STEM for Middle Schoolers: A Guide for Teaching STEM at the Middle School Level

How to inspire confident STEM learners, engage middle school students in hands-on learning activities, and other resources for middle school STEM teachers.

The middle school years mark the transition from elementary school to high school. In these few formative years, students transition from a single teacher to multiple teachers, from general studies to more focused subjects, and from a class of peers to multiple classes with numerous peers.

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STEM for Classrooms: Building a Culture of Curiosity

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Robotics STEM Kits for the Classroom

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

Preschool is a key time to introduce young learners to the foundational fluencies of science, technology, engineering, and math through STEM kits. That’s because these early years are a crucial time for brain development. As Buchter explains in this reporting by the University of Nevada

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5 Ways STEM Kits Create Engaged Learning in Kindergarten

 

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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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Benefits of STEM After School Programs

With already packed curriculums, we understand that for many schools it’s difficult to add additional opportunities for STEM into class time. That’s why we’re a big fan of STEM afterschool programs, because they give students opportunities to learn new skills while they socialize with their classmates. 

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STEM Activities for Children: Tips for  Homeschooling Parents

After ten years of research on STEM education for preschoolers and elementary students, we've got a lot to say about the importance of block play for young children as well as the importance of STEM mentors. In fact, our research shows that mentors (teachers, parents, grandparents....) aren't simply important—they're critical in helping children feel confident and capable in STEM.

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Suddenly homeschooling? How to use the Design & Engineering Process in STEM activities with your kids

Good news: Kids are already using the Design & Engineering Process

That means your job is to simply help your kids understand what they're already doing naturally. Take a look at a few real-world examples of the Design & Engineering Process that kids are already involved in, and notice what these things all have in common.

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What is STEM Education and How Do I Teach It? - For Parents

If you’re like a lot of parents (who may be newly homeschooling your elementary-aged kids), you've heard a lot about STEM education lately. Maybe you're looking for ways to incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning into the curriculum provided by your child's teacher, or you're looking for educational enrichment you can do to bring STEM home.

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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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