A STEM Curriculum to Inspire Middle School Scientists and Engineers

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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.

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 […]

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 […]

Biomedical Engineering STEM Activity with Animal Prosthetics for Middle School

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Exposing students to new career paths and showing them real-world applications is an important part of STEM class! Many students are surprised to learn that some engineers work with animals. In this biomedical engineering STEM activity, students are introduced to three animals, Bob the alligator, Bruce the parrot, and Snoopy the cat. Each potential client […]

Using rubrics for assessment in STEM education

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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 are learning about civil engineering, […]

Choosing a middle school STEM curriculum

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Today’s students need to be prepared for technology and engineering jobs that don’t exist today. STEM education is awesome! It builds students’ problem-solving skills that will benefit them in any future STEM career (Click here for more information on STEM-based education). But… How do you choose a great middle school STEM curriculum? What should you […]

What are the steps of the engineering design process? 

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If you’re teaching a STEM class, the engineering design process will be one of the most important parts of your curriculum. But what exactly is it? And what are the steps of the engineering design process? Read on to find out! What is the engineering design process? The engineering design process is a problem solving […]

What is STEM based education?

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So, you are teaching STEM. It’s awesome! It’s exciting! And so much fun! But starting a STEM class can also be overwhelming and confusing. What is STEM based education? What do I need to teach my students in STEM class? How can I start my STEM class strong?  Keep reading to feel confident going into […]

Engineering Design Process Lesson Plans

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Introducing the engineering design process to new STEM students is tricky. These engineering design process lesson plans will help your students become expert problem solvers and meet middle school engineering standards, while having a lot of fun! With over 220 pages of print and digital resources, you’ll have 5 weeks of rigorous and engaging instruction […]