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Under this heading, I’ll be sharing what I can to help teachers–many of whom are parents, either as support staff or home-schooling leads–and learners–whom we expect to be kids, but may be older students or adults who have only recently discovered how much fun it is to play in the STEM sandbox.
For now, my goal is to coalesce a collection of science projects I developed over many years while serving as The Science Mom at my local elementary school and in a community after-school program. The most-frequent comments I heard when running science project sessions could be summarized as: “I could never do that”. But of course, that’s not true–anyone can run a science project, but maybe not everyone has access to the necessary science information and a set of classroom-oriented instructions and a shopping list designed to keep the teacher’s and parent helper’s budgets under control.
My goal here is to provide those necessary elements, so every Messy Monday project guide has four key components:
- A set of notes for project leaders, sketching the key elements of the project and the science topic it is meant to address
- A detailed supply list, structured to make it simple to purchase supplies for either a one-shot demonstration or for a classroom-sized group activity.
- A set of instructions for working through the project with students, including commentary to help cope with common classroom-management issues, questions that are likely to arise, and issues to keep in mind from safety to fairness.
- A rough estimate of the cost to run the project.
Ready to play? Move on to the Messy Monday blog for the latest entries and archived posts. I’ll try not to launch another project until that one is fairly complete!