Strategies and Activities for Grades 4-8

8 Tips for Planning Summer STEM Fun

Summer is almost here and it’s time for kids to officially forget everything they learned during the school year. Right? Well, maybe not right, writes STEM expert Anne Jolly, if schools, communities, and families keep the learning going. She has eight ideas!

Use Mini-Lessons to Launch STEM Projects

A STEM launcher is a mini-lesson that reminds students to adopt an engineer’s mindset as they tackle and solve problems using the engineering design process. It’s helpful anytime you need to channel middle school energy in a productive way. Here’s one ready-made!

What’s So New or Different about STEM?

The first thing to wrap your head around as a STEM teacher is this: “What will I be teaching?” When you hear the word STEM, what answer comes to mind? Simply put, STEM is not a subject or a content area. And STEM is not comprised of four independent subjects.

7 Solid Reasons to Involve Students in STEM

Why is everyone talking about the importance of STEM for today’s students? In this excerpt from STEM by Design, author Anne Jolly offers seven compelling reasons for STEM studies, as we think about what it means to live and prosper in the 21st century.

28 STEM By Design Teaching Tools

Anne Jolly’s book STEM by Design includes 28 design tools. These resources will help STEM teachers and program leaders create curriculum, write lessons, build student teams, and engage colleagues and communities. You’ll find free downloads at this page!