Elementary Engineering

STEAM Café Resources – Our Top 5 Posts of 2019

We wanted to share our most popular blogs of 2019 with you. We hope these resources will help you start 2020 strong! These posts offer a variety of free downloads, STEAM/STEM activities, and tips. If you would like to see more of this kind of content from us, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, …

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Snowflake STEM

Teaching Snowflake STEM in K-5

Elementary STEM Activities Last week, we ran a free webinar on “Teaching Snowflake STEM in K-5.” We took the concept of a snowflake lesson and we made it more hands-on, inquiry-based and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Snowflakes are an activity you can teach throughout the winter months, whether or not it snows …

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Elementary STEM Circuits

STEM Makeover: How to Throw a STEAM Holiday Party with Simple Circuits and Old Christmas Lights

 Circuits: Making Connections with Hands-on Learning, Basic Materials, and Tools Got some old festive tree lights laying around the house? Don’t throw them out. You can turn them into a curiosity center where students can explore the basics of electric current. They can be used for a variety of hands-on learning projects, like creating …

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STEM Makeover: Gingerbread Houses

STEM Makeover! Gingerbread Houses: How to Turn Your Activity Into Authentic STEM

 Building gingerbread houses is a popular classroom activity this time of year. Although the activity can be craft-based (ergo, everyone does the same craft, and it’s just about your students creating something that they can bring home) here’s our STEAM makeover version that hits math and NGSS! Any project that involves building can be …

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Elementary Makerspace

How to Equip Your Makerspace for Under $200

 More and more, teachers are looking to empower their students to be creators, makers, and engineers. In the land of open-ended problem-solving, few things are more enticing than creating a makerspace. But what exactly should go in a makerspace? What would a makerspace look like if you spent less than $200 setting it up? …

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