STEAM Up Learning with 50 Fabulous Resources!

“… all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world.” – Deborah Meier

I had an amazing time sharing with Texas teachers at the TCCA Conference! Below are the slides and resources for my first presentation, STEAM Up the Learning! Many of the missions in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning with Missions, are aimed at inspiring students to think critically, focus on questions versus answers, conduct hands-on research, and make a difference in the world with their innovations. The field of Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math (STEM/STEAM) is at the heart of innovation, discovery and curiosity. The resources below will help you support your students by walking them through the steps of the Engineering Design Process and also helping them understand the importance of STEM and being a problem solver!

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Slide Presentation

50 Resources

  • These are 6 characteristics of a great STEAM lesson I’ve adapted from EdWeek:
    • Connect & integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math
    • Real world learning
    • Hands-on inquiry
    • Cooperative learning
    • Multiple right answers
    • Engineering Design Process (EDP)
  • Where to find activities, projects and lessons:
    • The Science Demo Guy’s website has free STEM and Engineering Design Process posters and experiments to download and print.
    • NASA has amazing resources for educators, including free projects, lesson plans, videos, and interactives! Students can join the competitions for free when you set up a free Future Engineers account for them.
    • Sign up for a free Mystery Science membership and receive access to tons of awesome standard aligned lesson plans and projects.
    • The Exploratorium lets you search by content area for experiments with inexpensive household items and materials.
    • TeachEngineering is a free K to 12 STEM curriculum.
    • Kidtown is a free comic with facts about science, nature, and people.
    • Find STEM resources and projects with Google templates free to edit and use from the school I teach at here.
  • The Driving Question Tubric is a free hands-on project to help students create driving questions.
  • My school uses the Lulzbot Mini 3D printer.
    • I recommend Tinkercad and Thingiverse for 3D printing projects, tutorials, and templates for K to 12.

Challenge: Use one of these resources or more and let us know how the resource helped inspire your students to be innovative!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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