5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Robotics To Your Students

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Did you know “the US is home to 310,700 industrial robots, and that number increases by at least 40,000 each year?” (Flynn 2023). So why teach robotics in middle school? Teaching robotics is a great way to prepare students for the modern day workforce. There is a great chance today’s students will be working alongside robots in their […]

5 Reasons To Teach Coding: Understanding the Benefits

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Teaching coding can open up a world of possibilities for your students. From helping them to think analytically to opening the door to lucrative careers, here are six of the biggest reasons to teach coding. Looking for a coding unit plan? Check out this done-for-you computer science resource! 1. Prepare Students for the Future With […]

How to Plan an Unforgettable Family STEM Night Event

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Family STEM night is an excellent opportunity for both students and their families to engage in hands-on learning and explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (Find out more about the philosophy behind STEM education.). Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, planning this event requires some effort and creativity. This guide will […]

7 Reasons You Should Use STEM Research Projects in Your Middle School Classroom

This blog gives 7 reasons teachers should use STEM research projects as part of their curriculum.

Incorporating STEM research projects into the middle school classroom can open up a world of opportunities for students to explore their creative sides and learn practical skills. Learn more about how these projects can benefit your students and discover some ideas here. Short on time? Grab a ready-to-go STEM research project! 1. Explore student-generated questions […]

How to start a STEM program: 5 tips for your first weeks of school

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The first few days of a new semester are always exciting, but they are also so important for creating the classroom culture and routines that will guide the rest of the school year. While some classroom procedures and routines can be used in any classroom, there are specific considerations for a STEM classroom. Whether you […]

Get Your Guide to Computer Science Education Week 2024

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I’ve been looking forward to Computer Science Education Week 2024 since December 2023! It is one of my favorite weeks of the school year. There’s a buzz in the air and my students and I have a blast! Also, I get to spend time teaching real-world skills that spark new passions and introduce new career […]

5 Middle School Coding Activities for Computer Science Education Week and Beyond

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In recent years, the expansion of computer science programs and the importance of teaching middle school coding (and elementary school coding too!) have been all over the news. You may be wondering why coding is so important for kids or what benefits are associated with learning to code. The importance of middle school coding According […]

Teaching Programming to Middle Schoolers

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Coding is a very important skill for today’s students. Currently, computer science job openings outpace the number of qualified applicants, and as we move into the future, more and more industries will require employees to have some basic computer programming skills… But how exactly do you go about teaching programming to middle schoolers? It seems […]

A common problem of STEM students

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Fear of failing and not having the right answer is a common problem of STEM students. Especially if your class is their first STEM experience. In most other courses, students are expected to have the “right” answer. If they are paying attention and working hard, they should be able to get a “good” grade on […]

Computer Parts Lesson Plan

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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 computers through class discussion and […]