1. Setting the stage: Creating a STEM-friendly environment
Setting the stage: Creating a STEM-friendly environment

Setting the stage: Creating a STEM-friendly environment

When it comes to understanding how students learn, Dr. Michele Borba has earned a reputation for engaging ideas. Discover some of her thoughts to spark opportunities for your student throughout their academic career.


  • We know STEM learning is important — however pushing these subjects on students might not be the best tactic. Here are some natural ways to incorporate STEM into daily routines, from the household to classroom, to help build a genuine interest among students:

  • 1. Opt for television shows and movies that relate to STEM to help spark interest. For example, watch “The Theory of Everything” as a family or class to merge entertainment with learning. Documentaries and biographies are both interesting and fun for students, yet educational and help reinforce a positive message about STEM.

  • 2. Pull news articles about scientists or STEM stories to show reliance to the “real world.” Mark stories with Post-it® Flags and place the newspaper clippings on the kitchen table to read during breakfast or into your student’s backpack to read on the bus.

  • 3. Use everyday tech items and gadgets in a positive way, such as computers for researching news, phones for scientific games, etc.

  • 4. Try experiential learning techniques, such as visits to museums or getting students involved in robotics activities. For younger students, let them play around with household items such as batteries, building blocks, leftover toilet paper rolls, etc. to get creative and innovative by making things on their own.

  • 5. Create a collaborative environment for students, especially in the area in which they study and complete homework to promote educational gains. Try using a Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface to map out group projects with friends or classmates and Post-it® Super Sticky Big Notes to help break down complex problems.


  • Michele Borba

    Michele Borba, Ed.D is an internationally renowned educator, TODAY Show contributor and parenting expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children's character and reduce peer cruelty. 

    For more about her visit www.micheleborba.com or follow her on twitter @micheleborba.

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