Projects & Materials

Here’s where we post examples of inquiry-based STEM learning going on in schools and after-school programs across our network. Browse them all or find inspiration by grade or subject. Each story includes links to student and teacher resources.

Bourne’s Innovation Studio

“What are we going to do if this chair doesn’t work for Goldilocks?” Amy Fish asks the kindergarteners. They are busy building a chair to hold the fabled intruder....

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Clawbots Take Sandwich

Ginger Lavelle is used to working with students who are eager to figure out how things work. She teaches 7th-grade Engineering at Sandwich STEM Academy.

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Big on Biotech in Barnstable

“Biotech, Bio Wide” is the mantra of the biology teachers at Barnstable High school. Their goal is to engage students at all levels in hands-on biotechnology experiences—and they are...

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Hands-on Engineering Falmouth

Students in Bob Porto’s eighth-grade engineering class at Lawrence School in Falmouth say class is not just fun. “It is a huge amount of fun.”

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Building a Mechanical Hand

“I never thought about it before, but I take my own hands for granted,” said Liam Cross, reflecting on his experience building a model of a mechanical hand.

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Augmented Reality That’s Out of This World

At the Massachusetts STEM Summit, a student from Mashpee demonstrates her work, holding an iPad up to a picture of a violin.

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Discovering a World of Code

Code powers our digital world. That’s a good reason to start learning what coding is all about. And it may just be more fun than you imagined.

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Transforming Fish with a Graphing Calculator

Graphing calculators are important tools for high school students but not for eighth-graders, right?

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Design Squad Rocket Launch Day

“Mr. Cutler, are we launching today?”   The eighth- and ninth-grade students in Adam Cutler’s “Design Squad” class had been working for weeks toward this moment....

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Machines in Our World

The children finished building their seesaw in ten minutes flat, and right away they began experimenting with force and balance. 

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A Hydroponics Experiment

Two eighth-grade students leaned in to compare the new growth on their plants. “This one is at least three inches taller,” one observed.  “Yeah, but are there more leaves on mine?” her friend...

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