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.


Teacher  Annie  Haven

Engineering Materials Shaped by Teachers as Learners

Why does a vibrating string create sound?  How do wave pulses become the zeros and ones in digitized signals? If you’re a teacher, you know it’s hard...

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Girls  Playing With  Roominate  Horizontal

Engineering Inspired by Play

When Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen, the engineers who invented Roominate—a toy that engages girls in STEM learning—talk about what put them on their...

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Art/Tech is on!

The computer lab is buzzing at Cape Cod Community College right now. It’s alive with the energy, hard work, and laughter of students who are taking...

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4 Cstemlogo Fixed

STEM is Building at CCCC

The STEM community at Cape Cod Community College is building. Really building! If you were at the STEM Journey event this spring, you probably saw...

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3 Students Making At  Bourne

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...

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Building A  Clawbot

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...

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Barnstable  Student At The  Microscope

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...

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Building  Blitz  Students  Falmouth

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.” One...

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Liam  Cross And His Mechanical Hand

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...

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Violin  Sc  Web

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. An application in the...

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Learning To  Code

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. Behind...

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Book Event

Transforming Fish with a Graphing Calculator

Graphing calculators are important tools for high school students but not for eighth-graders, right? We know that in high school, graphing...

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