Power up STEAM with NASA and project-based learning

STEAM is an integrative approach that builds student interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math as it develops a range of important skills. The multidisciplinary nature of STEAM addresses the ISTE Standards and reinvents learning by:

  • Promoting collaboration among educators across disciplines to develop projects or challenges.
  • Designing activities that use data to address real-world issues.
  • Helping students apply higher-order thinking skills to open-ended problems.
  • Allowing students to design and innovate.

The STEAM approach fosters innovation, values real-world application, builds content knowledge and provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. With STEAM, educators can capture the imagination and empower students to explore a universe of possibilities.


Your road map to STEAM projects

Discover creative ideas for blending arts with science, technology, engineering and math with project ideas and best practices in the book STEAM Power by Tim Needles.

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The NASA STEAM Innovation Lab brings together NASA scientists, engineers and educators to explore and develop ideas related to space science in a variety of learning environments.

Explore STEM videos, activities, experiments and data sets that allow your students to learn real-world science in the classroom or on their own.

The best way to learn about science is to do science. Participate in STEM research with some citizen science projects to help scientists unravel the mysteries of the universe.


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Video: ISTE Standards In Action: Innovative Designer

Students in Ashley Chassard’s science class at Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia, are involved in real-world research to discover if estrogen can prevent degradation of neurons in the brain that is associated with Parkinson’s disease.


Article: The How’s And Why’s Of Going ‘Full STEAM Ahead’ In Your Classroom

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Article: For Teachers, A STEAM Workshop Where Arts Are Key

Crayola’s CreatED workshops get learners thinking about the concepts that power technology in a tactile, hands-on way, even when they’re not using any.


Lesson Plans: Microsoft Education

Find free ready-made STEM lessons that allow students to explore the topics they are curious about — from sharks and circuits to life aboard the International Space Station.