Making decisions for summer school programs isn’t always easy - it can be challenging to know if a resource or activity will give you and your learners what you need for summer success. This summer, more than ever, students need extra opportunities to expand skills, collaborate and have fun - some of what they missed throughout this year. We’ve identified a few current STEM trends to let you know what is popular - and effective - this summer!
→ STEM Literacy. In these moments of uncertainty, teaching students to find facts for themselves and develop core STEM skills is crucial! Promote problem solving, discovery and creative thinking by incorporating STEM Storybooks to get students thinking—and reading, like engineers.
→ Hands-On STEM. Now, more than ever, learners need engaging lessons that get them moving and using the world around them for inspiration. Collaboration is key! Pair a storybook with a Try It! Kit to double your lesson impact, or use the kits alone to supplement your existing science curriculum.
→ Flexible, Hybrid Models. With shifting timelines for in-person return to school, having lessons that learners can complete from home, during hybrid class time or upon return to class, is key for maximum flexibility. Whether you’re writing up lesson plans from scratch or trying a new Engineering Adventure unit, adaptability is key this season.
→ Real-World Connections. As we do our part to expand equity in STEM and promote broad representation, we know students do best when they connect with the lessons they’re learning. Using real world examples, like those in our Engineering Everywhere units, helps achieve those goals while modeling how students can use STEM skills in their own communities!
The take-away? Look for research-backed lessons and adaptable materials your kids can’t wait to get their hands on to make this year’s summer session a success. Explore EiE summer solutions and contact your EiE representative today to discuss the best options for your classroom, or comment down below and we’ll reach out to you with more information!