone! Dr. Jake here again and I’ve been busy lately learning the ins and outs of our Glowforge laser cutting/engraving tools. Utilizing a 40/45 […]
May 12, 2021

Teen Leaders: Interview with STEM Without Boundaries COO Aliyah Hirji

Aliyah Hirji is a high school senior in Novi, Michigan that has served in many organizations throughout the past couple of years. She is also the Chief […]
May 5, 2021

Fun With STEM Outdoors

It’s May! The sun is out, it’s warmer (hopefully) wherever you are. Maybe you are even back in school with your students. It’s the perfect time […]
May 12, 2022

Monthly Newsletter – May 2022

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, celebrating the amazing achievements and contributions of AAPIs in the United States. Asian American and Pacific […]
May 4, 2022

5 Fun Science Facts about Star Wars

“May the Force be with you,” is a phrase that undoubtedly brings up memories of Star Wars (even if you aren’t a fan). With that being […]
April 21, 2022

Monthly Newsletter – April 2022

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, and we want to use this day to take action to protect and preserve our planet. This month we will […]
April 20, 2022

Astronomy Tips for Star Gazers

Back when I was in graduate school, between researching the theoretical interior of neutron stars and teaching undergraduate physics classes and labs, by far my favorite […]
April 6, 2022

National Robotics Week

It’s National Robotics Week, an annual celebration to “inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) […]
March 23, 2022

Choosing STEM Education

Why STEM Education? Why STEM?  Isn’t it just another fad? Why should I have to teach it? These are questions I heard often as a teacher. […]
March 9, 2022

The Crossroads Between Art and STEM: Interview with Brian Roark

Hello everyone,   When it comes to the STEM subjects, we often think of a scientist in a lab following rigid procedures or an engineer relying […]
March 1, 2022

Monthly Newsletter – February 2022

There is no shortage of amazing feats and accomplishments done in STEM by Black Americans, so in honor of Black History Month, we are sharing how […]
February 23, 2022

NASA Takes CTE Out of this World

Step into Eric Tanger’s classroom, and you’ll see no desks or chairs. In one corner of the room, a student uses computer-aided design (CAD) and a […]