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This section provides you with links to helpful documents, articles and activities. We recognize that you might be searching for a wide variety of activities and experiments and we don't want you to be confined by only what STEM Starter offers.  Therefore, we attempt to provide you with additional resources and opportunities to learn more about the STEM fields.  Whether you find information via our website and written materials or by accessing another - it doesn't matter; just as long as you find what works for you and your student.  

STEM Starter: Charting a New Course

STEM Starter: Charting a New Course is our flagship book of experiments and currently available for download.  We invite you preview some of the experiments from our book by visiting the tab Activities by Area of Study.  Here you will find four experiments from the four STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  STEM Starter: Charting a New Course is different from other STEM books.  In our first edition book you will find STEM experiments that don't require fancy materials and equipment; rather we encourage creativity and try to utilize materials that are easily accessible and typically located in your home.  STEM Starter: Charting a New Course provides 52 Experiments, that is one experiment per week - a full year of STEM education and guidance for students of any age.  We hope you enjoy the STEM experiments as much as we do!  

STEM & Safety

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of children.  All of our experiments note safety precautions and advise students to work in tandem with a responsible adult.  We understand the STEM fields are exciting and thrilling to learn; however, all learning must be done under the supervisory awareness of an adult mentor.  We ask that all parents, teachers, guardians take Safety as seriously as we do at STEM Starter and not leave children alone without supervision and assistance.  Who knows... you might learn something new about a STEM field as well!

 

STEM & The Scientific Method

The Scientific Method is certainly one of the more important processes a scientist can use when planning an experiment.  So we included information to assist you and your student in following and learning more about this method.  We encourage you to review the information provided and don't hesitate to ask us questions and provide constructive criticism regarding this information.  We are continually updating this website and the materials we provide in order to offer you and your students with a product that is clear and concise.

 

STEM & The Hypothesis

The Hypothesis, which is part of the Scientific Method, is designed to encourage your student to engage in critical thinking and learning how to make a reasonable guess. We included this vital section in order to assist parents, adults and teachers through this vital process.  The hypothesis section provides general questions, ideas and suggestions you can utilize in order to engage your student prior to a planned activity. After your student completes an experiment; you and your student then have an opportunity to learn if their hypothesis is correct or incorrect and record that data.  

STEM & The Researcher's Diary

The Student Data & Log Section provides guidance to assist in data collecting and recording of activities.  We encourage you to review this section for your experiments but we don't want you to confined to what we provide.  Data collection can be recorded in a simple spiral bound notebook, loose leaf paper or composition book - so feel free to use what is most convenient for you.

STEM Fair Blog Tutorial

The STEM Fair Blog Tutorial is a series geared towards helping your student prepare for their first STEM fair.  This weekly blog tutorial begins August 21, 2020 and runs through until the end of April 2021.  Our goal is to provide you with weekly guidance and suggestions on how to create and develop a "mock" STEM experiment.  The tutorial breaks down and divides the process of creating a STEM Fair project into approximately 30 sections with corresponding homework activities.  Should you wish; this is a phenomenal opportunity to incorporate this project series into your weekly STEM activities.  Postings are made every Friday at 9 a.m. There are no STEM Fair Tutorial posts on holidays. 

STEM Resources

This section provides additional resources

for your review. 

We will change this section frequently, so make sure to keep a watchful eye for new information.

The Brain STEM

Brain Sketch

SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

Mistakes that Produced Scientific Advancements - Science Book 6th Grade | Children's How Things by Baby Professor (Author)

ONLINE:

 https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/secret-science-mistakes-boost-understanding

Clock Gears

STEM-winder

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones (Author), John O'Brien (Illustrator)

ONLINE:

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/infographic.view.php?id=11358

Spanning

 

STEM

Bridge into the Woods
Staircase

Bucking the SySTEM

 

MATHEMATICS RESOURCES

BOOK:

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Matt Parker (Author, Narrator), Penguin Audio (Publisher)

ONLINE:

http://youngmathematicians.edc.org/mindset/the-power-of-making-mistakes/