Workshop Resources : ALL the Resources

All the resources from all the STEMAZing workshops, all in one place!

#STEMontheCheap

#STEMontheCheap

The STEMAZing Project's curated collection of #STEMontheCheap projects ...
cell phone using macro lens hack to magnify five dollar bill

$1 Laser Pointer Macro Lens Hack

Learn how to take apart a $1 keychain laser pointer from Family Dollar and turn it into a macro lens for either a cell phone or tablet. It basically turns your device into a low-powered ...
2-Litre Bottle Hydroponic System

2-Litre Bottle Hydroponic System

How to reuse a 2-liter bottle and turn it into a hydroponic system for growing plants at school or at home ...
3D Flower Model

3D Flower Model

Using #STEMontheCheap supplies, students learn about the parts of a flower by creating their own 3D model and labeling it ...
Ah, Music

Ah, Music

Ah, Music! is about composers and instruments. It’s about artists and performers. It’s about history—from the earliest music through classical, modern, jazz, and popular times. It’s about diversity and pleasure ...
Amazing ABC: An Alphabet Book of LEGO Creations

Amazing ABC: An Alphabet Book of LEGO Creations

This alphabet board book of fantastic LEGO creations is specifically for toddlers. It's a visual LEGO feast rather than an instructional book. The colorful, bold images are easily recognizable for the youngest LEGO enthusiasts ...

Apollo 13 Engineer Scene

A great scene from the movie Apollo 13 in which the engineers are tasked with making a square peg fit into a round hole. Fantastic to use for engineering design project inspiration ...
Argument for Structured Block Play

Argument for Structured Block Play

Can Lego bricks and other construction toys boost your child's STEM skills? ...
Arizona Agricultural Literacy Program

Arizona Agricultural Literacy Program

Monica Pastor shared a bunch of great resources including "What Do PLants Need to Grow?" bead bracelet lesson, the Arizona Agademics trivia cards, and professional development opportunities. Go to this site for a searchable lesson ...
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Who Dung It

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Who Dung It

Program for Grades K-5 and Lab for Grades 6-8 Although it may be difficult to see some desert animals, they do leave many clues behind. The challenge is to figure out who left those clues ...
Art Bot

Art Bot

From littleBits ...
Art of Argumentation

Art of Argumentation

From NSTA ...
Ask Nature

Ask Nature

Life on earth presents elegant solutions to many of the challenges that designers and innovators face every day. Explore AskNature to find biological strategies, inspired ideas, and resources relative to your own innovation challenges, so ...
Astronomy Dresses from Svaha

Astronomy Dresses from Svaha

Smart dresses for smart women! Find all manner of nerdy dresses with constellations, DNA strands, math symbols, gears for engineering, and much more ...
Balloon Rocket

Balloon Rocket

Let students use the engineering design process to improve their balloon rockets that race across the room ...
Balloon Rocket Design Challenge

Balloon Rocket Design Challenge

A simple engineering design challenge which lends itself to lots of investigation ...
Balloon-Powered Car

Balloon-Powered Car

These #STEMontheCheap balloon powered cars are another engineering design challenge that allows for iteration through the engineering design process ...
Beats Per Minute Counter

Beats Per Minute Counter

Using this website, students simply press a button on the keyboard in time with their pulse to get a beats per minute count. You can also have students try to match the heart rates for ...
Beetle-inspired Water Bottle

Beetle-inspired Water Bottle

How a desert beetle made self-filling water bottles possible. Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Benefits of Toy Blocks

Benefits of Toy Blocks

Toy Blocks and Construction Toys: A guide for the science-minded. Also includes tips for getting the most from your toy blocks ...
Beyond Average - Standard Deviation and Standard Error

Beyond Average – Standard Deviation and Standard Error

Mean is meaningless. Help you students do just a little more with continuous data in order to better tell the story of their data ...
binary number trick

Binary Number Trick

There are four versions of the binary number trick below. To perform the trick, print out the binary number cards double-sided and cut them out along the dotted lines. Then, have someone think of a ...
Biomimicry PowerPoint Presentation from the Workshop

Biomimicry PowerPoint Presentation from the Workshop

This is the presentation from the workshop with links to videos that were used during the workshop.   ...
Bird-stopping Spider Glass

Bird-stopping Spider Glass

Weave done it! Scientists make a new type of bird-stopping glass inspired by a SPIDERWEB. Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Block Play Tips

Block Play Tips

Practical suggestions for common dilemmas ...
Block Play: Practical Suggestions for Common Dilemmas - Full Article

Block Play: Practical Suggestions for Common Dilemmas – Full Article

Enhance block play by implementing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to deal with the most common dilemmas associated with using blocks in the classroom. Includes a great summary page of suggestions ...
Block Puzzles

Block Puzzles

Make your own color block puzzles using Duplos and foam sheets. Do you think they have to be color specific? ...
Body Bag

Body Bag

Create a model of the internal organs using a paper bag and other #STEMontheCheap supplies ...
Boy + Bot

Boy + Bot

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't help, so Boy ...
Brilliant Block Play

Brilliant Block Play

Describes a variety of creative ways to use different kinds of blocks. Make your own magnetic blocks, use contact paper and foam blocks to take block play vertical, and much more ...
Bring on the Food PowerPoint Presentation

Bring on the Food PowerPoint Presentation

Presentation from the Bring on the Food workshop ...
Buck Institute

Buck Institute

The go-to place for resources for project-based learning (PBL). This is where Robyn found the creativity and innovation rubric. Sign up for a FREE account to access the resources ...
Butterflies for Kiri

Butterflies for Kiri

Illustrated with eye-catching cut-paper collages, this book celebrates one child's determination and creativity ...
Butterfly Symmetry, Camouflage, and Disguise

