STEAM Lesson Plan: Robot Basketball

Robot Basketball: Grades 9-12 What would you do if the big game was on the line and you had to nail free throws to win? It’s a movie plot line that’s been with us since the days of Teen Wolf. But…what if you had a team of robots? In this STEAM lesson, students will design[…]

Adrienne Hoffman Teacher Feature Inventionland Institute

Teacher Feature: Adrienne Hoffman, Cambria Elementary School

Teaching elementary school students poses different challenges than teaching middle and high school students. To be able to take complicated STEAM topics and introduce them in a way that is not only exciting but understandable to younger minds is no easy feat. Adrienne Hoffman, the Inventionland and STEAM Facilitator for grades K-5 at Cambria Elementary[…]

Teaching When Your Schedule Changes

‘Tis the season for two-hour delays, school closings, end of semester exams, modified schedules, and everyone being sick. From January through March, there are a myriad of reasons you may not be able to teach a lesson exactly the way you planned it. Whether it’s because of shortened class times or smaller-than-normal class sizes, you[…]

Gamer Girls Building STEAM

It’s a startling statistic…of the over eight million STEAM jobs out there (and that number is increasing every day), only 15% are filled by women. The world has been trying to entice more and more girls to pursue STEAM careers at an early age with toy companies like GoldieBlox, with after-school clubs and summer workshops that[…]

STEAM Lesson Plan: Candy Cane Calamity

Candy Cane Calamity: Grades 2-8 It’s almost time for winter break and chances are your students are having a hard time sitting in their seats and staying focused. Here’s a fun STEAM lesson plan to keep them motivated and focused while bringing in a little magic of the holiday season. In this lesson, students will[…]

Kurt Mahan Inventionland Institute

Teacher Feature: Kurt Mahan, Brownsville Area School District

Kurt Mahan may be in his inaugural year of teaching the Inventionland Institute Curriculum, but he’s no stranger to the classroom or the world of business. Mahan, whose class list includes courses such as Intro to Business, Entrepreneurship, Banking and Personal Finance, Computer Applications, Marketing and Product Development, Broadcasting and Video Production, and Advanced Career[…]

Teachers Tell Us What Inspires Them

At Inventionland Institute, we recognize all of the hard work educators do both in and out of the classroom. From creating steam lesson plans that keep students engaged to grading papers to mentoring and coaching to managing IEPs and making phone calls home…not to mention running extracurricular activities and buying supplies for their classroom. It’s[…]

STEAM Lesson Plan: Make Your Own Mondrian

Make Your Own Mondrian: Grades 4-6 Piet Mondrian is considered the father of abstract art. In this STEAM lesson, students will learn about the artist, and use geometry to create their own works of art. Materials Needed Black Markers (thin and thick) Red Marker (thick) Blue Marker (thick) Yellow Marker (thick) White Construction Paper Rulers[…]

How To Properly Prepare Subs For a STEAM Classroom

Most teachers don’t want to take a day off from school during those precious first few months of classes. You’re getting to know your students, setting expectations, and creating a feeling of normalcy so when your students walk in your classroom, they always know what to expect. And if you’re teaching in a STEAM classroom,[…]

Teacher Feature: Meghan Hull, Berkshire Junior/Senior High School

Meghan Hull began her teaching career 15 years ago, but, like any seasoned pro, knows that she constantly has to change what and how she teaches in order to meet the needs of her students. Berkshire School District implemented Inventionland Institute’s curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year and she is helping both students and teachers[…]