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You Oughta Know About STEM Activities

Everyone is getting excited about STEM these days and with good reason!  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is necessary preparation for our elementary and secondary students in order to inspire students to enter STEM careers.  Creating a STEM activity for your students can be easy if you use the following Design Steps.
The Design Steps are a tool students can use when designing STEM engineering challenges.  The Steps are the heart of the scientific process.  Students must plan, test, refine their thinking and present their ideas.  The Steps are not necessarily linear and may occasionally go in a different order or have more steps.  As students document and record their thoughts they build their scientific skills and communication skills while experiencing metacognition. Below is an illustration and description of the Design Steps.
Identifying the Challenge:  This is where the student starts.  What is the challenge?  What are the limits?  What materials can I use?  What am I suppose to accomplish?  How much time do I have? 
Brainstorming Ideas:Students need to gather information.  They may need to review previous concepts and principles learned.  Research may be needed for some projects.  Consulting with one another and sharing background knowledge between students may also be useful.  Using these ideas the students should discuss some design options.
Building The Design:  Students will begin working with materials.  They will implement their beginning designs.  Here they will assemble and perhaps record design options in writing, with sketches, in photographs or with computer images.  
Testing The Design:Here the students test their design to observe what works and what doesn’t.
Refining Thinking and Adjusting The Design: This is where the students make changes to their design and try to improve their product.

Presenting Ideas:  Students need to explain their process and product to each other.  This can be a formal or informal presentation. 
 


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My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

Heidi J

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

Tina S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

Richard S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Expedition Fourth

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
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