Butterfly Symmetry, Camouflage, and Disguise

A great lesson to put students' knowledge of the REAL primary colors of paints to use. Challenge students to create a butterfly using symmetry which uses either camouflage or disguise as a survival technique ...
drawing of bug twirling a buzz off

Buzz Off, from RAFT

Buzz Off, when whirled around, makes a sound like an insect. A fantastic project for engineering the way it performs by making modifications to the original design ...
Caine's Arcade

Caine’s Arcade

9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto parts store. The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer. Then, on ...
Cap Maracas

Cap Maracas

Reuse plastic bottle caps to create these fun maracas ...
Caterpillar to Butterfly

Caterpillar to Butterfly

A very accurate book about the life cycle of the butterfly from National Geographic ...
Chibitronics I Love Science Robot Paper Circuit Template

Chibitronics I Love Science Robot Paper Circuit Template

The I love Science robot template from Chibitronics introduces how a circuit works and parallel circuits. A great paper circuits activity! ...
Cinder

Cinder

The first book in The Lunar Chronicles series, this book is the cyborg retelling of Cinderella and a great book to use to engage middle and high school girls in STEM and robotics ...
Classroom Speaker System

Classroom Speaker System

Jo Ann brought in her Redcat Access classroom speaker system for use during the workshop. While expense, a grant to support this technology can make a big difference in the classroom ...
Coconut Can Percussion

Coconut Can Percussion

Turn a coconut can into a percussion instrument you can shake, tap, and scrape to create a beat ...
Code a Story Lesson

Code a Story Lesson

Follow the instructions in the handout to guide Ozobot through the story. There will be cutouts and other visuals to help depict the story ...
Color Addition - Primary and Secondary Colors of Light

Color Addition – Primary and Secondary Colors of Light

Use this worksheet with the RGB Light Show to simply focus on the primary and secondary colors of light. If you are looking for more advanced demonstration of understanding, look at RGB Light Show Worksheet ...
Constellation Boxes

Constellation Boxes

These #STEMontheCheap models can be used to teach perspective and vantage point. Challenge students to model actual constellations ...
Cooperative Games

Cooperative Games

(Rubber band and string game included) Cooperative games help children develop the essential skills of cooperation, communication, empathy, and conflict resolution by giving them an opportunity to work together toward a common goal. These games ...
Countdown Timer with Music

Countdown Timer with Music

A great resource for engineering design challenges to keep track of remaining time. Requires Flash Player ...
Crash Course Kids Video

Crash Course Kids Video

Do you know how many people have been to the moon? Only 12! Part of the reason it's so few is because of how difficult it is to escape Earth and get into space in ...
Crash Course Kids YouTube Channel

Crash Course Kids YouTube Channel

YouTube channel from the creators of Crash Course Kids ...
Creative Learning Exchange

Creative Learning Exchange

Simulations from Creative Learning Exchange ...
Creativity and Innovation Rubric

Creativity and Innovation Rubric

From The Buck Institute, you can use this rubric for grading the 3D flower model project ...
Creepy Crawly Cockroach

Creepy Crawly Cockroach

From littleBits ...
Crosscutting Concepts K-8 One-Pagers

Crosscutting Concepts K-8 One-Pagers

The seven crosscutting concepts from the Framework for K-12 Science Education with just the K-8 progressions ...
Crosscutting Symbols One Pager

Crosscutting Symbols One Pager

Crosscutting Symbols One Pager Labeled one-page version of the Crosscutting Symbols but, remember, there is no RIGHT answer ...
CSC Toys | Rockets and Beyond

CSC Toys | Rockets and Beyond

Chris Welborn has loads of great #STEMontheCheap toys to engage students with related to force, energy, and power ...
Dark Side of the Moon Video

Dark Side of the Moon Video

From MinutePhysics, the dark side of the moon misconception explained in 10 seconds ...
Day 1 - Water

Day 1 – Water

Overarching Question: Where does your water and energy supply come from and how should we manage them for the next 100 years? Water Day . Your State's Water Supply     A. Watersheds     ...
Day 2 - Energy

Day 2 – Energy

Overarching Question Where does your water and energy supply come from and how should we manage them for the next 100 years? Pre-Assessment I. Your State's Energy Supply     A. Science of Energy (PowerPoint Presentation) ...
Day 3 - Water-Energy Nexus

Day 3 – Water-Energy Nexus

Overarching Question Where does your water and energy supply come from and how should we manage them for the next 100 years? Day 3 - Water/Energy Nexus I. Engineering to Harness Energy from the Sun   ...
Dendrochronology Teacher Reference Unit

Dendrochronology Teacher Reference Unit

All four lessons from the workshop ...

Dendroclimatology: Using Tree Rings to Reconstruct Past Climates

Dendrochronologist Rex Adams discusses what tree rings can tell us about ancient climates ...
Design Inspirations from RAFT

Design Inspirations from RAFT

Combine two unrelated ideas to inspire a creative new design! Engineers often use everyday objects to stimulate creative ideas. For example, an early ballpoint pen designer might have had a flash of inspiration while looking ...
Designing Science Inquiry Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

Designing Science Inquiry Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation, from Edutopia ...
Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Why is Block Play Important for Toddlers and Preschoolers? What are they learning? The progression of block play and concepts learned ...
Image of DDS

Discover Data Science

Making connections between prospective students and educational opportunities in an exciting new field ...
Discovering Shapes and Space in Preschool

Discovering Shapes and Space in Preschool

Preschool teachers can create an environment in which children are eager to explore and learn about math. They can provide developmentally appropriate materials and opportunities to help preschoolers understand the topic. Math can be a ...
DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students. HINT: Search for tips on the website to get some advice on how to more successfully get ...
Earthlight

Earthlight

A twenty-minute documentary about the University of Arizona's Lunar-Mars Greenhouse Lab - can we grow food on the Moon (or Mars). Sean Gellenbeck from this project shared details of this project with participants ...
EdBlocks Programming Language

