clock icon April 4, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

Building an Impactful Afterschool STEM Curriculum

Having a STEM curriculum available in afterschool programs is more important than ever, especially since there is such a demand for afterschool programs. Youth.gov finds that nearly 10.2 million children and youth participate in afterschool programs annually, with that number growing every year.

clock icon March 31, 2022 user icon Jordani Sarreal

5th Grade STEM Curriculum

Developing a Curriculum for 5th Grade STEM Education

The core concepts taught in 5th grade STEM bring together the foundational fluencies students have developed in their earlier education. At the 5th grade level, these ideas merge to bring scientific principles to life and show students how the concepts of STEM affect their everyday lives.

clock icon March 23, 2022 user icon Jordani Sarreal

After-School STEM Programs: A Bridge to Opportunity

How to create an effective after-school program for your community and enhance the STEM ecosystem with out-of-school educational programs. Learning goes far beyond the classroom. Our communities, activities, and interactions outside of school hours have been long-time contributors to how young learners interact with and view the world around them.

clock icon March 9, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

Why Offering STEM Labs K-8 is Crucial

For students in Kindergarten through the 8th grade, getting STEM education early and consistently throughout their education is deeply important. That’s why, at Kid Spark Education we’re happy to offer STEM Labs for students in PreK-8. We want to help foster a love of problem solving and scientific thinking that can support students throughout their lives. Because STEM is such an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to learning, it engages kids in meaningful and collaborative work that mirrors real life.

clock icon February 25, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

5 Key Features of an Engaged Elementary School STEM Classroom

Working with educational institutions all over, at Kid Spark Education, we’re always thrilled to see engaged and thriving elementary school STEM classrooms. That’s because for us, STEM isn't a buzzword— it's a powerful way to nurture students' natural curiosity, build confidence inside the classroom and out, and foster collaborative problem solving. 

clock icon February 10, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

Implementing Kid Spark Learning in Your 6th Grade STEM Curriculum

Having opportunities for hands-on learning is essential for any 6th Grade STEM curriculum, which is why we’re so glad to be able to offer our STEM Pathways Lab to allow students entering Middle School to explore concepts in structural & mechanical engineering, physics, rapid prototyping & 3D printing, computer science, and robotics.

clock icon January 28, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

Middle School STEM Labs: What Your Students Can Learn

According to a 2020 study sponsored by Code.org, fewer than half of US schools offer a computer science curriculum. With students facing a more technological future, getting STEM training throughout their educational journey is more important than ever.

clock icon January 14, 2022 user icon Jordani Sarreal

Teaching Integrated STEM Education

The subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have been proven to enhance a student’s education across all subject areas. The skills that students learn through STEM studies support essential life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, and creativity.

clock icon January 7, 2022 user icon Katy Koop

5 Reasons to Bolster Your Classroom’s STEM Math Curriculum

The M in STEM, Mathematics, is absolutely crucial to any school’s STEM program. Just as our programs at Kid Spark Education support engineering, technology, and science, focusing on your school’s STEM math curriculum is paramount for setting up students for success. 

clock icon December 30, 2021 user icon Katy Koop

Update: Introducing Updated Programs For STEM Education

Continuing our mission to provide STEM learning opportunities for students in pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade, we’re thrilled to announce updated versions of our two STEM programs. These programs are equipped with a variety of reusable engineering materials that range from basic building blocks to programmable robotics.

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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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