Electricity Basics

electricity basics for middle school

When we talk about electricity, we typically talk about three things: watts, volts and amps. These are universal units. Each one measures something different. Electricity basics for middle school is a two-day lesson which  introduces students to circuits, watts, volts, amps, and loads. Watts are a basic measure of power. Volts are the standard unit […]

Basic Engineering Design Challenge

The basic engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Many times the solution involves designing a product (like a machine or computer code) that meets certain criteria and/or accomplishes a certain task. This activity models a simple challenge to teach the design process […]

STEM Roller Coaster Challenge

Build a roller coaster out of straws and a cardboard box in this engineering design challenge your middle school students (and even older) will love. Start with this teaser Follow video by asking how students have been on/like roller coasters. Allow them to share experiences of riding a roller coaster. This link has pictures of some […]

Math Loco-motor Skills

Math and loco-motor skills can be integrated into daily physical education using the ideas shared by Chris Hopper from Humboldt State University. The Activity Make Predictions! How many steps will you take as you walk 10, 25, and 50 yards? Do It! Each student walks various lengths of the field and records their data. DOWNLOAD […]

Best STEM Books – 2016

This list was jointly created by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council and it is the first “Best STEM Books” list yet created. The impetus for the list is the profound difference between the purely-science books on the annual list of Outstanding Science Trade Books  and the titles we honor here. […]