EdBlocks Programming Language

EdBlocks is a fully graphical robot programming language for the Edison robot that is super easy to use. A drag-and-drop block-based system, EdBlocks is intuitive and fun, even for younger users. Perfect for introducing anyone ...
Eddy Current Tube Demo

Eddy Current Tube Demo

This classic physics demonstration shows how a magnet falling through a copper pipe will slow down as it transfers some of its energy to move electrons in the conductive copper pipe. Those moving electrons create ...
Egg Parachute

Egg Parachute

Another engineering design challenge but this time the winner is whoever is the slowest! Let students iterate through designs to create egg parachutes which take the longest to fall from a given height ...
Electronic Rubber Band Shooter

Electronic Rubber Band Shooter

From Instructables ...
Engineering Design Process

Engineering Design Process

This version of the Engineering Design Process from NC State is based on Engineering is Elementary ...
Engineering Design Process University of Arizona

Engineering Design Process University of Arizona

Adapted from the UA College of Engineering ...
Envirothon

Envirothon

The NCF-Envirothon is an annual competition for high school-aged students conducted over five consecutive days every summer during July or August. To expose students to diverse environmental issues, ecosystems, and topography the North American Envirothon ...
Erosion

Erosion

National Geographic Encyclopedic Entry for erosion ...
Evolution by Natural Selection

Evolution by Natural Selection

Simulate evolution with some colorful “critters” and carnivorous “beaky birds”. Simulations are helpful to demonstrate processes like evolution that take place over many years. Observe how adaptations such as camouflage help organisms survive and pass ...
Exploravision

Exploravision

The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through ...
Far Out! Exploring Space Through STEM Workshop PowerPoint Presentation

Far Out! Exploring Space Through STEM Workshop PowerPoint Presentation

Here is the presentation from this workshop for your use and modification ...
Field Museum

Field Museum

Check out their webinars and other resources ...
Finger Flute

Finger Flute

Sturdy cardboard tubes, straws, tape, and other inexpensive materials can be used to create this fun noisemaker! ...
First Book Marketplace

First Book Marketplace

A place to get inexpensive books for students and the classroom ...
Flag and Primary Color Afterimage Optical Illusions

Flag and Primary Color Afterimage Optical Illusions

You can either print these out in color or just look at them on a screen to see an afterimage based on how your red, green, and blue color receptors work in your eye. What ...
Forms of Energy

Forms of Energy

A great resource for everything to do with energy - this worksheet defining the forms of energy comes from The NEED Project. Find loads of usable FREE curriculum at www.need.org ...
Four Engineering Challenges for Kids

Four Engineering Challenges for Kids

NOTE: Engineering challenges and construction play is NOT just for boys! Four engineering challenges using cups, craft sticks, and cubes ...
Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

In this glowing new vision of Spier’s beloved classic, follow the wily fox as he roams a sleepy New England town in search of a meal, with tones and textures so vivid you can almost ...
Framework to Fun Presentation

Framework to Fun Presentation

Svea's workshop presentation ...
Frida

Frida

This picture book (available in both English and Spanish) details Frida Kahlo's life with some amazing lessons about art and life ...
Image book cover

From Page Keely book

We used atoms and cells probe from this Page Keeley book ...
Garden in a Glove

Garden in a Glove

Use a glove, cotton balls, and seeds to create a mini garden ...
Gecko-inspired Adhesive

Gecko-inspired Adhesive

Sticky Science: Gecko Toes Key to Adhesive That Doesn't Lose Its Tackiness Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Gila Monster Diabetes Drug

Gila Monster Diabetes Drug

The Greatest Hope for Diabetes Is the Gila Monster—and It’s About to Go Extinct Its spit contains enzymes that treat diabetes—but the lizard could be on its way to extinction. Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Globe at Night

Globe at Night

Activity guide for January and February 2017 for this awesome citizen science program. Find additional activity guide and resources at www.globeatnight.org ...
Glue Sponge

Glue Sponge

Try out this solution for messy glue bottles - use a glue sponge instead. Endorsed by the teachers at Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy in Texas ...
Going Places

Going Places

A go-cart contest inspires the imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. It’s time for this year’s Going ...
Going Places Activity Sheets

Going Places Activity Sheets

Some fun activity sheets to go along with the book ...
Going to the Zoo

Going to the Zoo

Now you can go along too, as Tom Paxton's classic song comes to life in this boisterous picture book ...
GoNoodle

GoNoodle

Get kids moving with GoNoodle - hundreds of videos which can be used for active brain breaks. Research supports movement and activity contributing to focus and learning. Get a FREE teacher account! ...
Habits of a Systems Thinker

Habits of a Systems Thinker

Habits of a Systems Thinker describes ways of thinking about how systems work and how actions taken can impact results seen over time. They encompass a spectrum of thinking strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage ...
Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind

16 Habits of Mind that we want to develop in our students ...
Habits of Mind Rays

Habits of Mind Rays

16 Habits of Mind we want to develop in our students represented as rays. A great activity is to have students draw their own symbols for each of the habits ...
Have a Heart Workshop PowerPoint

Have a Heart Workshop PowerPoint

Powerpoint presented during the workshop ...
Hollow Flashlight Invented by 14-Year-Old Girl

Hollow Flashlight Invented by 14-Year-Old Girl

Meet Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old who invented a flashlight powered by thermal energy from her hand - no batteries necessary - EVER! Use this video to introduce your students to a young inventor who won ...
Homemade Spectroscope

Homemade Spectroscope

Using a paper towel tube and a CD, make a spectroscope - an instrument for splitting light into its component colors ...
Homemade Stethoscope

Homemade Stethoscope

Use a paper towel roll, some tape, and a funnel to create a simple stethoscope so children can hear the lub-dub of each other's hearts ...
How Did That Get in my Lunchbox?

How Did That Get in my Lunchbox?

