Enhance Learning with the Best STEM Tools for Your Class
STEM is a hot topic in education right now. With more schools across the country adding more curriculum topics that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), digital tools that help teachers enhance these subject areas take on a more important role. The following list provides a sampling of some of the best STEM tools for your classroom to encourage an interest in these subjects.
Biodigital Human is an online, 3D model that helps teachers and students explore all the different systems of the body. Each body part is fully selectable so students can learn the name and function of that body part. Simulated diseases and dissections also make this tool hands-on and immersive for the students. Check out this article to learn more about this resource.
Math Fact Café.
Math Fact Café is a website that offers pre-made worksheets for K-5, and custom worksheets on a variety of math-related topics. Teachers can use it to find homework assignments, create study sheets, or fun games that help improve math skills.
Science360 provides a video library that contains information on the most current events in STEM topics from colleges, universities, science centers, and other credible sources. Video topics include astronomy, chemistry, environment, and related science topics. Check out this article for more ways to use this tool in your classroom.
Teachers TryScience is an online resource that offers tons of engaging lessons that are geared towards STEM subjects. Teachers can find ideas for classroom experiments and other collaborative tools that encourage classroom discussion.
This global project encourages every student to be a citizen scientist by allowing anyone to submit a picture of plants and animals for documentation. Teachers and students can also explore the thousands of pictures already on the site to learn more about nature. Check out this article on Project Noah.
Exploring the Planets.
Exploring the Planets is a website from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum that allows you to travel through our solar system to learn about all our planets. This site also features the history of space exploration as well as current events.
Invention at Play.
Invention at play is a free online resource that offers tons of DIY activities and educational games that are geared towards the science and engineering subject areas. Teachers can use these activities as class labs to help build engineering and creative skills.
What STEM resources do you use in your classroom? What do you think are the best STEM tools? Do you have any project ideas for building STEM skills in the classroom? Let us know in the comments below!
Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.