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Justifying a STEM Purchase

The plethora of options and the looming bill can cause anxiety when purchasing educational STEM tools, though with a little time and research, anyone can get to a place where they feel good about making a STEM purchase.
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Finding Grants for STEM Educators

After exploring what STEM has to offer your classroom and making the decision to move forward with your purchase, it’s time to determine how to fund your STEM project.
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Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

The winning grant proposal stands apart from the rest, containing a compelling case for why your project should be funded, while also speaking to the hearts of the selection committee. But how do you ensure that yours is to be that proposal?
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Keeping your Classroom Makerspace On-Budget

With so many opportunities available for creating a makerspace in your classroom, it can be a challenge to acquire what you need without acquiring a mountain of expenses.
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Incorporating Tech into Your School Library

With the increase of technology in our everyday lives, a library equipped with only endless rows of books is becoming a thing of the past.
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Keeping your STEM Classroom Organized

Finding adequate storage for a place where creating thrives and where a variety of technology lives, often leaves your classroom in disarray.
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Implementing the Engineering Design Process

In the sphere of STEM pedagogy, the phrase “Engineering Design Process” circulates a lot. Although the process is developed through the engineering aspect of STEM, it is important to science, technology and math as well. Simply put, the EDP walks students through the steps of working out a problem.
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3D Printing in STEM Education

As 3D printing becomes increasingly prominent in both classrooms and industries alike, adding the useful tool to the STEM classroom seems imperative in advancing a hands-on STEM education.
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Applying Lab Safety to a Classroom Makerspace

Any time students are creating with technology, there is always risk that something may go wrong. To avoid this, it is important to have good lab safety practices in place.
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Constructing a Successful STEM Lesson

From coding to engineering to biology, STEM has a broad range of subject material, and so it can be difficult to know where to begin when creating STEM lesson plans. Regardless of the topic, planning in advance and following a series of steps can help streamline the process.
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Encouraging Collaboration in STEM

STEM often tackles complex problems while looking to create solutions. However, often the greatest achievements in STEM do not come from an individual but rather a team. It is important to foster the idea of collaboration in STEM education because of its later importance in the workforce.
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Finding STEM Professional Development Opportunities

With the growing need for STEM educators, cultivating the best teaching environment is crucial. And because STEM education is constantly evolving, providing professional development opportunities for teachers is essential.
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Incorporating Project-Based Learning in STEM Classrooms

In the realm of STEM education, hands-on experience is one of the best ways to teach concepts to students. And so, project-based learning has become an important part of STEM classrooms, as it offers a creative approach to offering that type of learning.
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Integrating STEM Concepts into Other Subjects

While studying STEM is important for a well-rounded education, the skills are not strictly limited to a STEM-only curriculum. The foundations of STEM, such as problem-solving, technology and collaboration, can be applied to any classroom subject to sharpen skills using widely varied subject material.
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Introducing Coding in the Classroom

With the popularity of the internet and the number of jobs that utilize computers, coding has become a desired trait in many professions. However, with many programming languages being used and programs, like JavaScript, being notoriously difficult, it can be challenging for STEM educators to decide where to begin when it comes their classroom.
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Introducing Robotics into the Classroom

With the increased use of robots in industry, it is becoming progressively more essential to introduce them into classrooms and makerspaces, equipping students with the skills they’ll need when entering the workforce. But how does one add robotics into the current curriculum without taking necessary time away from other equally important subjects?
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Using Contemporary Science to Enhance STEM Learning

Students will not strengthen their critical-thinking or problem-solving skills by conducting a lab that simply proves previously discovered scientific ideas, regardless of their importance. Focusing on contemporary science issues that are yet to be solved offers students insight into what they may experience in the STEM workforce. But what does this look like in the classroom?
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Using Field Trips to Enhance STEM Education

Because hands-on learning opportunities are important for a well-rounded STEM education, it is important to get students away from their usual classroom setting on occasion to explore STEM learning in the real world. Field trips can do just that, playing a key role in enhancement of STEM education.
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Developing a Classroom Makerspace

