How Playing Outside Increases Science Understanding and Real World Learning 

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on March 19, 2018

 

Outdoor play has always been an important part of childhood. Imaginative play, exploratory discovery, and real-world learning — these are just a few of the many benefits of playing outside, and this can also be a great place for engaging kids in science concepts. 

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Topics: high school, PreK & Kindergarten, STEMrangers Science Night, Middle School, STEM Ed News

Increasing Science Understanding Outside of the Classroom

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on February 02, 2018

 

Figuring out the mechanics behind the bottle-rocket, testing the solutions that made a volcano erupt, and exploring entomology through various bug collections were just some of the top science exploration activities many can recall growing up and they all have had a profound impact on science understanding. These three staple activities, however, are not the only ways that students have access to real-world experiments during the new age of 21st Century classrooms and advanced technology. 

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Topics: Teacher Tips, high school, STEMscopes, PreK & Kindergarten, Middle School, Hands-on lessons

How Makerspace Has Positively Impacted Student Engagement

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on January 26, 2018

 

Do you want to help your students become more engaged in STEM education? Many teachers are finding student engagement can greatly increase when they are part of a makerspace environment. Makerspace is a term that is used in a variety of environments as a way to create an authentic learning experience. By definition, makerspace means 'student-centered learning'. A classroom may be set up with different makerspace workstations, or social spaces, where students create, brainstorm, share, and learn through hands-on learning. Through this form of learning, teachers partner with students to help direct their education and find solutions through their own problem-solving. 

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Topics: high school, Middle School, Dive In Engineering, Hands-on lessons

How to Teach Engineering Concepts in the 21st Century Classroom

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on January 12, 2018

Buildings, bridges, roads, and other infrastructure all share one key component— individuals who specialized in engineering worked on all of them. Engineering is a branch of science and technology that specifically concerns the design, construction, and use of engines, machines, and structures. Students come into contact or view these structures every day, but do they know how they came to be, or know abut the basic engineering concepts that put them there? Now more than ever, schoolrooms have evolved into 21st century classrooms— settings that use advanced technology and new teaching methods— and teachers are looking for more effective and engaging ways to teach engineering concepts. 

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Topics: Teacher Tips, high school, PreK & Kindergarten, Middle School, Dive In Engineering, Hands-on lessons

5 Project-Based Learning Activities That Will Actively Engage Students

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on January 05, 2018

 

STEM teaching across all grade levels can be a challenge when you're trying to increase student understanding while making sure your lessons are both engaging and demonstrate student comprehension of the lesson. 

Besides helping aid in student understanding, PBLs provide a real-world take on application of STEM principles. Spanning elementary through high school grade levels, project-based learning activities can be flexibly designed and utilized. Smart lessons, like those found in the STEMscopes suite, utilize project-based learning activities and ensure that they are properly aligned to grade level and standard while being a part of an activity continuum. 

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Topics: Teacher Tips, high school, PreK & Kindergarten, Middle School, Hands-on lessons