clock icon May 24, 2024 user icon Kitty Taylor

Educator Guide: Effective STEM Classroom Design

STEM is here to stay. The subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have become a foundational part of the educational journey, with educators across the country figuring out how to effectively incorporate STEM into their classrooms.

clock icon April 11, 2024 user icon Kitty Taylor

Teaching Digital Literacy & STEM

Digital literacy is a crucial aspect of a strong STEM education, yet it’s not always addressed as a part of the curriculum. In fact, some educators may assume students are “digital natives” because of their generation, not realizing that digital literacy is a framework that must be taught.

clock icon January 30, 2024 user icon Kitty Taylor

10 STEM Education Trends to Watch in 2024

The current state of education is a regular topic of news and conversation across the nation. In 2024, the subjects of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) will continue to be foundational to the latest developments in education and essential to many of the most in-demand career pathways.

clock icon January 22, 2024 user icon Kitty Taylor

12 Interactive Middle School STEM Activities & Challenges

The middle school years are a crucial time for students to develop their academic skills in all subjects, including the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For students to fully develop a strong STEM identity, they need to participate in hands-on activities and projects that help them comprehensively understand key concepts.

clock icon January 11, 2024 user icon Kitty Taylor

Our Favorite STEM Books for Students and Teachers

The new year brings new resolutions. For many students, teachers, and parents, an achievable and important resolution is to read more books—and some of those books might just focus on our favorite STEM subjects!

clock icon December 20, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

Guide to Education Grants: How to Get Funding for Your STEM Program

A comprehensive guide to education grants for school and district administrators. Learn about the different types of grants available, how to find grants you qualify for, and tips for writing a winning grant proposal.

clock icon November 27, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

How to Start a STEM Program in Your School District

A step-by-step guide to bringing a comprehensive STEM program to the schools in your district

clock icon November 17, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

7 Elementary STEM Activities for Fall

Fall into STEM with these exciting STEM activities for kindergarten to 5th-grade classrooms.

clock icon October 25, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

Computer Science and Robotics in Elementary and Middle School STEM

As STEM education becomes increasingly vital for students’ success in a rapidly evolving technological world, many elementary and middle schools are looking to incorporate more robust computer science and robotics programs into their curricula.

clock icon October 13, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

Understanding NGSS Standards for Elementary and Middle School

A complete guide to NGSS with everything you need to know about the Next Generation Science Standards.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have transformed STEM education across the U.S. In this article, we’ll answer the most common questions about NGSS and explore what the Next Generation Science Standards are, their purpose and benefits, and how to find STEM curriculum for elementary and middle school that aligns with NGSS practices. 

Whether you are a teacher, administrator, parent, or community member, this comprehensive guide will help you understand the impact of NGSS and how to introduce these standards to your school or district.

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At Kid Spark Education, STEM isn't a buzzword: it's a powerful way to nurture students' natural curiosity; build confidence and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math; and foster abilities in collaboration, problem-solving, and communication. You, their teachers, are our most important partner in achieving our mission of preparing all children for a lifetime of learning about science and technology. The Kid Spark Blog is written by educators, for educators to be a resource in your toolbox so you can feel confident and capable in teaching STEM to your elementary students. 

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