Another great picture book which tracks food from farm to table (or lunchbox in this case) ...
How Does a Seed Become a Plant?

How Does a Seed Become a Plant?

A lesson with student handouts about the process of a seed germinating and growing into a plant ...
How Wee Learn

How Wee Learn

Wondering what a teacher does at home with her own kids? ...
How Wee Learn Egg Carton Helicopter

How Wee Learn Egg Carton Helicopter

Take the paper helicopter to the next level by adding an egg carton cockpit ...
How Your Heart Works

How Your Heart Works

From HowStuffWorks.com, an article explaining in more depth just how this important pump works ...
Hydroponic Nutrients

Hydroponic Nutrients

You can order these nutrients to add to the water in you mini hydroponic systems to grow lettuce and herbs ...
I Am an Old Horned Toad

I Am an Old Horned Toad

With beautiful watercolor illustrations by Jessica Helm, a forward by Petey Mesquitey, a CD including the horned toad song, and a whole page of extra facts about horned toads, this book is fun, educational and ...
IDC - Independent, Dependent, and Control

IDC – Independent, Dependent, and Control

How to turn just about anything into a science experiment! ...
IDC - Independent, Dependent, and Control (Spanish) - Independiente, Dependiente y Control

IDC – Independent, Dependent, and Control (Spanish) – Independiente, Dependiente y Control

Como encender absolutamente cualquier cosa (buena casi) en un experimento cientifico! ...
IDC (not IDK) how to turn absolutely anything into a science experiment

IDC (not IDK) How to turn absolutely anything into a science experiment!

Notice something interesting! Wonder how it works? Use this process to turn absolutely anything (well almost) into a science experiment. Learn about independent, dependent, and control variables. Brainstorm independent variables which can be systematically manipulated ...
Ideas are Scary Video

Ideas are Scary Video

A great advertisement about ideas from General Electric that works nicely with the book, "What Do You Do With An Idea?" ...
If You Are a Hunter of Fossils

If You Are a Hunter of Fossils

A fossil hunter looking for signs of an ancient sea in the rocks of a western Texas mountain describes how the area must have looked millions of years ago ...
Inspired by a ... Cards

Inspired by a … Cards

Design prompts from RAFT ...
Instructables

Instructables

Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations ...
Instructables Cork Launcher

Instructables Cork Launcher

A simple trigger-release launcher that fires at least 10 feet ...
Instructables Rubber Band Helicopters

Instructables Rubber Band Helicopters

Use physics to create a helicopter capable of flying over 20 feet high ...
Instructables Zipline Racers

Instructables Zipline Racers

These self-propelled racers will have students exploring variables for weeks! ...
Interference Paint

Interference Paint

In this activity, students learn about structural color while exploring interference paints. Students compare interference acrylic paints to normal acrylic paints. Students also observe how the color of the paint changes when it’s applied to ...
King's Chessboard

King’s Chessboard

When the wise man refuses to accept a reward for his service to the king, the king insists and so the wise man asks for a payment of rice for each square of the king's ...
Learning with Block Play

Learning with Block Play

Ten things children learn from block play ...
LED Headbands

LED Headbands

From Brit ...
Lesson 1: From Seeds to Giants

Lesson 1: From Seeds to Giants

This lesson introduces basic concepts of tree growth and encourages learners to make observations and draw conclusions about events that occur during the lifetime of a tree. A review of tree growth processes and the ...
Lesson 2: Observing the Past

Lesson 2: Observing the Past

This lesson helps learners understand how events are recorded in tree-rings as well as review basic adaptations of trees. Analysis and interpretation of tree-ring data are also covered in this lesson through two hands on ...
Little Bot and Sparrow

Little Bot and Sparrow

When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he finds himself in a strange new world. Fortunately, Sparrow is there to take him under her wing. Together, they explore the forest, share adventures, and ...
Little Robot

Little Robot

A little girl who loves to tinker and fix things finds a robot in the woods — and is shocked when the push of a button activates him for the first time! Soon, the pair ...
Little White Dogs Can't Jump

Little White Dogs Can’t Jump

Beautifully illustrated, with an endearing main character, this book is a great tool for teaching children how to overcome obstacles. With Whatley's wry sense of humor, this book will surely appeal to adults as well ...
littleBits Bubble Flute

littleBits Bubble Flute

From littleBits ...
littleBits Bugs

littleBits Bugs

From Instructables ...
littleBits Crayon Lathe

littleBits Crayon Lathe

From Instructables ...
littleBits Two-Way Morse Code

littleBits Two-Way Morse Code

From Instructables ...
Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes

Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes

With a simple text and vivid full-color photographs, Stephen R. Swinburne shows children a wide range of nature's exquisite designs. He invites children to open their eyes and look for patterns in water and on ...
Lotus Paint

Lotus Paint

Eco-Friendly House Paint Inspired by the Self-Cleaning Lotus Flower Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Magic School Bus in the Haunted Museum: A Book about Sound

Magic School Bus in the Haunted Museum: A Book about Sound

In a companion book to the new PBS series starring Lily Tomlin, readers learn about sound and how it is made as Ms. Frizzle's class spends the night in a sounds museum that turns out ...
Make a Sundial

Make a Sundial

Using a paper plate and a pencil, make a sundial ...
Make a Thermometer

Make a Thermometer

How to make your own thermometer using rubbing alcohol, a reused water bottle, and a few other supplies ...
Making Musical Instruments with Kids

Making Musical Instruments with Kids

Written for adults, this hands-on guide demonstrates how to make easy musical instruments with children. Detailed instructions are included for making more than 60 unique instruments that are suitable for children as young as five ...
Marshmallow Constellations

Marshmallow Constellations

Students can use mini marshmallows and toothpicks to create models of the constellations ...
Martin the Guitar (Book and CD)

Martin the Guitar (Book and CD)

This charming children's story will delight music lovers of all ages. Little Martin the Guitar lives in Mr. Beninato's Music Store in New York City. He wants so much to be adopted and taken home ...
Math Magic Card Tricks

Math Magic Card Tricks

There are card tricks which are slight of hand and card tricks which rely on the discrete mathematics inherent to a regular deck of cards. These fall into the latter category. Don't worry, you do ...
Matrix of Crosscutting Concepts from NSTA

Matrix of Crosscutting Concepts from NSTA

A look at the Crosscutting Concepts from K-12 so educators can see the progression ...
Moon Phase Experiment

Moon Phase Experiment

Turn a foam ball on the end of a pencil into the moon using a flashlight to see the phases ...

