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.
  • blowing at each other
  • following tornados
  • how blood flows when you are stabbed by a compass
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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.
  • how science has saved a life
  • Buy in: we are too dependent on oil, what alternatives are there
  • fixing collapsed bridges
  • saving coal miners lifes trapped in a collapsed mine
  • space moments--where were you when...

Connect with People

Think of people and ways you can connect students to experts, community leaders, authors, business people for learning.
  • university professor via email
  • local businesses
  • doctors
  • networking that happens at conferences
  • telephone

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, email, facebook
  • just in time drives
  • find the leader, set up first stet
  • letters to soldiers
  • letters to the editor


Think of artifacts and projects that students from DIFFERENT classrooms can co-create relating to STEM.
  • letters to soldiers, editor
  • videos
  • wiki
  • digital storytelling
  • comic strips/brochure, wordle

Be an Idealist

What do you WISH students would be able to do online together relating to STEM.
  • problem solve
  • challenge each other's thinking
  • accept alternative viewpoints
  • publish all artifacts leading to conclusions
  • collaborate, cooperate, grow together