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STEM Learning for Elementary Students: NOT an Option!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) IS the future for our children. The U.S. Department of Labor listed the 10 fastest growing occupations from 2008 to 2018, they all were STEM-related. The earlier students experience STEM classes as fun, the more likely they will pursue STEM-related careers.
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STEM Learning for Elementary Students: NOT an Option!
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This is a five-minute You Tube showing multiple examples of elementary students engaged in STEM projects. This would be a good overview for someone who needs to see actual examples. The video concludes with commentary from students, telling what they like about STEM learning projects.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This blog page has five screens full of annotated websites for students. Examples are “Kids do Ecology”, “Weather-Wiz Kids”, and “Lifeboat to Mars” (a free on-line game.)
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    The 10 Best STEM Resources

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    Freda Farmer says:
    This page from the National Education Association provides lesson plans, teacher guides, video clips, and more for K-12 and science games for grades 3-5. The STEM Education Resource Center alone provides 4,000 STEM resources. Also included is a 106-page compendium of Best Practices in STEM Education.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This 5 ½ minute video (also from the sciencenetlinks.com site) explains the role of reading in STEM education. It also stresses that scientific literature “fulfills Common Core language arts standards for the inclusion of ‘informational texts.’
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This should be the go-to site for any K-12 teacher learning about or preparing STEM lessons. The four major tabs (Lessons, Tools, Collections, Tools, Afterschool, and Resources) are all customizable by grade. No matter what grade or topic or activity you are looking for, you will find something here. Each tab is filled with as much information as some entire websites alone have. My personal favorites are "Lessons" and "Tools" because you can search on both of these tabs by grade and theme.
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    The Importance of STEM Learning in Elementary Schools

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    Freda Farmer says:
    This is another convincing article on the importance of involving elementary students in STEM learning. Although STEM-focused lessons may look like play, they actually give students the foundation “for developing skills that will be . . . [essential] in their STEM education outcomes over time.”
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This 1 minute 45 second You Tube summarizes the key benefits of STEM education. An excellent resource to share with parents who are visual learners. It would also work well in the classroom in particular because a young girl provides the narration. The video opens with numerous scenes of classrooms where students are being ACTIVE, moving around and obviosly having fun. High-qualty infographics are interspersed but only briefly - not long enough to distact a student or a parent.
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    sciencepioneers.org

    Why STEM Education Is Important For Everyone

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    Freda Farmer says:
    This is an excellent article to share with parents or anyone else who doubts the utility of STEM learning beginning in elementary school. The website where this article resides has excellent resources for teachers, students, and parents.
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    Freda Farmer says:
    This page from www.weareteachers.com gives a STEM lesson plan for elementary students. Focusing on early learning, physics, and science this lesson plan requires only the cheapest of materials: Pennies, pop sickle sticks, index cards, and cups. Students at four work stations predict then record results of their experiments with pennies.
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Anne GreyUpper Elementary Lower Elementary Science The ArtsDecember 07, 2016
I am working with 3rd and 5th STEAM grades on this project. One of the first things that the oldest group said after watching the short film "Famous Failures" about what is "failure"? "Failure is when you expect yourself to win and you don't win." I find it interesting to note that this is a very strong example of a fixed mindset. The students seem clearly closed to looking at it any other way. Then we went on to changing that!