Moon Phases Mr. Parr

Moon Phases song from Mr. Parr set to Forget You by Cee Lo Green ...
My Body, by Angela Royston and Sally Hewitt

My Body, by Angela Royston and Sally Hewitt

A great book for teaching about the body. Check Barnes & Noble's marketplace sellers for a good used price ...
My Body: All About Me Head to Toe

My Body: All About Me Head to Toe

This book by Lisa Bullard was used during the workshop. Look for it at Scholastic.com for the best price ...
Name Plate Challenge

Name Plate Challenge

An engineering design challenge ...
National Geographic Kids Roller Coaster Videos

National Geographic Kids Roller Coaster Videos

A whole collection of videos you can use to engage students with different aspects of roller coaster fun ...
Nature of Science Lessons

Nature of Science Lessons

In order for evolution, climate change (and many other science topics) to be properly understood as a science, ENSI maintains that a thorough introduction to the real nature of modern science is a necessary prerequisite ...
Nature of Science Paper Circuit

Nature of Science Paper Circuit

Let your students explore the nature of science and use the science practices when they build this paper circuit and explore the rules that govern which LEDs will light at the same time and which ...
Newsela

Newsela

By combining real-time assessments with leveled content from premier daily news sources and eminent nonfiction publishers, Newsela makes reading to learn relevant, interesting, and effective regardless of interest or ability. Adjustable Lexile levels for the ...
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage

Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage

Nick and Tesla are 11-year-old sleuths who use science and technology to save the day! In this adventure, a rash of robberies has hit the town of Half Moon Bay, and to catch the criminal, ...
Not a Box

Not a Box

A box is just a box...unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows ...
paper circuit example

Notice, Wonder, Learn: Paper Circuits

These templates allow for initial exploration of paper circuits, series and parallel circuits, and circuit diagrams. Supplies are not too expensive and links to necessary supplies are included in the document below (final page). Check ...
Octopus's Garden

Octopus’s Garden

Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus's garden ...
Image OK Go Sandbox

OK GO SANDBOX – Needing/Getting

OK Go wanted to find out if they could play their song using a car and everyday objects. Turns out they could!! ...
Image of Sandbox The One Moment

OK GO SANDBOX – The One Moment

This video was actually shot in 4 seconds, but when played back in slow motion, it stays in sync with the music. How did they do it?!?! ...
Image Sandbox This Too Shall Pass

OK GO SANDBOX – This Too Shall Pass

OK Go created this video by connecting a series of simple machines together, to create a single chain reaction machine timed perfectly to their song. So perfectly, in fact, that one section of the machine ...
One Grain of Rice

One Grain of Rice

A mathematical fairy tale similar to The King's Chessboard. A village girl outsmarts a selfish king by asking him to double a portion of rice every day for 30 days in order to feed the ...
Online Simulations for STEMAZing Shape of Change workshop

Online Simulations for STEMAZing Shape of Change workshop

Lessons and materials presented at the Exploring Systems workshop ...
Optimal Robotics

Optimal Robotics

Optimal Robotics at Palo Verde High Magnet School ...
Origami Club

Origami Club

Diagrams and animations for origami creations ...
Origami for Kids

Origami for Kids

From the Origami Resource Center ...
OzoBlockly

OzoBlockly

OzoBlockly gives you the power to fully control your Ozobot's movement and behavior. Powered by Google’s Blockly, OzoBlockly offers five modes from Novice with icon-based blocks to Master with support for many low-level functions and ...

Ozobot – It’s Your Move

Learn more about Ozobot, the revolutionary learning tool for the digital age. Designed to introduce coding, programming and logical reasoning in fun, interactive ways, Ozobot helps kids learn while playing ...

Ozobot Bit 2 0 learn to code with a tiny programmable robot

When Ozobot detects unique sequences of colors, it is pre-programmed to perform different actions or change behavior. There are over 30 codes that make the robot change its speed, control decision making, perform special moves, ...
Ozobot Bowling

Ozobot Bowling

This is a bowling game with Ozobot as the bowling ball. Students program Ozobot to knock over the bowling pins in two ways - either with markers or with OzoBlockly. The goal of the game ...
Ozobot Cube Challenges

Ozobot Cube Challenges

Students assemble and play a fun game with Ozobot. Using dice with different OzoCodes, they are challenged to use the codes and beat the time ...
Ozobot Evo App

Ozobot Evo App

Ozobot Evo is the advanced Ozobot which costs $100. This app can be used to do all kinds of incredible stuff with this even mightier robot ...
Ozobot Lesson Library

Ozobot Lesson Library

A searchable database of Ozobot lessons. You can also find the link for how to upload your own Ozobot lessons ...
Ozobot Theatre Lesson

Ozobot Theatre Lesson

Acting as directors, students will use Ozobots as avatars, or characters, to create dramatic representations of original stories they create. Once a script has been drafted and a stage has been illustrated, students will draw ...
Ozobot Website

Ozobot Website

Whether you are a seasoned engineer or a child, Ozobot Bit can be as fun or challenging as you make it. Simple and intuitive to use on one side, highly programmable and versatile on the ...
Ozobot YouTube Channel

