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The Design Process Posters

Two colorful posters (blue background or white background) have been adapted by NSTA Press from PBS Kids Design Squad Global. Print them on your printer, or send them to a professional printer to have them laminated on poster paper for your classroom! A black and white version is also available.

New Student Pages and Activities

Picture-Perfect STEM K-2: Design a Habitat New STEM at Home

Picture-Perfect STEM K-2: Design a Habitat New Explore Phase

 

Sample Lesson - Mirror, Mirror 

Using flashlights, mirrors, and spoons, learners explore how light travels. They investigate how light is reflected differently by curved and rough surfaces and why mirrors are the best surfaces for seeing themselves.

Sample Lesson - Pillbots 

After making observations of pill bugs, students are challenged to solve a human problem through biomimicry, the design of technologies that are modeled on living things. They read about some pill bug–inspired technologies as well as some other examples of biomimicry, and then design a device that mimics a pill bug’s structures and behaviors. Download Pillbots Handouts here.

Sample Lesson - Robots Everywhere

After sharing what they know about different types of robots, students model how robots are programmed to perform tasks. They learn that every robot is designed for a specific job, and that job determines what a robot looks like. They also make a labeled drawing of a robot that could complete a particular task in their own home or at school, and they compare it with another technology designed to solve the same problem. (This link also includes the first 5 informational chapters of Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, Grades K-2.)

Sample Lesson - Roller Coaster 

Learners explore ways to change the speed and direction of a rolling object by building roller coasters out of pipe insulation. By conducting dropping races with everyday items, they discover that all objects, regardless of their mass, fall to the ground at the same rate (in the absence of air resistance).

Seven Myths of STEM Article

Are you an elementary teacher challenged with integrating STEM into your already full instructional day? Are you wondering how to give equal weight to all four of the STEM disciplines, how to fit an engineering design challenge into every lesson, how to obtain all of the expensive, high-tech materials necessary to teach STEM, and how to prepare each and every one of your students to enter a career in the STEM fields? No worries … these are just a few of the many myths that surround the teaching of STEM. In this article, we share even common myths of STEM.

Stuck On Science 

Check out this website for some videos of Picture-Perfect Science in action! The site also contains some other great lessons and ideas for making elementary science come alive.