4. When shopping for supplies for the students to use when constructing their STEM projects, think crazy out of the box. One of the best snowball launchers we had was constructed using a hunk of ratty styrofoam, a large serving spoon, and rubberbands!
3. Families are hungry for challenging and constructive time together. They don't know this about themselves, but if they work together on something that can result in a "not counted absence," they will be motivated in the beginning and happy in the end.
2. Nothing will prompt teachers to learn something new and somewhat complicated that does not have a solid reward at the end. No teacher here hated Google Classroom and student Gmail accounts, but STEM Day gave everyone a rewarding reason to get on board.
1. Watching students across grade levels design, construct, and reflect on an identical task revealed MUCH about where they are developmentally and how we can grow each child. Nothing informs learning like other learning. In our de-briefing of the STEM Day events, teachers had the most to share about this.