As educators around the country are preparing students and parents for several weeks of virtual learning, the STEM Careers Coalition has introduced dozens of new digital resources that are easily adaptable for use at home. These highly engaging activities are appropriate for grades K-8 and encourage students to use their problem-solving skills to address everyday challenges. Read below for an overview of four of our favorite new activities!
In Water Solutions, students have the opportunity to discover how household materials can be used filter contaminants from water. Perfect for grades K-5, this elementary school activity includes a printable filter testing handout and step-by-step instructions to implement. Students will have a great time just creating the “contaminated” water with dirt, pebbles, leaves and paper to test against the filters.
It’s important for students to make sure they are remaining physically active, even from home! The Move It! Activity encourages students to examine the importance of regular physical activity in order to live their best lives! This is an incredibly timely exercise that uses family collaboration and brainstorming to help students discover why those regular breaks to get their bodies moving are so vital.
Although students are not in the school environment right now, Waste Not provides a great exercise for identifying ways to manage food waste at home. Using the resources included in the downloadable PDF, students can develop a plan to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste effectively. This is an activity that encourages involvement by the whole family, and one that can lead to long term lifestyle improvements!
For grades 6-8, Petroleum Hunt takes students on a journey to learn the amazing range of everyday products that are created from petrochemicals. Students will discover that everything from musical instruments to makeup and furniture are petroleum refined products and end with a collage of product images developed based on their research.
Each of these activities and more can be found at STEMCareersCoalition.org, along with the ever-expanding Careers Portal, which allows students to explore a wide variety of STEM careers. This library of resources will continue to expand, so make sure you check back for updates.
A coalition of industry partners that has joined forces with Discovery Education to impact the culture of STEM education in K – 12 schools nationwide, the STEM Careers Coalition’s mission is to empower educators with digital resources to teach STEM effectively, foster equity and access to quality education, and build the next generation of solution-seekers at no-cost to schools. Coalition partners include The Manufacturing Institute, Chevron, API, Microsoft and Boeing.
Discover more about Discovery Education’s corporate and community partnerships and the COVID-19 student, educator, and family resources at DiscoveryEducation.com and through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate Education Partnerships channel. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home.??
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