clock icon September 15, 2022 user icon Jordani Sarreal

STEM Enrichment: A Guide for Administrators

How to fit STEM enrichment curriculum into your school in additional to your core classroom curriculum. As a school administrator, you recognize the importance of early exposure and consistent education in the subjects of STEM. Even so, you might still be wondering, “How am I going to fit STEM curriculum into an already packed day?”

clock icon September 2, 2022 user icon Jordani Sarreal

A Guide to EANS Funding in 2022

In 2021, the second round of Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) was issued through the American Rescue Plan Act with a total of $2.75 billion in additional funding. Some of these funds are still available and can be used for enriching curriculum with STEM education programs like Kid Spark’s pre-K–8 STEM learning labs.

clock icon August 26, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

8 Best Picks for STEM Reading in Elementary School Classrooms

At Kid Spark Education, in our work providing STEM education early and consistently, we’re well aware that there are a variety of ways to bolster a love of STEM learning in the classroom. For elementary school students in particular, there are so many books that teach about science, technology, engineering, and math.

clock icon July 5, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

Quick Guide: How Our School STEM Kits Support NGSS

At Kid Spark Education, we help schools and educational service providers disrupt the pattern of educational inequity by providing STEM kits and programming early and consistently for elementary school students. To bridge the opportunity gap for STEM learning, we align our curriculum with standards designed to help teach a love of STEM.

clock icon June 28, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

Introducing STEM Early: 4 Key Skills STEM Kits Teach in Preschool

During the earliest years, infants and toddlers develop 700 neural connections every second. These biologically driven neurological processes and natural curiosity of how the world works make early childhood an optimal time to introduce children to scientific inquiry.

clock icon June 21, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

5 Ways STEM Kits Can Boost Confidence for Girls

At Kid Spark Education, we’re well aware of the lack of confidence many young women have in STEM. Girls, as they enter puberty, start to lose confidence in STEM, which cuts off so much talent across STEM disciplines. In fact, as a part of a partnership with the authors of The Confidence Code for Girls, Ypulse conducted a nationwide quantitative online survey of 1394 8-18-year-olds and their parents/guardians.

clock icon June 14, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

5 Ways STEM Kits Create Engaged Learning in Kindergarten

Getting STEM education as soon as possible is so important for early childhood education. That’s why our Foundational Fluencies STEM kits can be used in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Our Foundational Fluencies Program focuses on helping young students develop important competencies that are prerequisite for a lifetime of STEM learning.

clock icon June 9, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

Using STEM Kits For Elementary School Learning

At Kid Spark Education, we support STEM learning during this important time with our STEM labs through our programming. Through our Foundational Fluencies and STEM Pathways programs, we inspire collaborative learning and a lifelong love of engineering thinking.

clock icon May 12, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

STEM Curriculum for Elementary Schools

Starting STEM education early sets students up for educational success in and out of the STEM subjects. With the critical thinking, creative problem solving, and logical reasoning skills learned through early STEM fluency, young learners are able to adapt more quickly and embrace the world around them with curiosity and confidence.

clock icon April 30, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

4 Reasons Elementary STEM Kits Add Value

Having access to STEM education is so important, but it’s not just a matter of having a couple STEM kits and activities. All the way through elementary school and middle school, students need access to full STEM programming curriculum in order to truly build STEM identity and technology fluency.

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Go beyond the buzzword with Kid Spark.

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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