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Mollie H. Appelgate and Constance Beecher

Play dough is universally loved by children. When children design their own play dough, STEM concepts and questions are integral to the activity. What happens when you mix different substances? How can we design better play dough? As children measure the ingredients (flour, water, salt, and food coloring), they also engage in the mathematics of counting scoops, adding fractions, and discussing ratios. In this lesson, children were challenged to design the highest quality play dough and determine the best recipe

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Mollie H. Appelgate, Christa Jackson, Kari Jurgenson, and Ashley Delaney

Introduce two topics in math, volume and triangle types, by using connections to STEM. Contributors to the iSTEM (Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 6 classrooms.