You are brainstorming ideas to connect students to one another to teach a STEM topic or subject. This brainstorming page is meant as a starting point. DELETE the italics as these are the instructions.

Idea Generation

Goal: At least 50 ideas before you move on between all of the categories below. Try for at least 5 ideas in each area below.


Think of silly, funny, hilarious ways to connect students and teach STEM subjects.
  • create a song
  • bad lab behavior video
  • create spoof video

Make Moments

Think of ways you can use powerful, moving, emotional stories and/or media to teach and how you can connect students to build on that moment.
  • video segments from movie or tv
  • current events
  • personal stories
  • guest speaker

Connect with People

Think of people and ways you can connect students to experts, community leaders, authors, business people for learning.
  • invitation to speak to your students
  • solicite through your parent pool for that year & make connections for future years
  • email authors/experts and aske permission to use their work & build from there
  • contact professional organizations within community
  • it never hurts to ask- skys the limit
  • call water testing company in town
  • local parks, conservatories, conservation groups, land use

Take Action and Find Meaning

Think of ways students can connect to each other AND take ACTION in their local communities and online relating to STEM areas.
  • Discovery Education "Change the World" challenge
  • create a blog and invite local community members to input and respond to
  • presentation of ideas to city council, governmental agencies


Think of artifacts and projects that students from DIFFERENT classrooms can co-create relating to STEM.
  • data banks
  • digital photo albums/documentation
  • video of experiments, processes, before & after, how tos

Be an Idealist

What do you WISH students would be able to do online together relating to STEM.
  • interactive learning beyond just sharing
  • sharing of culture, regional, human impact on different areas, etc
  • peer teaching
  • building compacity in low/medium achievers
  • development of compassion for others' situations and background