Middle School STEM Projects that Engage and Inspire

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By Trilby Hillenbrand Are you facing the challenge of maintaining full engagement in your middle school STEM classroom? As educators, striking the right balance between rigor and excitement is an ongoing struggle. Luckily, we have the perfect solution to transform your STEM lessons into captivating experiences – our Middle School STEM Projects Bundle! The Middle […]

A STEM Curriculum to Inspire Middle School Scientists and Engineers

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By Trilby Hillenbrand Are you seeking a comprehensive middle school STEM curriculum to captivate and motivate your students? Dive into our incredible bundle offering 30+ weeks of STEM lessons, activities, and projects designed to streamline your planning and inspire your future scientists and engineers. Grab this FREE lesson to try it out today! Our STEM […]

How to Create Magical Valentines with LED Lights

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By Trilby Hillenbrand Check out this STEM project perfect for Valentine’s Day. Your middle school students students will love learning about circuits, using their creativity, and creating one-of-a-kind Valentines with LED lights to give to their family and friends. Read on for a step-by-step guide to this illuminating educational experience. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate […]

Boosting Engagement and Learning: The Magic of Stem Choice Boards

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Are you looking for innovative ways to boost engagement and promote active learning in your STEM classroom? Look no further than STEM choice boards!  STEM choice boards provide students with the autonomy to choose their own learning path, sparking their curiosity and motivating them to dive deeper into the subject matter. By offering a range […]

Your Guide to STEM Professional Development for Teachers

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As STEM education becomes increasingly important in today’s job market, it’s crucial for teachers to stay up-to-date with the latest teaching methods and technologies. However, it can be difficult to find professional development designed for STEM teachers… STEM is NOT an “I do, we do, you do,” type of class. The PD we need is […]

5 Tips for a Fantastic First Day of STEM Class

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It’s that time… Summer is ending, and our brains are switching back to school mode.  You may be wondering “What should I do on the first day of STEM?” Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here are five things to do on your first day of school (and beyond) that will help you get started […]

The Importance of STEM Education for Middle Schoolers

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STEM is a field that’s rapidly growing in importance in today’s job market. In fact, STEM careers are projected to grow 10.8% between 2021 and 2031, compared to just 4.9% growth for all other occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022). But here’s the catch: only 20% of US high school graduates are actually prepared […]

Creating Effective STEM Lesson Plans: Tips and Tricks

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STEM education at its core is about applying science, technology, engineering and math skills and knowledge to solve problems. Therefore, the focus of STEM lesson plans should be on developing students’ problem-solving abilities.  Therefore, STEM lesson plans usually consist of longer term projects where students are doing the majority of the work and teachers are […]

Why STEM Projects Make Awesome End of Year Lesson Plans

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As the school year comes to a close, introducing STEM projects can be an exciting and engaging way for students to wrap up their studies! From boosting creativity and problem-solving skills to inspiring teamwork and positive communication, STEM activities make for meaningful end of year lesson plans that can benefit students in countless ways. Short […]

Fun End-of-Year STEM Projects for Middle School

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Looking to keep your students engaged until summer? Look no further than our collection of end-of-year STEM projects! Spanning a variety of topics and levels, these exciting activities will help your students continue learning and having fun while they wait for the school season to end. Short on time? Grab a ready-to-go end-of-year STEM project […]