10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools: Explore ideas for bringing STEM learning into schools, including teacher research and development teams, inviting guest scientists, organizing clubs, and convening parent focus groups. (KQED’s MindShift 2014)
How to Design Right-Sized Challenges: Consider takeaways from an engineering design competition for how to conceptualize design challenges as relevant to real life, challenging, and achievable for diverse learners. (Edutopia, 2014)
STEMbite: An Experiment in Teaching With Google Glass: Watch first-person video lessons –- including a broadcast from one teacher’s kitchen exploring crazy science found in the refrigerator –- and see how video lessons can motivate and inspire students in STEM. (Edutopia, 2013)
How to Energize a Weak STEM Lesson: Find tips for educators on how to find good sources for STEM lessons, criteria you can use to evaluate their quality, and tips on adapting STEM lessons for your own use. (MiddleWeb, 2015)
Edutopia's flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn. Below, find downloads used by practitioners at a featured school, and dive into real-world examples of STEM learning.
Bridges Project Design Document: Download a PDF document that describes how students learn about the math and engineering concepts necessary to construct bridges and explore the symbolic meaning of bridges in literature, history, and social studies.
Communications Project Design Document: Download a PDF document that describes how students address learning goals across multiple subjects through design and construction of a sound system and the writing of original music.
Rockets and Robots Project Design Document: Download a PDF document that describes how students build robots and construct rockets to complete a variety of space-inspired missions and reach reach learning goals in various content areas.