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100 STEAM Projects For Teachers

Instructables has created a collection of 100 STEAM Projects created for teachers and educators to do with youth. Each project encourages exploration, modification, and students to pursue their own ideas and curiosities. They are meant to be accessible, both in approach and availability and cost of materials. You're encouraged to adapt them to your local…  learn more

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30+ Awesome STEM Challenges for Kids (with Inexpensive or Recycled Materials!)

The problem with STEM is that teachers often have to purchase the materials at their own expense. Sarah has assembled this collection of STEM engineering challenges that are fun and engaging, and that also make use of recycled or inexpensive materials.  learn more

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CIESE K-12 STEM Curricula

K-12 Curricula CIESE (Center for Instruction for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education) sponsors and designs multidisciplinary STEM curricula that educators throughout the world can use. These compelling lessons and projects promote problem-based learning, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, and critical analysis through the integration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other core subjects. Many…  learn more

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Creative Crash Test Cars

This maker challenge from TeachEngeneering challenges students to design or improve an existing passenger compartment so that it better withstands front-end collisions, protecting riders from injury and resulting in minimal vehicle structural damage. With a raw egg as the test passenger, teams use provided materials to add their own safety features onto either a small-size…  learn more

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EXPLORAVISION FREE LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHERS

Exploravision shows how pop culture and science can be integrated, such as the movie Avatar and ecosystems. Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision contests challenges teams of students to design future technologies. Examples have been: a satellite-based early warning earthquake detection system, a body suit that monitors vital signs and delivers medication.  learn more

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Fun and Easy STEAM Projects

It's fun to build toy-like projects. It's educational to learn through applied physics. It's invaluable to know that you are someone who can make something from nothing, and solve any challenge that comes your way while doing so. That's the philosophy of the Made by Stem website. They've indexed over 30 STEAM projects, indexed by…  learn more

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How To Bend PVC Pipe & Make Incredible Shapes

PVC can be a cheap building material. But it's not easy to bend into different shapes ... until now. Heating sand on a portable induction cook top or hot plate and pouring the heated sand into the taped pvc with a funnel works great, as this video shows. We like this way as it should…  learn more

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Howtoons

Howtoons is what happens when you combine a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer. Howtoons provides engaging content that teaches kids how to build things, combining all materials and instructions with storytelling for ages 7-12. While the main web site is not operational, many of the project ideas are available thanks to…  learn more

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Lawrence Hall of Science: STEM Activities

The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley is holding an interdisciplinary workshop on the interaction between human life and the environment. A small selection of STEM activities with guides for you to use at home, in school, or at your science museum.  learn more

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Make PVC look like real wood

OK, now you have your PVC pipe bent, how do you make it looks like something other than PVC pipe? This video shows you how to remove the printing found on PVC pipes for a nice clean white finish, then give them a wood grain look. All using simple tools, They also show an alternate…  learn more

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NASA High School Aerospace Scholars

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars is an authentic STEM learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s missions and become the next generation of explorers. HAS is a year-long commitment for Texas high school juniors which starts in the fall with a four-month online learning experience related to space exploration, Earth science,…  learn more

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Purple Plow Challenge

Purple Plow Challenge, from the American Farm Bureau, encourages students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability and build their own prototypes to solve the defined problem. Resources are provided for facilitators, students and volunteers, aligned to national learning standards and reviewed by industry experts. While aimed at grades 6,7 and 8, the…  learn more

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Science for everyone (not just for geeks)

STEM demonstrations do not have to be elaborate or expensive. Sciphile.org believes that science education is important, and pursuing it should be fun. They host a library of bite-sized science demonstrations, experiments, activities and lessons designed to help teach a variety of science topics and inspire your student's inner geek. The materials are freely available…  learn more

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Small-Scale Modeling of Oil Spill Cleanup Methods

This hands-on experiment and lesson plan from TeachEngineering provides students with an understanding of the issues that surround environmental cleanup. Student teams create their own oil spills, try different methods for cleaning them up, and then discuss the merits of each method in terms of effectiveness (cleanliness) and cost. The materials needed are readily available…  learn more

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STEM Career Coalition: Classroom Activities

The STEM Careers Coalition, co-sponsored by Discovery Education, provides free resources for 6th-12th grade classrooms to develop key STEM and critical thinking skills in your students, aligned to national education standards. Access the no-cost, standards-aligned classroom activities to support future career success for all students. Each activity features important STEM skills and a step-by-step guide for implementing activities into your classroom. Explore…  learn more

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STEMconnector

STEMconnector is the leading corporation connecting all aspects of the STEM community from K-12 to global corporations. We are a research-driven, professional services organization providing support to corporate, postsecondary, K-12, nonprofit, and government members to meaningfully develop, execute, and scale their STEM talent strategies.  learn more

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Teach Engineering

The TeachEngineering digital library, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a collaborative project with over 55 contributing organizations and a cadre of volunteer teachers and engineers funding. It provides educators in grades K-12 with free access to a growing set of activities, lessons, units, and living labs. One of their focus is Maker Challenges…  learn more

There's More!

Check out Hands On Learning and the Related Topics links below to see more STEM project ideas.  learn more

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Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance goal is to build pathways for students to access high-impact careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As part of that mandate, the have created resources for STEM educators and sponsor a number of events that bring together students and teachers.  learn more

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Vernier

Expanding the Connections of STEM Educators and Students Vernier Connections™ is a web-based platform that helps educators engage students in a fun, modern way through interactive and relevant investigations and projects created by STEM educators and leaders in science education. Technology engages young students. Our carefully designed hands-on data-collection technology helps elementary school teachers introduce young…  learn more