Regardless of age, science and STEM skills are a core necessity for curriculum planning. The integration of art enables hard sciences and soft skills—like imagination, collaboration, and empathy—to coexist. Creative thinking is essential for taking a leap forward in STEM, and hand-on tools can help you create an engaging STEAM environment for your students.
Check out these 10 NEW, innovative products for 2020 that offer the best of both STEM and STEAM worlds!
Yellow Door Dinosaur Bone Match & Measure Set and Activity Cards
Discover some manipulatives your young learners will “dig”! Play a few rounds of “bury-go-seek.” Students can excavate bones hidden inside a sand or water table, a garden soil bed, or around the classroom. Once found, kids can match bones to their proper place on the matching fossil-like activity cards (sold separately).
Crayola creatED Moved by Math Family Engagement Kits
Watch even the most hesitant STEM learners turn math into a masterpiece with Crayola creatED kits! The addition of art is proven to help children of all ages to better engage and retain complex science and math concepts. That’s why Moved by Math boxes let teachers and parents subtract the boring textbook, add over 30 Crayola art
s and crafts supplies, and multiply 3 visual project-based ideas that teach foundational math concepts in a creative, non-intimidating way.
Corwin From STEM to STEAM Paperback Book, Second Edition
Teaching is both an art and a science. It’s no wonder then that student creativity is a critical ingredient to STEM learning in today’s multifaceted classroom. Whether you’re looking for inspiration on how to add a makerspace to your school or want ready-to-go, classroom-tested K-12 STEAM lesson plans, this renowned From STEM to STEAM resource book has you and all your students’ learning styles covered!
Carson Dellosa World of Eric Carle Flash Cards
From car rides to the classroom, use any free moment to learn with World of Eric Carle flash cards! Little readers in grades PreK to 1 can now practice, recite, and master the art of ABC’s, 123’s, colors, shapes, and words as they flip through familiar hand-painted illustrations by author Eric Carle. Complement with The Hungry Caterpillar (which celebrated 50 years in 2019 as a leading children’s book!), The Grouchy Ladybug, and Carle’s other classics for extra reinforcement.
School Specialty Little People Big Dreams Book Series
The classic question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” takes on a magical, page-turning answer with the Little People, BIG Dreams book series for kids! Educational entertainment at its finest, this set of 30 mini biographies captures the life of the iconic greats and how each was once a child with a big imagination (just like the rest of us!). And what makes these books legendary for kids AND nostalgic adults: the quirky cartoonish illustrations, simple age-appropriate text (grades PreK to 2), and extra facts and biographical timeline at back.
Channie’s Cursive Writing Tools:
Visual Dry-Erase Cursive Magnetic Board Set & Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook
Step away from the screens, please! It’s time for your students to try some good old-fashioned pen-to-paper handwriting practice with Channie’s cursive writing tool aids. Designed by Chan, a dad who had a simple desire to help his son succeed at handwriting, once and for all. With 16 U.S. states now requiring cursive handwriting as part of school curriculum, it’s time to bring back this art and skill.
Kano Computer Kit Touch, Build and Code a Tablet
Matatalab STEM Coding Set
Welcome young learners to the a-MAZE-ing world of coding…without a computer or screen. Yes, the unique Matatalab STEM Coding Set will feel more like playtime than programming with its hands-on, screen-free adventure game design. Children can decide where and how to steer the adorable MatataBot (robot car) through outdoor trails or an urban city with flags and buildings on the double-sided game mat. An intuitive command tower with image recognition and set of 37 coding blocks with graphic function symbols make creating a series of commands easier than ever!
AquaSprouts Aquaponics Garden, Living Desktop Ecosystem
Part aquarium, part vegetable garden—this is a real-world way to learn about STEM and sustainable farming. Students can watch nature’s biological and ecological cycles shift and evolve every day, as fish and plants thrive together in one contained ecosystem. The AquaSprouts aquaponics garden is one of the most economical ones on the market so you can reap the benefits for your classroom for years to come.
Geyer Instructional General Skills Robotics Challenge Mat
With this mat, robot pals can drive straight or do a dance. Try a combined straight and turn, try out light and color sensor play, or do a robot dance challenge. The programming trials are truly endless. Plus, children can visually “see” the lines just like the robots do when they follow their programmed code paths. This is a must-have for discovery centers! Simply put it on the floor or fit onto a standard FLL competition table and try out robot testing stations.
New products can refresh your classroom lessons and foster STEAM skills in exciting ways. From robotics to handwriting, the new year brings innovative products to help you empower and inspire your students.