Kitty Taylor

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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.

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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.

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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!

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5 Fun Summer STEM Activities for Second Graders

Second grade is an exciting time for students learning STEM, as they begin to build on concepts established in previous years to have a more comprehensive view of the subjects. The summer breaks before and after second grade are therefore crucial times for students to continue to engage with STEM through hands-on activities, exploration, reading, and more.

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Incorporating STEM Activities into the Summer

Summer can be the most exciting time of year for students, full of sunshine and free time, away from the stresses of school. While traditional thinking may expect students to disengage with academics during the summer, this time of year can actually offer a great opportunity to continue STEM learning and instill a passion for STEM in students of all grade levels.

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The Importance of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in STEM Education

Students of all backgrounds deserve a quality STEM education, yet that still remains out of reach at many schools. It’s no surprise that issues like equity, accessibility, and inclusivity are top of mind for educators in STEM fields, which cover science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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10 Top Trends in STEM Education to Follow in 2023

As STEM education continues to evolve, we’re tracking the latest trends. As the educational crisis continues, many teachers and other educators across the country are focusing their efforts on engaging students with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

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Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing Activities for Middle School STEM

Generate classroom engagement in STEM and create future engineers with exciting 3D printing projects. When it comes to capturing students’ attention and interest, middle school teachers may find 3D printing and rapid prototyping to be particularly impactful learning tools, giving the young learners the chance to create something tangible out of seemingly nothing.

clock icon March 21, 2023 user icon Kitty Taylor

5 Ways Kid Spark Education Helps Declining Elementary Math Scores

Young students can overcome their fears with hands-on learning that makes learning an enjoyable experience. Math has a storied reputation in education, with the mere thought of an upcoming math test or a challenging homework problem triggering a fight or flight response in elementary students across the nation.

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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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