Today I’ll be spending some time with the local STEAM Society at a Science On Tap event for an evening of science, beer, and conversation. Each Science On Tap event showcases a different STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) related subject with some great interactives.
The event is sponsored by Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. C’MON is a brain-building powerhouse and Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted to helping children and families to learn through play.
To get ready, I’ve been reviewing several of the articles I’ve collected on STEAM resources for teachers, parents and other caregivers. Here’s a curated list of six STEAM sites or apps to help children learn more about STEAM topics. Most of these run on a variety of devices. I also included one really fun site to give children a break from these devices and get them moving!
Mathematics games, worksheets and word problems for grades K to 6. Short animated games encourage students to learn through play. There’s also the usual curriculum material such as worksheets and lesson plans. Aligned with UK Primary Maths curriculum and popular UK textbooks, but useful for teachers and students everywhere. Runs on desktop and mobile devices. You can sample many of the lessons and inexpensive subscription plans are available that include reporting and assessment of progress.
Created for children between 3 and 12 years old (pre-K to grade 6). You’ll find activities for Mathematics, Science, Computing, French, Spanish and ESL. Free sample lessons called resource packs and a 21 day trial are available. Available on desktop and mobile devices. Education City employs more than 100 people to create content, including artists, programmers, producers, trainers and educational advisors. Explore Educaton City Sample lessons.
TinyTap is a marketplace of fun educational games created by teachers. TinyTap encourages students to learn by playing interactive games, with over 100,000 titles. You’ll find activities for ages 3 to 14. Though the quality of content varies widely, you’ll discover plenty of free samples. Subjects include Math, Nature, Language Studies, Music, Art and Social Skills. Also available as an app with subscriptions for mobile devices. The TinyTap Create authoring tool allows you to make your own interactive lesson for use by your students or to share with others in the TinyTap Market.
Tinybop offers seventeen educational apps to encourage children’s curiosity and creativity. Apps in the Explorer’s Library use interactive models that let children explore the invisible and awesome wonders of our world. Each app in the Digital Toys collection is an open-ended construction kit that lets kids build, test, and play with anything they can imagine. Tinybop apps have won awards and recognition from Apple, Children’s Technology Review, Parent’s Choice Foundation, and AASL. In 2019, Tinybop launched TinyBop School to introduce complex science topics easily and playfully with curriculum-aligned, inquiry-based models and supporting materials. Learn more and get a free 30 day trial at https://schools.tinybop.com
PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. The goal of this organization is to increase STEAM literacy worldwide and create engaging interactive content that encourages students to ask questions and explore STEAM topics. Teachers can filter simulations by grade level and topic. You can also see results by subject matter or choose from elementary, middle, high school or university selections.
Teachers TryScience is a web site for teachers working with students in grades 5 to 12. This site provides hundreds of free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Go Noodle is movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Made for families and educators, hundreds of pre-recorded videos encourage children to move, exercise, and be active. Available for free at school or home.