Why You Should Use Photos in the STEM Classroom - momgineer

Why You Should Use Photos in the STEM Classroom

 Why You Should Photograph STEM Prototypes

Take photos of the prototypes or of the design process in your STEM classroom. It will make clean up SO much easier, and your students will have a memory of their prototype to share for many years to come. | Meredith Anderson - Momgineer

Take photos of the prototypes or of the design process in your STEM classroom. It will make clean up SO much easier, and your students will have a memory of their prototype to share for many years to come. | Meredith Anderson - Momgineer
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If you have ever tried a STEM challenge with your kids, you know that they are proud of their hard work (and rightly so). Sometimes, though, due to size, construction, or materials, a completed prototype just can't stay assembled. You will no doubt hear, "But I don't want to take it apart/throw it out/recycle it!"

It's best to let your students know ahead of time when their prototype can't stay in the classroom or go home with the student. Some kids just can't handle the disappointment if they aren't informed at the start that their creation won't last forever. Don't worry though, I have a simple and very effective solution! Most kids can be quite easily soothed to know that their creation can live forever in their heads with a simple photograph. I know this won't work 100% of the time, but it really does seem to work just about that.

Worth a Thousand Words

While the frustration and disappointment is real, nothing quite captures the moment like a photograph. In this digital world we live in, photographs you can hold are even more special than they used to be, and are sure to please even the most reluctant STEM challenge disassembler.

Easy Peasy STEM Photos

You might be thinking that taking photographs sounds nice, but it is just too much effort. Who wants to remember to get out the camera or smartphone, take the photos, and then have them printed? While digital photos can be wonderful, especially if you have a designated STEM photographer for your class website, nothing quite beats a picture that can be displayed proudly at a desk or on a home refrigerator.

I am so excited to be teaming up with several of my favorite educators to give away a Fuji INSTAX® camera with film packs to get you started! This is the perfect way to capture the finished STEM project. Save the digital photos for the in-progress builds and the physical photograph for the completed model.

STEM Recording Sheet

I have created a STEM recording page/graphic organizer with a section to display photos from an instant camera. Please click the image below if you'd like to download and use it.
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I understand about not wanting to give away personal information (even though it is safe with us!). If you still think it's a great idea to take instant photos of your students' completed STEM prototypes, you can purchase this camera and film locally or from online retailers. Here is a quick link to a camera that will work with this free download.

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  1. The students love looking at pictures of their work. They are so proud and become motivated more!

  2. I really do have to make more of an effort to take pictures. Thank you for the reminder! (You make me wish I taught STEM too!)
    Darlene Anne
    ELA Buffet

  3. This is perfect for my son, too. We just don't have room to save all of his STEM projects!

  4. What a great way to keep a record of student designs and help students reflect on previous designs.

  5. Taking photos of student work is great! Then if they are working as a team everyone can have a copy

  6. Thanks for the great idea! I need to get better about taking more pictures.