January 09, 2017
4 Super-Fun Resources for STEM Outdoor Learning Adventures
"The four STEM apps below all get kids moving in different ways, whether by looking up at the sky, analyzing how their own bodies move, discovering unique objects to photograph, or getting muddy at their local watershed."
STEM learning can take kids places they never imagined were possible. Those places include going beyond the classroom and into nature. What kinds of tools can make this a reality? Danny Wagner, a manager of STEM content at Common Sense Education, has the answer. He shares 4 worthwhile resources for STEM outdoor learning adventures in his Mindshift article Four STEM Tools to Get Kids Learning and Exploring Outdoors.
As the importance of STEM learning grows in education, so do the resources needed to bring it to students in unique and informative ways. If those resources can connect students to the real world in a hands-on manner, all the better. Danny advocates for this in his article, citing the true benefits of creating STEM outdoor learning adventures:
"Getting out of the classroom can benefit everyone — both teachers and students. Fresh air and fresh perspectives combine to allow for new types of creativity, for play, and for a chance to connect learning to life."
The four tools that Danny talks about for STEM outdoor learning adventures are below. Check out his article for more in-depth descriptions and ideas for how to use them:
Have fun exploring the links and figuring out how to use these unique web tools in your own STEM teaching and learning. When you're done, go ahead and craft your adventures into fully-developed lesson plans using the Solution Fluency Activity Planner. It's the only resource you need to make STEM outdoor learning adventures an amazing reality for students.