Lesson: SuperStar Rocketry 2 – 3D Printing Lesson
When I first started teaching I got offered an incredible budget to set up my STEM program. The only caveat was that I buy a 3D printer with some of the money. The challenge however, was that I'd never heard 3D printing before, let alone how to design a 3D Printing Lesson. What I needed was something simple, engaging, adaptable, and quick to learn. I did internet research, and though there are some good resources now, at the time there really weren't. Instead I designed my own curriculum for grade 7 & 8. After twelve or so refinements I came up with the 3D Printing Lesson you're about to read.…

Lesson: SuperStar Rocketry 1 – Intro to Rocketry & Data
5...4...2...1...LAUNCH, LAUNCH, LAUNCH! Finally, the moment you've been waiting for; an actual lesson plan for rocketry! Without a solid foundation of common vocabulary, data use, aerodynamics, and science any other lesson in rocketry will fail to launch (Sorry, I couldn't resist), as such we need to begin at the beginning. Don't worry, this isn't rocket science. Wait, it IS rocket science (Last one, I promise)! Still, don't worry even if you don't have any experience teaching a rocketry lesson. After reading this post I am certain you'll be able to guide your students to learn everything they need to know to get started. Also, rockets are fun!…

Books as SuperStar STEM Teaching Resources: Top 5
Despite the massive tonnage of information available on the internet from places like this little 'ol blog I found that when I started my STEM teaching journey I really didn't even know what to look for. Couple that with my lifelong love of reading (including a Masters in English), and it's only natural that I'd turn to books. Specifically, books on Amazon, and ideally books that I could pop onto my kindle reading app with nothing more than a click of a button. Even with the incredible ease of purchase, there was still the matter of finding the right book, and reading it of course.…