Teacher Review For Design Squad Nation

One of the best STEM resources on the web, and its free!

Ravi P.
Technology coordinator
East Avenue Middle School
Livermore, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Science
My Rating 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I teach a STEM Explorations class and this one of my go-to sites. The ability to have all of the Design Squad episodes to watch at any time is great to set-up a unit and/or reinforce the design process. I have also used this website in my Earth Science do to the amount of (FREE!) resources on this website.
My Take
By emphasizing STEM, Design Squad Nation allows students to apply (abstract) content to (concrete) projects to make meaning! The interface can be a little confusing, but don't be frazzled by that. There is a plethora of hands-on resources that explain content in a very easy-to-understand way that my students love. Be sure to also click on the "teachers" link that takes you to a page where the interface is easier to navigate. On this page, you also see lesson plans that I myself have adapted and used.