Get Your Guide to Computer Science Education Week 2022

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I’ve been looking forward to Computer Science Education Week 2022 since December 2021! 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 […]

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 and if they are paying attention and working hard, they should be able to get a “good” grade […]

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 that are an awesome addition […]

Real World Robots Research Project

Real World Robots and dog robot

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 rigorous learning, including: A graphic […]

Starting robotics in middle school

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This resource will help you with starting a robotics course in middle school by teaching students the basics. In this printable and digital lesson, students will explore their background knowledge about robots and learn the basic components and characteristics of robots through class discussion and a webquest activity. What will students learn? The lesson begins […]

How to get started with robotics

First Days of Robotics

Introducing students to the basics of robotics can be tricky! This complete unit will show you how to get started with robotics and develop a great foundation that your students can build on throughout any robotics course while having a lot of fun! With over 100 pages of print and digital resources, you’ll have 3 […]

5 tips for effective group work in STEM

Tips for Managing middle school STEM Group Work

As a new STEM teacher, my number one challenge was getting my middle school students to work together. It seems easy… Put kids in a group, give them a fun task, and be nearby to answer questions, give out materials, and help troubleshoot. But in reality, it’s not so pretty. Kids refuse to work with […]

RoboWeek in middle school: 5 ways to celebrate!

Roboweek in middle school

It’s here!!! April 2-10, 2022 is National Robotics Week (otherwise known as RoboWeek). This is the perfect time to introduce your students to the wonderful world of robotics! Robots are here. We interact with them daily. But do your students understand what a robot is? How they are created? Why we use them? How a […]

What makes great sub plans in STEM?

We all know taking a day off of school can be more work than it is to go in and teach for the day. For STEM teachers, creating or finding great sub plans can be an even greater challenge, because many substitute teachers don’t have experience in our content area and our courses are usually […]