Incorporating STEM into the classroom may start with a lecture or lab, but collaboration and innovation among students outside of the standard lesson structure is also important when offering a well-rounded STEM education. Makerspaces are workspaces where students can create and explore technology, individually or as a team.
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Developing a STEM Afterschool Program

Afterschool STEM programs enhance in-school education while also allowing students to explore STEM interests in what is often a more exciting way, outside the normal structure of a classroom setting. Despite the benefits, the addition of afterschool STEM programs is often avoided due to high cost, access to STEM-educated advisors, and lack of developed curriculum for activities.
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Developing a STEM Summer Camp

When students spend the summer disconnected from the classroom, they experience what has come to be known as the “summer slide.” Stepping away from STEM material for long stretches can cause students to forget much of the information they acquired during the previous school year.
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Using Mentoring Programs to Engage Students in STEM

Working with others who are more advanced in STEM often encourages younger students in middle or elementary school to become more engaged in the subject. Do this by connecting students with mentors. Mentorship can be a useful tool for keeping students interested in STEM, in turn preventing them from falling behind with difficult concepts.
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Using Video as a STEM Teaching Tool

Sometimes offering a different explanation of a STEM concept can help students gain a full understanding of the material if they still have confusion about the topic. A good way to do this is to add video to your lecture.
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Writing Good STEM Test Questions

Although a large portion of STEM education thrives on hands-on learning experiences, it is still important to occasionally test students to ensure they have a strong understanding of the important concepts, especially those that cannot be learned hands-on as easily.
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Approaching Community Problems in STEM Lessons

STEM often seeks to provide solutions to many real world questions, and so problem solving skills are an important part of any STEM lesson plan.
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Connecting Classroom Robotics to Industry

With a rising number of robots being introduced into the workforce, it’s essential to instill the robotics skills students will need in future industrial careers. To do this, you must make connections between scaled-down classroom robots and larger industrial robots in industry.
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Creating a Flipped Learning Environment

Instead of assigning homework after discussing class material, students do their homework prior to the class where subject matter will be learned.
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Cultivating Female Interest in STEM

A gender gap is still prevalent in the STEM workforce, particularly in engineering and technology fields, despite concerted efforts to bring more females into the industry.
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Engaging Tools for Reducing Math Anxiety

Math is a subject every student is required to take, but it is often one of the most-dreaded. The term ‘math anxiety’ is appearing at an increasing rate in education literature, as students who struggle with the subject continue to express low confidence in this area of study.
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Implementing Active Learning in STEM Teaching

While hands-on, project-based learning is an important component of STEM education, it is also necessary to ensure students are staying engaged during lectures that are necessary to reach a full understanding of the material.
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Incorporating Ethics into STEM Lessons

When training students to be future innovators and technology influencers, it’s crucial to pair the instillation of a basis right and wrong with learning the essential technical skills utilized in any profession.
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Introducing Sketchnotes to Your STEM Classroom

While taking notes is an age-old practice that has long helped students retain information and given them a basis for review, sketchnotes enhances this technique by committing concepts to memory.
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Making Career Connections in the STEM Classroom

While the desire to be doctors or veterinarians are common STEM career goals for middle and high school students, it is important to raise awareness that STEM offers a wide variety of careers.
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Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Classroom

Students are constantly surrounded by technology, both in and outside of school, and so it is important to take time to teach them proper internet etiquette.
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Teaching Systems Thinking Using Robotics

While there are a wide variety of systems already built into STEM education, such as the solar system or the human body’s respiratory system, it is often important to teach others while thinking outside of these individual systems.
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Using Social Media in the STEM Classroom

The increased use of social media has made it a prominent part of our lives, and most students check their personal accounts daily. Make the classroom more engaging, while encouraging use of students’ professional social media skills, by introducing social media.
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Using the 5E Model in STEM Instruction

Successful STEM lessons typically engage students and encourage the understanding of concepts through hands-on learning. The 5E model specifically motivates student participation by allowing students to build off pre-existing knowledge and skills
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