About a year ago, it was suggested to me by my supervisor at Staff Development for Educators (SDE) that I try to develop some STEM projects for my class and try to include them in some of the sessions that I present at their conferences. (For a complete list of my upcoming presentations, please click here!) My first thought was, “Uh... why would I want to teach about stem cells in Kindergarten?” And then my next question was, “What is STEM?” (Unfortunately, this only revealed my own ignorance in the subject, LOL!) For those of you that are still in the dark regarding this topic like I was, the term “STEM” in relation to edu-speak refers to projects that integrate all four of these subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math. Hence the term, STEM! So for the purpose of this blog post, this discussion has NOTHING to do with stem cells at all, thankfully! And as far as the “engineering” part of it is concerned, all the children have to do is simply build something. SO..., in this project, they would need to use the scientific method, and perhaps hypothesize, predict, conclude, etc. They would need to use technology in it somehow, such as a camera, iPad, document camera, etc. They would need to build something, or try to “invent” something. And then they would need to use their math skills somehow, by counting, estimating, sorting, dividing (sharing equally), etc. According to SDE, there is grant money out there for teachers that create STEM projects! Hmm, very interesting!!! Now I just need to figure out where to apply for it!!!!
|Some of the children made VERY large cubes!|
|One student made this fabulous house! She told me that it was the|
"Leaning Tower of Pisa!" LOL!
|Another child made this structure that resembles a pyramid.|
|Here is a cube that a child made with some diagonals for strength.|
|This is my sample cube, made with diagonals for strength.|
|This is the large cube made with double walled spaghetti noodles, diagonals,|
and extra marshmallows for strength! A Kindergarten student did this all by himself.
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|These are some pictures from our first attempt at making marshmallow structures! Pin me!|
I loved the results of this activity! I would love to think of some more STEM activities that are Kindergarten appropriate! Do you know of any? I did find one Kindergarten STEM site with lots of activities on it, but I would like to find more. Can you share them by leaving a comment? (I love comments!!!) Thanks!