STEM Education

STEM is the acronym used to refer to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A student's proficiency at STEM subjects gives the student confidence and greater problem solving skills. It is also a good predictor of  post-high school success, employment security, and lifelong income. What can YOUR PTA do to create STEM opportunities at your school this year? How about a math or science night?  Here are some resources from National PTA and other great sites!

1. Summer Brain Games from Chicago’s Museum of Science + Industry

2. Design Squad – ideas for science and engineering activities in an informal setting. Design squad is also a TV program with episodes that can be viewed online.

3. How To Smile – Engineering and science activities for kids from Pre-K on.

4. NASA for Kids & Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Ideas for making pop rockets, pizza box solar oven, and paper comets. or

5. National Engineers Week – Provides tested activities to introduce in the classroom. They also have biographies of a variety of engineers.

6. SciGirls –  An online extension of the PBS program, engages girls in STEM through hands-on projects and inquiry-based learning.

7. Science Buddies – Provides ideas for science fair projects and at-home science experiments.

8. Techbridge – Inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science, and engineering.

9. Wonderwise – Through multimedia kits, introduces students and teachers to women who work in the sciences.

10. Zoom into Engineering – For parents, this PBS site offers fun hands-on science and engineering projects like Gumdrop Dome and Egg Bungee Jump.

11. Rosie Revere, Engineer – Rosie Revere tells the story of a girl and her dream to become a great engineer.  The author’s site has many fun science links, including one to the Rosie Revere, Engineer STEM Event Kit.

12. STEM + Families: Hosting a Math Event sponsored by Mathnasium.  Mathnasium will provide free math nights for your school. They bring the games and PTA provides the tables and the volunteers. For more information contact a local mathnasium.

13. What’s happening at the STEM Action Center Utah?