STEM in the Classroom

Lunar STEM Activities for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

Lunar STEM Activities for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

Moon STEM activities, books, videos and more are in store in this post! Whether you remember the Apollo 11 mission or have only seen past pictures, the feat remains awe-inspiring. This can be especially true for kids who desire to dream big. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing as we engage kids with history and strengthen their STEM skills for the future. Read on for our list of related STEM activities and resources for your home, classroom, or program.

Mission to Mars: Launch Kids into STEM!

Mission to Mars: Launch Kids into STEM!

If you follow us, you know Vivify is a team of aerospace engineers with a passion for STEM education. Over the years of teaching STEM, we found that kids love stories. And what greater story than a thrilling adventure in space? The result is Launchpad, a 10 unit curriculum that launches students into the world of STEM!

Pi Day STEM Activities

Pi Day STEM Activities

Happy Pi Day week! Are you planning to memorize all the digits of pi or maybe just eat some blueberry pie? If you are looking for new ideas, read on for STEM activities all about Pi! We have everything from a virtual pie to a spinning pie to help celebrate Pi Day with your students.

5 Steps to Get STEM Funding

5 Steps to Get STEM Funding

With limited funding available to schools, teachers struggle to give students access to the latest STEM gadgets or even a basic tablet. But with dreams of their students programming robots and printing 3D objects, determined teachers are seeking out their own funding from grants, corporations, and the local community. How can you make your STEM dreams a reality? What are the best STEM grants? Read on for resources, grant writing tips, and funding opportunities to get your hands on money for your classroom or program!

How to Start an After School STEM Club

How to Start an After School STEM Club

Interested in starting a STEM club at your school? Read on to learn how to get support, find resources, and create an awesome experience for your students. We included tons of links to popular STEM competitions, curriculum resources, and much more to help get your club off the ground!

Bolt: Is Sphero's Latest Robot Worth the Hype?

Bolt: Is Sphero's Latest Robot Worth the Hype?

With the release of BOLT, Sphero has added some cool new features to their traditional robot design, including an animation matrix, light sensor, and BOLT to BOLT robot communication. They have also updated the Sphero Edu app, so robots can also connect to Chrome, Mac and Windows computers. But at $149.99, are these features worth the extra $20 over the popular SPRK+? Read on for an in-depth look at 6 new BOLT features plus 3 awesome STEM activities for your classroom set!

Basics of Sphero Robotics + 3 Awesome Sphero STEM Activities

Basics of Sphero Robotics + 3 Awesome Sphero STEM Activities

Sphero is a robotics company that makes toy robots (you might have seen their BB-8 design), as well as educational robots to make learning fun! In the world of education, they are known best for their SPRK+ robot, which has already captivated classrooms around the world. Now, with the recent release of their newest robot BOLT, Sphero is continuing to showcase their innovative ideas and the educational value of robotics in the classroom. Read on to learn why I love using Sphero in my STEM program along with my favorite STEM Sphero Activities. And in my next post, I will dive even further into using the new BOLT robot!

The Best 3 Back to School STEM Icebreakers

The Best 3 Back to School STEM Icebreakers

Need a fun, easy team-building challenge for back to school? We have you covered with our favorite three back to school STEM icebreakers! Whether preschool or high school, read on for STEM activities and modifications to get your students moving and working together as a team! 

How to Launch Model Rockets & Amaze Your Students! (Pt 3)

How to Launch Model Rockets & Amaze Your Students! (Pt 3)

The most exciting part of rocketry is the thrill of launch day! However, this can be the most stressful day for educators on a limited time frame and 30 rockets to launch! Read on to learn how to set-up a smooth launch event along with tips from my over 400 rocket launches with middle school students! 

This post is part three of a three part series on model rockets in the classroom.