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.
  • Make jokes about the topic - producing wind, using wind efficiently, wind in your classroom, wind in the kitchen, what produces the most wind, WHO produces the most wind.
  • Make songs about wind.
  • STEM-u-late good times, come on!
  • Find a song that represents wind. (wind instrument, the lyrics "She's like the wind...")
  • Zamfir hahahahahahaha!

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 clip: parents leave kids @ garbage dump.
  • Story or clip about alternative energy.
  • How wind has been destructive (hurricanes, tornadoes)
  • Mechanical to electrical power.
  • Unintended, undesired effects of windmills (BATS!!!!), (Aesthetics)
  • Do towns/cities have the SPACE for windmills? If not, HOW can we support alt energies?

Connect with People

Think of people and ways you can connect students to experts, community leaders, authors, business people for learning.
  • Our group (Gwynneth, Paul, Laura, Peggy)
  • Home Power magazine
  • NREL - Linda Lau, director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Netherlands!!! Denmark??
  • Marlene Kaplan, NOAA
  • Wind farms in Wisconsin, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota
  • National Lab lady (free windmill kit), Newport news VA

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.
  • Skype across the country (NJ, MN, WI, WA) with AWESOME teachers yea

  • The windmill should produce energy to power something worthwhile, that could hopefully be displayed at each school


Think of artifacts and projects that students from DIFFERENT classrooms can co-create relating to STEM.
  • Each class makes a different part of the project, then sends it to be assembled
  • Classes should look into wind resources in their specific region, as they will vary

Be an Idealist

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