Ozobot YouTube Channel

Find Ozobot Bit videos to learn about additional ways you can engage students using your robot ...
Ozobot's Fairytale, Lesson 1

Ozobot’s Fairytale, Lesson 1

This lesson connects writing and programming. Students “act out” a fairytale using Ozobot as the main character. Part of the story will require programming the Ozobot to complete a task or engage in a behavior ...
OzoGroove App

OzoGroove App

Enjoy music in a whole new way while playing and learning with Ozobot! OzoGroove is a universal app supported natively on tablets and mobile devices. The app comes with built-in dance demos, versatile dance choreography ...
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Paper Circuitry Notebook

Hack your notebook and illuminate your thinking! ...
Peacock Feather Engagement

Peacock Feather Engagement

To engage students with structural color ideas, a peacock feather was drawn, then put underwater for five minutes, removed, and redrawn to record the change in colors when it is wet ...
Pepper's Pyramid hack atop a cell phone screen

Pepper’s Pyramid Projector

Turn your cell phone or tablet into a 3D hologram-like projector using plastic you would normally recycle. Reuse flat clear plastic to give this old physics trick a high tech twist. Less ecologically friendly, but ...
Physics Toolbox

Physics Toolbox

Apps For Android Phones and Tablets in the Google Play store ...
Pie Pan Tambourine

Pie Pan Tambourine

Turn a foil pie pan into a tambourine! ...
Planetarium Construction Box

Planetarium Construction Box

Turn a 4x4 gift box into a planetarium which can be used in a dark classroom to show the constellations and then their disappearance and light pollution increases ...
Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts Into Assessment and Instruction

Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts Into Assessment and Instruction

Prompts for both formative and summative assessment for each of the crosscutting concepts. Great for thinking about the questions you ask students as they are doing science and engineering projects ...
Quiet Blocks

Quiet Blocks

Use pool noodles to create your own set of quiet blocks. #STEMontheCheap ...
Quirky

Quirky

Quirky enables everyday problem solvers to turn their inventions into successful products ...
R.A.F.T.  Resource Area for Teaching

R.A.F.T. Resource Area for Teaching

Resource Area for Teaching has loads of Idea Sheets which you can search through for exceptional, #STEMontheCheap ideas like Design Inspirations ...
RAFT Flingy Thingy

RAFT Flingy Thingy

Turn a plastic ruler into a catapult ...
RAFT Puff Rocket

RAFT Puff Rocket

Launch straw rockets off your puff rocket launcher made from a squeeze-able bottle ...
Rainbow-Ish - ROY G BIV

Rainbow-Ish – ROY G BIV

Starting with the primary colors of paint (cyan, yellow, and magenta), challenge your students to mix up all the colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet ...
Reading Horizons

Reading Horizons

"The Importance of Reading Aloud to Students of All Grades and Levels," an essay presented on the website Reading Horizons ...
Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets

This article discusses the power of reading aloud and goes a step further to discuss the power of thinking out loud while reading to children as a way to highlight the strategies used by thoughtful ...
Reid Park Zoo Teacher Resources

Reid Park Zoo Teacher Resources

Spark your students’ interest in wildlife, conservation, and science at the Zoo! They offer a variety of resources and discounts for teachers ...
RGB Color Light Show Video

RGB Color Light Show Video

Do you know the REAL primary colors? With just a few supplies from your local hardware store, you can recreate this STEMAZing demonstration of the REAL primary colors of light and color addition in your ...
RGB Light Show Worksheet

RGB Light Show Worksheet

Do you know the REAL primary colors of light? Use this worksheet along with red, green, and blue flood lights to demonstrate the REAL primary colors of light and the principle of color addition. Find ...
RGB Primary Color Light Show Paper Circuit

RGB Primary Color Light Show Paper Circuit

Let students build this paper circuit to explore the REAL primary colors, which are NOT blue, yellow, and red! ...
Robert at Wyoming Fossils

Robert at Wyoming Fossils

Contact info for Robert, our fossil source. Hint: Use brush on polyurethane to protect your fossils! ...
Robot and the Bluebird

Robot and the Bluebird

High atop a pile of rubbish sits a lonely Robot with a broken heart. Then one winter's day, a Bluebird appears, fighting against the freezing wind. When the Robot offers her a home in the ...
Robot, Go Bot!

Robot, Go Bot!

When this little girl builds her own robot, she thinks she's got the perfect best friend: one who will do whatever she says! But even robots can get tired of being told what to do ...
Roller Coaster Science

Roller Coaster Science

Watch the laws of physics at work, at 1,000 frames per second. And get a quick lesson in positive and negative G's ...
Roller Coasters

Roller Coasters

This roller coaster engineering design challenge is fantastic and embodies #STEMontheCheap student engagement. (Hint: Lowe's has the lowest price on 3/4" inner diameter pipe insulation at $1.18 for 6'.) ...
Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty ...
Rubber-Band Banjos and a Java Jive Bass

Rubber-Band Banjos and a Java Jive Bass

Make a hip-hoppin' java jive bass out of an old coffee can. Put on your homemade tuxedo and conduct your own orchestra. Those are just some of the fun projects and activities you'll enjoy as ...
Scholastic

Scholastic

Affordable books for the classroom ...
Science Experiments with Sound & Music

Science Experiments with Sound & Music

34 easy-to-do activities that demonstrate the scientific concepts behind sound waves, pitch, acoustics, scales, etc ...
teachers doing science is... science is not... lesson

Science is… Science is not…

A fantastic lesson about the nature of science. This lesson addresses many misconceptions about science. Adapted from Evolution & the Nature of Science Institutes lesson called Sunsets, Souls, and Senses which is included below. The ...
Scientific Argumentation Activities

Scientific Argumentation Activities

From Indiana University ...
Seeing Your Pulse

Seeing Your Pulse

We did this using a straw instead of a toothpick. We also tried it by lying on the ground and placing the Play-Doh where you find your pulse on your neck ...
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Set Up for RGB Color Light Show Video

