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.


  • Sack racing (time versus distance calculations)
  • Time it takes to make someone laugh
  • silly data eg: length of big toe
  • data about teachers
  • data about silly movies
  • making a silly movie

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.
  • personal economic impacts
  • student-generated stories
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Effects of Smoking
  • Effects of common diseases
  • Oil Spill

Connect with People

Think of people and ways you can connect students to experts, community leaders, authors, business people for learning.
  • get info from city re: foreclosures, income, whatever the kids like/want to know
  • Have a skype conversation with Danny Forester on buildings
  • Get with local people in engineering to assist with problems
  • Have students call different experts to interview for information to bring back to the classroom
  • MIS and actuaries specialists discuss different aspects of their jobs
  • Have a professor teach a lesson

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.
  • plans for bikeway
  • ways to help homeless students
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Think of artifacts and projects that students from DIFFERENT classrooms can co-create relating to STEM.
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Be an Idealist

What do you WISH students would be able to do online together relating to STEM.
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