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STEM Gems are Here!

STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists.

The experiences begin by setting up connections to prior knowledge. Then, a hands-on activity provides new concepts and the opportunity to design experiments to answer any questions the kids discover. Finally, a connection to a different scenario for the concept is provided to help cement and evaluate the learning.

For more information about STEM Gems, click here.

A new STEM Gem will be available monthly, this month's Mini Ice Rink may be accessed here.

Enjoy this unique learning experience.

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#3 Paol 2016-03-15 13:47
I love the activity, but when I try to print it squares appear on most of the letters :(. Is there a way you can email it to me please and hopefully this will resolve the issue.

#2 NAA 2016-03-15 11:48
Sherry, click on the link in the upper right corner of this page to subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, free of charge. This is where you'll learn more about STEM Gems and other interesting items and information.

Thanks for reading!
#1 Sherry 2016-03-09 11:07
How can I subscribe to this to get it every month?
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