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.

clock icon August 24, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

Fun Back-to-School STEM Projects for Middle School Classes

It’s that time of year again when students are readjusting to classroom life after a summer without semesters, report cards, or passing periods. For middle school students, the “summer slide” can distract them from engaging in classroom activities and discussions or losing interest in school subjects they may have thoroughly enjoyed before.

clock icon August 11, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

Cultivating STEM Identity in Elementary School Students

The fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are at the forefront of today’s modern innovations and inventions, but without a positive STEM identity in early education, students may end up avoiding STEM subjects for the remainder of their academic careers.

clock icon July 28, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

10 STEM Education Myths, Busted

Looking at the expansive growth of STEM education in the last ten years, you might be surprised to learn that so many antiquated myths around STEM education still prevail.

clock icon July 14, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

How to Support Visual Learners in Elementary School STEM

Supporting visual learners in the elementary classroom is crucial for creating an inclusive and engaging STEM learning environment. By recognizing and implementing strategies that cater to their unique learning style, educators can empower their visual learning students and equip them with confidence around the STEM subjects.

clock icon June 27, 2023 user icon Jordani Sarreal

Engineering Basics for Elementary School Students

How to Introduce STEM Engineering Concepts to Your Elementary Classroom

clock icon May 26, 2023 user icon Kitty Taylor

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.

clock icon May 15, 2023 user icon Kitty Taylor

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.

clock icon April 28, 2023 user icon Kitty Taylor

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.

clock icon April 18, 2023 user icon Kitty Taylor

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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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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