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The 10 best resources for K-12 STEM projects

The 10 best resources for K-12 STEM projects

6. The National STEM Video Game Challenge:

Middle and high school students are encouraged to submit their original game designs for the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes for themselves, as well as monetary prizes for their schools. The site provides free game-making tools for all levels of experience, as well as toolkits for teacher mentors.

7. Pinterest:

Search for STEM activities on Pinterest and there are multiple boards for a range of K-12 students and teachers. For example, STEM projects provides a list of projects as a “jumping-off point for ideas, and this board includes hands-on activities for teaching middle school students about STEM.

8. Project Lead the Way (PLTW):

PLTW is a provider of STEM programs, which offers K-12 curriculum, teacher professional development, and partnerships. PLTW courses are aligned with Common Core State Standards in math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards. Yet, programs are also flexible and customizable so that schools can meet their local curricular and community needs. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school and in some instances are used as the core curriculum. Curricular programs include PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway, PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Science, and PLTW Computer Science. Learn more about this STEM project solution. The participation fee is assessed annually: $3000 for Engineering, $2000 for Biomedical Science and Computer Science, and $750 for Gateway and Launch. More registration facts.

9. Science Buddies:

This site lists science fair project ideas, 1,183 in total, categorized by STEM topic. For example, have students complete the “Do Submarines Need Fins?” project for Aerodynamics & Hydrodynamics, or “Storytelling Alice: Once Upon a Time in a Computer-Generated Land” for Computer Science. All projects include a difficulty level, time requires, prerequisites, materials, cost, safety guidelines, procedures and more.

10. Science Fair Project Ideas:

Education.com has assembled a vast collection of science fair project ideas written by science teachers, professional scientists and educational consultants on popular science fair topics ranging from physics and chemistry to biology and even sociology. The site offers free science fair ideas suitable for every grade level. Check the boxes in the sidebar to filter results, or use the search bar to find that perfect science fair project or experiment. Projects include anything from a “Galileo Inclines Plane Physics Experiment” for seventh grade physics to “Changing the Period of a Pendulum” for fourth graders.

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