• Strategy: Preparing for Success in STEM
  • Skill: Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities
  • Time: Length: 90 minutes
  • Guide Type: Training (large group)

Prepare to Say “It’s STEM”

Participants will engage in the straw rocket challenge to learn to prepare and plan STEM learning opportunities.


Engage in a hands-on STEM engineering activity and reflect on what it takes to prepare for hands-on STEM learning.


  • Welcome – 5 minutes
  • Introduction – 5 minutes
  • See the Skill in Action – 10 minutes
  • Getting Organized to do STEM Video-Based Learning Module
  • Hands-on Learning – 40 minutes
  • Straw Rockets
  • Planning a Lesson – 25 minutes
  • STEM Planning Template
  • Conclusion – 10 minutes

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Staff Development Guides are available as PDF files. Guides include everything needed to conduct the professional development including handouts and links to the video-based learning module and hands-on learning activities. Click to download this guide

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