Ready to bring a STEM activity for your classroom? Check out the Hacking STEM Library presented by Microsoft. As Microsoft states, “Browse our library for downloadable, hands-on, teacher-tested projects and activities that use everyday materials to make STEM affordable, accessible, and fun for everyone.” Each activity includes the title of the lesson, approximate time to complete the activity, age group, materials, cost per student, as well as standards. In addition to lesson plans, there are master skill guides and bite-sized activities that range from 15-minutes to an hour.
Often the activity will require the use of Office, such as the use of Excel. Others require the Data Streamer add-in (free) or Arduino IDE. Material costs are included but may not reflect all required items such as tools and a microcontroller.
In addition to the Activity Library, Microsoft offers a plethora of apps dedicated to STEM as well. Apps include Sphero (reserve Spheros here!), Minecraft Education Edition, Polyup, and more. Finally, if you are a little intimidated by adding STEM to your routine, Microsoft offers courses and teacher resources and you can always ask your Tech TOSA for additional insight and support.