STEAM Educational Activities – Learning with LEGO

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Our respresentative from LEGO came to S&S for a workshop to feature the new STEAM Park set. In this workshop, our team learned concepts related to STEAM and Makerspace, and the importance of incorporating these activities into your classroom or afterschool program.

LEGO is educational, STEAM focused, and stimulates different areas of children’s minds when they play with these classic manipulatives. Learn several fun, interactive and engaging activities you can use with this new set, and discover how to incorporate LEGO in a Makerspace. Continue reading



Build STEM Skills in the Classroom – Lesson Plans Using Brackitz

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Spending time engaging with building toys, from blocks to Brackitz, has dozens of proven benefits both at home and in the classroom. According to early childhood experts at NAEYC, block play builds problem solving and strategic thinking skills; imagination and creativity; self-expression, language, and social skills; self-esteem and confidence; and so much more. But the learning doesn’t stop with early childhood.

Engineering sets like Brackitz take things one step further, introducing and providing hands-on experience with STEM skills, principles, and vocabulary including gravity, symmetry, balance, stability, measurement, units, addition, subtraction, and more.

Plus, it’s fun! Students of all ages love building and it’s an easy activity to incorporate into any classroom schedule. Continue reading



STEAM Activity for Kids – Create a Binary Code Keychain

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Combine STEM and art to make STEAM with our new Code a Keychain! For this activity, you will learn how to use the binary coding system while creating a keychains. Kids can “code” their own initials using black and white beads following the binary code. The EduCraft® instruction includes information about coding and more. This comes in a pack of 24 and is great for the classroom and afterschool.

If you would like to save and print this activity, here is an easy printable version

Age Group: 6 and upSTEM coding keychain
Project Time: 20 minutes

Your kit contains:

  • White Beads
  • Black Beads
  • Assorted Colored Beads
  • Cord
  • Split Rings

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5 STEAM Building Challenges for Your Program

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Incorporate more STEAM activities into your program with these 5 building and engineering challenges. In the world of science, there are many ways we can introduce fun concepts that are exciting, challenging, scalable, cross categorical, and inexpensive. Your group can also develop problem solving skills and learn how to work together to complete the challenges.

Engineering with Craft Sticks, Cups, Cubes, and Keva Planks

I wanted to give our customers something they could bring to their programs within budget and allow the maker approach to take flight, while supporting their need to include high level STEAM concepts within budget. Offering simple challenges with visual supports helps instructors teach concepts in engineering, introduce the color wheel, physics, and chain reactions. These challenges were inspired and modified from Pinterest and a blog entitled Frugal Fun for Boys.

We tried these with a group of associates from S&S and they had a blast!

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STEM & STEAM Activity Ideas for Physical Education

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Whether you have been challenged to integrate STEM concepts into your PE class, your school is having a STEAM activity day/night or week, or you are looking to partner with Science and Math teachers in your school to enhance learning for your students – we have gathered up a few activities to inspire you.

Why You Should Try Teaming Together STEM and Physical Education?

We have heard from many PE Teachers that finding activities that incorporate STEM are not exactly “easy”, but the benefits of doing so can be very beneficial to students. Research from our friends at Active Schools tells us that kids who get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day are more successful in school. PE Teachers that are actively pairing STEM and PE by incorporating physical movement into lessons are seeing the effects it has on the retention and understanding of important science and math concepts. Continue reading



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