Showing posts with label STEM Lesson Plans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label STEM Lesson Plans. Show all posts

Sunday, November 20, 2022

STEAM Lessons About the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a little tradition in my house just like it is in millions of other homes in the United States. For the last few years Macy's has offered some hands-on STEAM lessons related to the parade. 

Parade 101 features four video demonstrations of hands-on activities that students can do at home with their parents or in your classroom. The four activities include inflating balloons through the use of baking soda and vinegar, designing balloons for the parade, making and using sculping dough, and building model floats. All of the videos include lists of needed supplies. 

I like all four of the activities. If I was to recommend one for Thanksgiving day it would be building model floats or designing because they can be done with cardboard, paper, glue, markers, and other common household materials that don't make a mess and don't have to be done in a kitchen. That said, I think the most fun one is the inflating balloons activity. 

In addition to the videos and STEAM projects Parade 101 offers some printable coloring sheets and puzzles. An interactive timeline of the history of the parade is still available to view as well. 

Finally, if you are looking for some history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade videos, take a look at the following videos that I've shared in the past. 

History of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.



The History of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Free STEM Toolkit for Librarians

Last week while looking for directions for a soda pop experiment I refined my search to show just PDFs. When I did that I came across a PDF from the Idaho Commission for Libraries. That PDF is titled A Toolkit for Libraries Providing STEM Outreach Activities

A Toolkit for Libraries Providing STEM Outreach Activities contains directions for ten hands-on STEM activities that can be done with elementary school students. The list of activities that you will find in the toolkit include rubber band helicopters, DIY pattern blocks, and Puzzling Packets (an activity for explaining how the Internet functions). 

A Toolkit for Libraries Providing STEM Outreach Activities includes directions for each of the ten activities, vocabulary lists for each activity, links to additional supporting resources, and suggested strategies for extending each lesson. And for those who would like some ideas on how to get students and parents excited about these activities, there is a page of suggested marketing strategies at the end of toolkit. 


Take a look at the links below for even more STEM resources:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Dozens of Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering

Try Engineering is a site that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get students interested in engineering. The lesson plans are arranged according age and engineering topic. The lesson plans can be downloaded as PDFs.

The games section of Try Engineering features dozens of online games. Some of the games were developed specifically for Try Engineering while others are hosted on other educational sites like those of NASA and PBS. Like the lesson plans, the games collection cover a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.

The games section of Try Engineering also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that students can use to learn about engineering and programming.

Applications for Education
The games found on Try Engineering are appropriate for middle school and elementary school use. The games could be good activities for students to try after you have used one of the Try Engineering lesson plans addressing a game topic.

Some of the lesson plans address concepts that are appropriate for high school students.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Free Hands-on STEM Lesson Plans and Projects

"Hacking STEM" was one of the initiatives that Microsoft was heavily promoting at the BETT Show last month. I asked a few Microsoft employees what "hacking STEM" meant. They all replied with explanations that centered on the idea of providing teachers with hands-on STEM lessons and projects that can be done without having to spend much money, if any, on physical materials. One of the many examples that Microsoft had on display to represent their hacking STEM projects was the homemade wave machine pictured in this blog post. You can find directions for that project here (link opens PDF).

Microsoft's Hacking STEM Library is divided into activities that take multiple days to complete and activities that can be completed in one day. All of the activities in the Hacking STEM Library include detailed directions, materials lists including places to acquire materials, and lesson objectives. The homemade wave machine project is an example of a one-day project. This lesson on harnessing electricity to communicate is an example of a multiple day project.