If you’re a STEM teacher like me, you are always looking for resources you can use to get students excited about STEM. Ward’s Science has some amazing resources for all things STEM. The website offers a variety of resources that can provide students with an engaging and hands-on experience in class.
The Solar Electric House Kit
The Solar Electric House Kit is perfect if you’re teaching a unit on different forms of energy. It is the perfect way to link the concept of solar energy to the real world. The kit comes with solar panels you can use to power a solar ceiling fan and a light bulb. The kit is missing the necessary structure to build the house, but you can use cardboard, styrofoam, or any other home materials to create the structure of the house. The kit has a blueprint to help you create the structure of the house.
The Robotic STEM Kit
The Robotic STEM Kit was my favorite product of the two I got to experiment with. It allows you to build ten different machines created from different simple machines. The machines transfer and transform energy and are a great way to teach students about: simple machines, energy transformation, and circuits. The Robotic STEM Kit also comes with a teacher’s guide that has lesson plans, information about Rube Goldberg competitions, and other STEM problem solving resources for using the kit in the classroom.
Check out two cool videos of two of the ten machines that I built.
I highly recommend Ward’s Science to STEM Teachers and any parents interested in introducing their children to engaging ways to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Ward’s Sciece also offers teacher grants and funding services. Definitely check it out!
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