WPI is taking measures in response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Get the latest information.

The STEM Education Center is committed to providing guidance to educators during this global crisis.

Virtual STEM Meet-ups!

Join us for a LIVE, interactive, virtual STEM Meet-up where we will share online tools and STEM activity resources. Educators are invited to bring an activity or online tool to share with others, or just attend to get some new ideas. We are all in this together. Let’s share our successes and support each other during this unprecedented educational endeavor.

The meet-up will occur each Thursday from 3pm-4pm while schools are closed and is open to all educators, so feel free to invite others. Click here to join us on Thursday:  Virtual Meet-up Link.

Educator Resources

We did our best to compile a list of resources that are free, engaging, easy to use and aligned with state standards and STE practices. Since there seem to be so many resources available, we focused on high-quality STEM & PBL resources and activities that could be useful as you plan student learning and activities remotely. The resources are available below, or in PDF format.

STEM Curricular Resources developed by the STEM Education Center

These resources were developed by the STEM Education Center for Massachusetts STEM Week  2019, and include a short opening bridge design activity (one lesson or shorter), a 2-lesson STEM challenge related to properties of materials, and a full week STEM project about natural disasters. 

What is STEM Education? 
Short Bridge Design Challenge (one lesson or less)
Project Transport, Help a Friend in Need (2-lesson project)
Protecting the Community from Natural Hazards (full week STEM project)

If you use these curricular resources, we’d love to hear from you about your experience and how we might make improvements. Please contact Donna Taylor to let us know about your classroom experience.

Seeds of STEM: Problem solving activities for young children

Seeds of STEM is a year-long, standards-aligned, STEM curriculum for preschool and pre-K classrooms. The curriculum was developed by a partnership that included researchers from WPI, the College of the Holy Cross, and teachers from the Worcester Child Development Head Start Program. Seeds of STEM was tested in multiple Head Start classrooms, through funding from the US Department of Education (IES, grant #R305A150571).  

To encourage teachers and parents to solve problems with their young children at home, Seeds of STEM is offering sets of weekly STEM activities, derived from the curriculum and simplified for the home environment. 

  1.  Introduction to Problem Solving
  2.  Solving Problems with Ice and Water
  3.  Solving Problems about Habitats

Want to know more about Seeds of STEM? Want to bring Seeds of STEM to your classroom? Check out the website: https://www.seedsofstem.org/ , join a webinar, or email Mia Dubosarsky with questions.  

 

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