Welcome to STEM by Design

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I’m truly glad you’re here!

If you enjoy being at the cutting edge of education, then you’re going to love being a part of STEM. I’m passionate about STEM and about education, but I’ve found that passion alone isn’t enough. Teaching STEM takes knowledge, energy, and persistence.

I wrote STEM by Design, Lessons and activities for Grades 4–8, to give you a jumpstart in creating a dynamic STEM classroom. But I also intend it to give you the momentum to refine and sustain your efforts, and to help you create lessons and accept that it’s okay if your lesson initially flops. I want you to learn to build and rebuild those STEM lessons to create learning experiences that cultivate kids who can successfully tackle STEM challenges.

Wrapping our minds around great STEM learning

STEM-girls-feature-optionIf you’re a teacher, or an educator who supports teachers in their efforts to implement genuine STEM in classrooms (including afterschool and Career and Technical Education) then I am passionate about your success as well. You’ll find help in my book. You’ll also find ideas throughout this website, including my personal blog.

You’re going to be glad you’re here! Check out my STEM blog at MiddleWeb as well for the latest commentary on the “state of STEM.” It’s all geared toward helping you be a better STEM teacher and STEM leader, and helping you wrap your mind around what that means.

Most of all, let’s collaborate. As you read entries and resources, take a moment to share ideas, questions or favorite resources in the Comments. You can count on me to join your conversations.

This is also the page to ask questions about things you’ve read in my book.

STEM education will be a great thing for 21st century kids, if we all work together to make it so!

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Anne Jolly

Anne Jolly began her career as a lab scientist, caught the science teaching bug, and was recognized as an Alabama Teacher of the Year during her years as a middle grades science teacher. From 2007-2014 Anne was part of an NSF-funded team that developed middle grades STEM curriculum modules and teacher PD materials for the Mobile Area Education Foundation's Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYE) initiative. Anne has also teamed with science and math teachers to help them develop and implement their own STEM curriculum. Her book STEM By Design: Strategies & Activities for Grades 4-8 was published by Routledge/MiddleWeb in July 2016.

4 Responses

  1. Caroline Goode says:

    Congratulations, Anne! Your book will be a hit with any teacher looking for a STEM guide, as well as, any teachers who already have immersed their students in STEM.

  2. Vicki A. Foster, Ph.D. says:

    Hi, Anne! I am a graduate adjunct instructor at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. I am in the process of writing a STEM Capstone course for teachers wishing to receive their endorsement in STEM teaching (either K-8 or 5-8). I just happened upon your website and am so impressed by your teaching tools. I would like permission to use some of them in my course (specifically Design Tools 5.1, 6.1, 8.2, and 9.1). Would you please let me know what I need to do to obtain permission? I very much appreciate your consideration of this request.

    • Anne Jolly says:

      Hi, Vicki,

      You certainly have permission to use teaching tools from my website in your course. Please feel free to do so.

      Anne Jolly

  3. John Sharp says:

    HI Anne,

    My name is John Sharp (ASU Preparatory Academies), and I am creating some professional development for the teachers in my district relating to STEM. I would like to use some of the resources from your site. In addition, I would like to use your article, “Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson,” published in Education Week. Obviously, I would provide the appropriate citations and give you credit for your amazing work! I appreciate your consideration of this request.

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