Video with tips about how to set up the RGB Light Show if you have your own set of red, green, and blue flood lights. Click on the title here, Set Up RGB Color Light ...
Seven Essential Life Skills

Seven Essential Life Skills

From the Mind in the Making book, these are the essential life skills we want students to develop ...
Shape Space

Shape Space

A young dancer dances her way among geometric shapes ...
Simple Origami Butterfly

Simple Origami Butterfly

Includes diagram and animation ...
Simple Origami Butterfly by Units

Simple Origami Butterfly by Units

Includes diagram and animation ...
Simple Origami Cat Face

Simple Origami Cat Face

Includes diagram and animation ...
Simple Origami Dog Face

Simple Origami Dog Face

Includes diagram and animation ...
Simple Origami Earthworm by Units

Simple Origami Earthworm by Units

Includes diagram and animation ...
Simple Origami Fox Face

Simple Origami Fox Face

Includes diagram and animation ...
Skimmer Hull

Skimmer Hull

With a fan, you can engage students with these skimmer hulls using the wind to push them forward. Another engineering design challenge for iteration and investigation ...
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds- Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a ...
Snack Bot

Snack Bot

From littleBits ...
Sound and Wave Tutorial

Sound and Wave Tutorial

From the Physics Classroom ...
Sound and Waves Interactives

Sound and Waves Interactives

The Physics Classroom ...
Sound Projects with a Music Lab

Sound Projects with a Music Lab

Flutes, harps, guitars, pianos, drums All musical instruments use fundamental properties of physics to produce their sounds. In this instructive manual, Robert Gardner explains how to build homemade versions of a variety of instruments, all ...
Sound Shakers

Sound Shakers

A sensory activity for young learners from RAFT ...
Sounds Interesting: The Science of Acoustics

Sounds Interesting: The Science of Acoustics

Demonstrates the principles of sound and the science of acoustics through a variety of experiments ...
Spacetime Simulator

Spacetime Simulator

You can make your own or borrow one from The STEMAZing Project if you attended this workshop. The spacetime simulator demonstrates how Einstein described gravity - masses warping spacetime and drawing other masses into the ...
Sponge Blocks Quiet Time Activity

Sponge Blocks Quiet Time Activity

Learn how to make your own sponge blocks for a quieter solution to block construction play time ...
Star Finder

Star Finder

Make your own Star Finder using templates printed on cardstock and manila folders ...
Star Wars Sound Machine

Star Wars Sound Machine

Adding a Styrofoam cup as a sounding board to a metal Slinky turns it into a Star Wars sound machine! ...
STEM Competitions

STEM Competitions

An exhaustive but not complete annotated list of STEM competitions ...
photo of a journal made with the STEMAZing hack

STEMAZing Journal Hack

Make graph paper STEMAZing journals that require no staples or tape, using an old bookbinding trick ...
STEMAZing Picture Books Activity Cards Volume 1

STEMAZing Picture Books Activity Cards Volume 1

STEMAZING Picture Books - Volume 1 Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin (engineering design process) Hello Numbers by Dr. Klemm, The Numbers Lady (numerical literacy) Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty (building bridges, architecture) I am Amelia Earhart by ...
STEMAZing Picture Books Activity Cards Volume 2

STEMAZing Picture Books Activity Cards Volume 2

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis and Phyllis Hornung (math, geometry) Press Here, by Herve Tullet (cause and effect, algorithms) Mix It Up!, by Herve Tullet (color subtraction, physics) The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle (plant biology) The Boy Who ...

STEMAZing Stories

In June 2018, thanks to support from the Pima County School Superintendent's Office and Thomas R. Brown Foundations, twelve of our STEMAZing Teacher Leaders were given the opportunity to tell their STEMAZing Stories. With help ...
Story Maps

Story Maps

Everyone has a story to tell. Harness the power of maps to tell yours ...
Straw Oboe

Straw Oboe

Using two different diameter straws, create an oboe with just a simple cut to create a reed and a little bit of practice ...
Sugar Skull Mask

Sugar Skull Mask

Light it up! Sugar skull template. Great to use with paper circuits ...
Systems in Motion books

Systems in Motion books

This dynamic set of books consolidates the powerful lessons about oscillations in one place! This series of lessons (also online) allows students to explore and see the deeper nature of what is causing particular behaviors ...
Systems Thinking Playbook

Systems Thinking Playbook

This book has become a favorite of K–12 teachers, university faculty, and corporate consultants. It provides short gaming exercises that illustrate the subtleties of systems thinking. The companion DVD shows the authors introducing and running ...
Tabletop Scientist: The Science of Sound

Tabletop Scientist: The Science of Sound

Introduce kids to the scientific principles of sound with a series of simple, fun-to-conduct experiments. Each exercise illustrates an individual concept, from detecting the speed and direction of sound to making recordings. They'll build a bottle ...
Tale of the Tree Rings PowerPoint Presentation

Tale of the Tree Rings PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint presentation for the Tale of the Tree Rings workshop ...
Termite Architecture

Termite Architecture

How Termites Inspired Mick Pearce's Green Buildings Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Image of pocket microscope

The $1 Pocket Microscope

Explore the microscopic world around you with this $1 3D printed microscope. Looking at insects, plants, and even dirt close up can be fascinating! ...
The Ultimate Guide to Playtime

The Ultimate Guide to Playtime

The most comprehensive article, from Mom Loves Best, about why playtime is important and what it looks like from birth to 4+ years old. Highly recommended for early childhood educators and parents alike ...
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The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot #2) by Peter Brown

Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings--but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill ...
Theory Cubes - Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Theory Cubes – Best Nature of Science Lesson of ALL TIME!

