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Beginning of Year STEM Activities for Middle School

Are you looking for beginning of the year STEM activities? I’ve got you covered!  With this free lesson and some random materials from your cupboard, your middle school students will learn the basics of engineering. Then you can sit back and enjoy your last few days of summer knowing your

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Thanksgiving Engineering Activities for Middle School

Are you looking for the perfect Thanksgiving engineering activities to bring some seasonal fun into your classroom? Or maybe you need to keep your students engaged during the excitement and chaos before the holiday break… Either way, check out these exciting engineering design challenges that are sure to keep your

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Using rubrics for assessment in STEM education

What does success in STEM look like? Assessment in STEM education was one of my biggest challenges when I switched from teaching middle school science to STEM. At its core, STEM class is about teaching students to solve problems. The specific topics and projects can vary widely. However, whether students

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Science gifts for teachers

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you. I am so excited about these beautiful gifts I received from The Calculated Chemist! If you are looking for STEM or science gifts

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Computer Parts Lesson Plan

So you’re teaching computer science… Now what? This computer parts lesson plan will help you kick off your middle school computer science or technology course by teaching the basics. Using printable or digital materials, students will explore their background knowledge about computers and learn the basic components and characteristics of

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Coding for Middle School

Introducing students to the basics of computer science can be tricky! This complete coding for middle school unit will show you how to start and develop a great foundation that your students can build on throughout any computer science course while having a lot of fun! With over 100 pages

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Top Robot Movies for Middle School Students

Here is a list of middle school robotics movies that your students will love… and you will too! Everyone looks forward to a good movie day, but they are even better when the film captivates your students and ties into course content! Read on to learn about top robot movies

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Fall STEM Activities from STEM in the Middle

Fall STEM Activities for Middle School

Are you looking for the perfect fall STEM activities to bring some seasonal fun into your classroom? Or maybe you need to keep your students engaged during the excitement and chaos that comes with school Halloween celebrations… Either way, check out these exciting engineering design challenges that will keep your

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Real World Robots Research Project

Robots are the future! In this engaging project, students will have the opportunity to explore their own interests and learn a lot as they conduct research about real-world robots of their choice.  What’s included? This resource has a variety of activities to keep your students on task and engaged in

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