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August 10, 2022

Blog about Blogs! Best Back to School Blog Posts

August. It’s probably one of the toughest months of the year for teachers. Some teachers are setting up for the new school year. Others are attending […]
July 27, 2022

3D Printing 101

3D printing is a lot like skydiving; everyone wants to do it, but it’s a little nerve-wracking and there are a lot of unknowns. As a […]
July 13, 2022

STEM as the Foundation of Construction: Interview with Daphene Koch

Hello everyone, With the summer months upon us, you’ve probably noticed a lot of construction going on in your own city or nearby highway. I know […]
June 29, 2022

Bridging the Gap Between Block Coding and Text-Based Coding with micro:bit

Hello, everyone! Most of you are likely familiar with the world of computer programming – at least to some degree. You’ve probably heard of text-based programming […]
June 15, 2022

Putting the T in STEM: Interview with Naomi Meredith

For this month’s blog, we are excited to introduce Naomi Meredith. Naomi just finished her 10th year as an elementary teacher and is a STEM superstar! […]
June 1, 2022

Summer Sphero Care

Your room is packed up for the summer. The posters are down from the walls for that district-wide painting project. You are just about ready to […]
May 18, 2022

In the Trenches: Looking Back at 2021/2022

To close out my blog posts for the school year, I interviewed eight public school teachers and librarians. They asked to remain anonymous, but here is […]
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 […]