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Resources to Help Your Middle Schooler “Rock” STEM!




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So…you may have read recently that my 12-year-old daughter dropped a bomb on my and informed me that she loves science…and math…and technology… Which, even though I thought I knew her, was familiar with her learning style, and enjoyed many happy hours crafting and playing piano with her, kind of broadsided me!

OK, I’m managing to deal with this. But being neither the S.T.E.M-familiar nor S.T.E.M-focused momma that I am, this has caused me to embark on a journey of discovery and questioning.

Mainly: what the heck am I gonna do to engage my daughter’s interest in this area? And how am I gonna find stuff for her to do?! {{sigh}}

If you were "in a stew about STEM", like I was...these STEM resources are sure to help your middle schooler or older rock their STEM studies!

From years of homeschooling, I’ve come to the understanding that when faced with questions such as these, the best place to turn is – where else? – other homeschoolin’ mommas who might have a thing or two to share. And the aforementioned mommas, who also happen to blog with the iHomeschool Network, rallied ’round.

If you find yourself in the same boat as I, today I’m sharing with you the fruits of my labor. You can also find these on Pinterest on our “Fun with S.T.E.M” board, so head on over there if you’re a fellow pinner 😉

And, of course, in an effort to encourage and share with each other, if you know of any other resources, please do leave them in the comments!! I’ll add them to our Pinterest board, too!

Homeschooling STEM collection of MP3s

This collection of 5 recordings from authors, programmers and instructors focus on S.T.E.M. subjects. Listen to a few snippets to see if they interest you. They are available to download so you can listen while you’re on the go!

 

General Science-focused:

From TheKennedyAdventures, I love the idea of studying science with Netflix movies!

Why Stargazing is Important to Kids, from MilkAndCookies

Two fun posts from SchoolingAMonkey: Easy Science Experiments with Static Electricity and Educational Kids’ Activities for Summer

AdventuresInMommydom shared Teaching the Scientific Method to Kids, Blood Types Activity for Kids, and the ever-important What to do When Your Experiment Fails!

How bout making a sundial with your kids this summer? Courtesy of the HappyBrownHouse

Make the occasion something special this year with some of these New Year’s Eve projects shared by RaisingLifeLongLearners!

Love, love, LOVE this combination nature study/photography project from OurJourneyWestward!

Technology today:

Read about our experience with the AtmosFlare 3d pen

From QuickStartHomeschool, I think younger kids would get a kick out of these neat temperature-sensitive stickers!

More of an engineering approach:

Building these Toothpick Bridges is so much fun! From EvaVarga (and she has a super science-focused site!)

HappyBrownHouse suggests some great engineering/architecture-related books for the younger set

You can get super carried away with designing your dream house, dontcha think?! From EverybodyIsAGenius

Mah-velous Math ideas:

Just ask my kids – I’m a huge fan of Venn Diagrams (but I really don’t know why…). And this is a sweet and fun way to introduce the concept to the little ones, from TeachBesideMe

This, from OrdinaryHappilyEverAfter, is more of a mom-resource, for literature-based math. Interesting post, tho!

These print, cut and fold books look like lots of hands-on fun, too! Available for both Math and Science.

 

These and lots more on our “S.T.E.M. Fun” Pinterest board!
Follow PatAndCandy.com’s board STEM Fun! on Pinterest.


And of course, Amazon has a bunch of S.T.E.M. activity sets and resources. I looked through the reviews on many of them and posted my favs here; I’ve already ordered 50 STEM Labs, Vol. 6 (but check it out, they’re up to the 7th volume!!)  and The Everything STEM Handbook (which is FREE for kindleunlimited subscribers). I can’t wait to try them out this summer!

How do your kids feel about S.T.E.M. subjects? Do you have any favorite resources, programs or activities that you enjoy doing together? I’d love to get some more help ideas 😉 from you in the comments below!

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4 Responses to Resources to Help Your Middle Schooler “Rock” STEM!

  1. Cindy January 26, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    What a great resource! Thanks for including my little ol’ photography project. 🙂

    • Pat February 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

      Well, that “little ol’ photography project” is part of what makes this a great resource! So…thanks for putting it together 🙂

  2. Patty April 24, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    Math and Science have always been my favorite, and somehow I managed to have only 1 child who loved it. How does this happen?

    It is always a struggle to find suggestions to keep kids engaged in subjects they don’t love. I will be sure to check out some of your recommendations.

    • Pat April 25, 2016 at 7:34 am #

      Ha! I’ve always been an English/Language Arts sorta gal, and it appears only one of them caught that one, too! Still scratchin’ my head …LOL Hey, since you’re a math/science person, I’d sure appreciate you throwing any ideas my way – you have a willing student (or two!) here!

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