Theory cubes is the BEST nature of science lesson of all time. Engage students to use evidence to support their claims and then demonstrate the way science works by not revealing the "right" answer. NOTE: ...
Theory Cubes (Spanish) - Teoria de los Cubos

Theory Cubes (Spanish) – Teoria de los Cubos

Naturaleza de Leccion de Ciencia ...
This Land Is Your Land

This Land Is Your Land

This classic ballad is brought to life in a richly illustrated edition for the whole family to share. Woody Guthrie's powerful lyrics and Kathy Jakobsen's detailed paintings invite readers on a journey across the country, ...
This Old Band

This Old Band

What kinds of instruments would you imagine a band of cowboys playing? Surely nothing fancy, but they can still make do with what they have, like jugs, combs, boots, and whatever else they can find ...
Three Wheeler

Three Wheeler

From littleBits ...
Tidal Locking

Tidal Locking

Why do we only see one side of the moon? This MinuteEarth video answers that question ...
Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

This book follows a seed as it grows into a flower ...
Tiny Seed, text only

Tiny Seed, text only

Use this with annotation cards to engage students with the text from this picture book ...
Tongue Depressor Harmonica

Tongue Depressor Harmonica

Create this #STEMontheCheap harmonica using large craft sticks, rubber bands, and some other inexpensive materials ...
Toys From Trash

Toys From Trash

Our core belief is that children learn by doing - by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking -- pulling things apart, putting things together. We believe that this hands-on science helps them relate to curriculum and get ...
Toys From Trash Ball Bounce

Toys From Trash Ball Bounce

Turn a water bottle into a ball launcher with some simple supplies ...
Toys From Trash YouTube Channel

Toys From Trash YouTube Channel

Our core belief is that children learn by doing - by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking -- pulling things apart, putting things together. We believe that this hands-on science helps them relate to curriculum and get ...
Treasures for Teachers of Tucson

Treasures for Teachers of Tucson

Our resource center has a wide variety of unique and useful materials you might spend days or weeks trying to find.  Whether it’s plastic bottle caps and fabric scraps or golf balls and office supplies, ...
Triangle Butterfly

Triangle Butterfly

Adapted from Arvind Gupta’s Toys from Trash Beautiful Butterfly ...
Tubby the Tuba

Tubby the Tuba

When the recording of Tubby the Tuba was first released, it met with instant success, and it went on to sell 13 million copies. Now, these classic characters have been reimagined by Henry Cole in ...
Understanding Science: How Science Really Works

Understanding Science: How Science Really Works

A searchable resource library with nature of science lessons ...
University of Kentucky Real Curriculum

University of Kentucky Real Curriculum

The Realistic Explorations in Astronomical Learning (REAL) Curriculum is an integrated mathematics science curriculum designed by Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm and Dr. Ron Wilhelm. REAL is designed for use at the middle school level. You will ...
Using Blocks to Develop 21st Century Skills

Using Blocks to Develop 21st Century Skills

An in-depth article about using the long-standing, developmentally appropriate activity of block play to teach 21st Century Skills. Includes a checklist to evaluate your block play area around 21st Century Skills ...
Velcro Craft Sticks

Velcro Craft Sticks

Turn craft sticks into a fun construction toy using velcro dots ...
Venn Diagram With Lines

Venn Diagram With Lines

Used for brainstorming related to the Design Inspirations lesson from RAFT ...
Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar

A great story about a caterpillar but beware of inaccuracies to the real butterfly life cycle ...
VHS Shamisen

VHS Shamisen

Create this stringed instrument using a few simple materials ...
Violin Generator Directions

Violin Generator Directions

From Dr. Shropshire (Idaho State University) ...
Virtual Geologic Tour from Gray Mountain to Black Mesa, Northern Arizona

Virtual Geologic Tour from Gray Mountain to Black Mesa, Northern Arizona

Dr. Dale Nations leads you from Gray Mountain, north of the San Francisco volcanic field, northeasterly to Black Mesa on lands of the Navajo Nation ...

Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck

Years' Tree Turntable demonstration. Utilizing various make-shift components, German designer Bartholomäus Traubeck has managed to create a modified record player that takes wood slices of a tree and makes music from its inner rings ...
Wave on a String Simulation

Wave on a String Simulation

PHET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder ...
What Do You Do With a Problem

What Do You Do With a Problem

What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This ...
What Do You Do with an Idea?

What Do You Do with an Idea?

A STEMAZing picture book with loads of possibilities for engaging students from social-emotional lessons to developing out engineering ideas and learning from failure. This link takes you to a matrix of questions related to the ...

What Do You Do with an Idea? YouTube Read Along

Read along video of What Do You Do With An Idea? ...
What's In the Garden?

What’s In the Garden?

This picture book is great for exploring what we find in a garden ...
WhatIsNano.org

WhatIsNano.org

A great collection of resources for teaching about nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers ...
Wheels and So Much More from Kelvin Educational

Wheels and So Much More from Kelvin Educational

A great STEM supply company. We used the Front Dragster Wheels (Stock #990168) for our balloon powered cars. These are great because bamboo skewers found at Walmart fit right into them ...
When I Build With Blocks

When I Build With Blocks

When I Build With Blocks transports an everyday classroom into various imaginative scenes - from outer space to the ocean. Any young child, who has ever built with blocks, can identify with this book. Each ...
Wild Robot

Wild Robot

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will ...
Wind Farms and Schools of Fish

Wind Farms and Schools of Fish

CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Woodpecker-inspired Helmet

Woodpecker-inspired Helmet

Creature Feature: Woodpeckers are Pros at Protecting Their Brains Biomimicry Jigsaw article ...
Woody Guthrie, Poet of the People

Woody Guthrie, Poet of the People

This is an introductory biography presented as a picture book with a brief lyrical text and powerful, hand-tinted, woodcut-like illustrations. It includes the complete lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” and excerpts from his ...