A Little Background
Let’s see if I can address the things that will help you the most:
- How do you get materials?
- Are there ways to save and reuse materials?
- What are some procedures you can add to make your use of supplies efficient?
- How do you store all of this stuff?
- What are the essentials that are needed?
How to Get Materials
Ways to SAVE
Here’s Another Idea:
- Buy the 97 cent tape from Wal Mart for projects where kids might need more. When we build roller coasters with foam tubes I give each group a roll of the inexpensive tape.
- For projects that need a good, strong, sticky tape I use the more expensive rolls. BUT I LIMIT how much the kids get. I tear of 2-3 feet of tape and they must use it wisely!
The two materials I use in half sizes the most are pipe cleaners and paper. One thing you might already know is that kids will use the whole pipe cleaner when a one-inch piece will work just as well. So, cut things in half before giving them out!
Can We Talk About Storage?
What Materials Do You Really Need?
- Plastic dishpans
- Plastic shoeboxes with lids in small and large sizes
- Larger baskets for bigger projects
- Flat trays
- foam cups
- craft sticks in two sizes
- foil, plastic wrap, waxed paper
- pipe cleaners
- 3 ounce paper and plastic cups
- index cards, cardstock, construction paper
I hope you have found a few ideas about using materials in your STEM class! If you missed Parts 1 and 2 of this Summer Series, links are below:
- Part 1- How to Get Your Money’s Worth with STEM Resources
- Part 2- Is the Engineering Design Process Really Important?
- Part 4 – The Most Overlooked Step of the Engineering Design Process
- Part 5 -The Heart of STEM- Problem Solving
- Part 6 – How-to Tips for Successful Teamwork
- Part 7- The Must-Haves for STEM Decor