Strategies and Activities for Grades 4-8

Get the School Year Off to a STEM Start!

Anne shares a great animated video from the National Academy of Sciences that gives a concise overview of “integrated STEM” and what it might look like in your classroom. After you watch, check all the resources she’s prepared to help teachers facilitate STEM learning.

STEM & Summer Learning Loss

Let’s put a stop to summer learning loss! Summer is a great time for informal learning and, given the right opportunities, kids can continue thinking, experiencing, and learning. Take a look at these ideas for STEM applications and see if any work for your kids.

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.