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.
  • past stories
  • music videos
  • youtube
  • song and dance
  • bad jokes
  • crazy experiments
  • unexpected demonstrations
  • pictures

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.
  • Deadliest Catch connections
  • vignettes
  • personal stories from students
  • teacher's personal studies
  • career connections
  • real world connections
  • global connections
  • family and friends
  • news stories

Connect with People

Think of people and ways you can connect students to experts, community leaders, authors, business people for learning.
  • professional networking
  • skype
  • local university connections
  • other university connections
  • researchers
  • engineers
  • local politicians

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.
  • facebook
  • edmodo
  • skype
  • connecting with middle and elementary schools
  • parallel classrooms/peers
  • take part in local political actions


Think of artifacts and projects that students from DIFFERENT classrooms can co-create relating to STEM.
  • public service announcement
  • youtube to make pitches
  • videography
  • fundraising
  • mentoring digitally
  • digital storytelling
  • music
  • paper slides

Be an Idealist

What do you WISH students would be able to do online together relating to STEM.
  • skype
  • build math and science relationships for each other and share them
  • students as teachers
  • identify issues and create ideas
  • problem solve/critical thinking
  • publish