The Best STEM Resources to Start the School Year Off Right
The Best STEM Resources to Start the School Year Off Right
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Having a well-rounded STEM education is critical for today’s students, as is encouraging innovation, authentic learning, and experimentation in the classroom. Teachers looking to strengthen their students’ STEM skills while implementing those values can turn to these great resources, filled with unique lessons and applications to the real world. 

  • Hands-On STEAM Explorations for Young Learners (Pre-K–Grade 2) uses popular children’s nursery rhymes to explore STEAM concepts through minds-on, hands-on investigations. Teachers will appreciate the easy-to-follow layout, connections to advanced learning, and easy-to-access materials in each investigation. Innovation, wonder, and fun are at the heart of each of these explorations.

  • Inspiring Innovation and Creativity in Young Learners (Pre-K–Grade 3) helps our youngest learners bridge the gap from play-based learning to innovation. This book features specific strategies, organizers, thinking starters, and easy-to-implement STEAM mini-lessons that encourage critical and creative thinking in students.

  • Could You Live Underwater? (Grades 4–5) invites students to engage with issues they care about while building the skills they need for the future. The book helps students utilize design thinking to ideate, prototype, and test, conducting experiments along the way and applying their findings about the properties of water to their work.

  • 10 Performance-Based STEM Projects series. Each book provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Included for each project are a suggested calendar to allow teachers to easily plan a schedule, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain an understanding of what they are doing, as well as multiple rubrics that can be used to objectively assess the performance of students. 

  • Hands-On series. These books immerse students in the world of real-life ecologists, archaeologists, engineers, chemists, and physicists. Through engaging authentic learning experiences, students will explore ecological habitats, discover artifacts, create innovative solutions to design and engineering challenges, and engage in fascinating experiments while building STEM skills.