STEM Materials, Equipment and Resources
There are many suppliers of STEM technologies out there, so if you know exactly what you're after, shop around for the best price.
Since we often don't know exactly what we want, and we don't have the time to search alternatives, we trust the team at Little Bird to help us. They have a fantastic set of "How to" guides for their top selling products as well. Little Bird also support our workshops, so we think they're pretty great.
There are mountains of coding resources out there, but we love Code.org. It is (mostly) free, covers so many different coding languages, you can use it from prep right through to university, it works on nearly every device, it has pre-made lessons (or you can choose your own resources) it's easy to differentiate, student progress can be tracked and most importantly students love it.
Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez are some of the biggest names in the maker movement (and from our perspective, the skills and knowledge people develop through the maker movement closely resemble what our aim is to develop through doing STEM). Their website is packed with resources and they also frequently run professional development sessions in Australia, which are very worthwhile (when you're not attending ours of course! 😉).
Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez are some of the biggest names in the maker movement (and from our perspective, the skills and knowledge people develop through the maker movement closely resemble what our aim is to develop through doing STEM). Their book is a great introduction to making and how it can look in a classroom context.
This resource isn't perfect, but it's better than most we've seen. It consists of investigation cards (and a supporting teacher resource book) where students learn some basic information about a topic and then they are presented with a design challenge. There is no "right answer" to the design challenge so students can use their skills to take it in different directions. If you need to a primary STEM resource to just grab-and-go (there is also a lower primary box too), this will probably be perfect for you.