When picturing a STEM classroom, what comes to mind? Is it a teacher at the front of the room, scribbling complicated equations onto a blackboard while students hurriedly take notes? Or is it a laboratory with students hunched over various beakers and test tubes, too focused on their work to speak? More
Too often, STEM education is characterized as both too analytical and too critical. Feelings are for “soft” subjects like English and social studies, right?
As many schools and programs are showing, incorporating empathy into STEM education isn’t just possible. It helps students make profound real-world connections. More
Today, children and adults alike interact with technology more than ever. Just think: how many children under 10 do you know that have their own phone or tablet?
(For us, it’s “plenty.”)
Now, how many children could explain the technology inside those devices?
Understanding how technology works, even at a basic level, gives children advantages. We’ve personally seen how making real-world connections enhances classroom engagement. Experts agree that learning to code is key to computer literacy – a big goal of many learning initiatives. This means it’s important to teach coding and computational thinking to children as early as possible.
The best place to start? Math, science, and engineering classrooms. More
Since launching the Because Learning Lessons Portal, users have been able to search by grade level, subject, and learning standard. Now we’re giving everyone a peek into our curriculum! More
How do you know if an experiment is actually valid? With so many projects, games, and lessons using the “STEM” label, telling the real thing from the wannabes can be tricky. But our newest infographic is here to help. More