Supplemental Education Students in STEM

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

By Mark Oleksak.

“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?”

– Benjamin Franklin


Students need a supplemental learning environment that will engage them and motivate them. These persons need to be challenged so that their mind is sparked and they start asking questions, which leads to creativity and innovation. The following list has been developed to supply some ideas to students and parents on how to be engaged in innovation pursuits during time in a hybrid learning environment.


Hands-on innovation activities at home – Parents, and students can follow ICS articles and tweets, which provide some great inquiry-based activities that lead to additional outreach work.


Makerspaces – The maker-space activities utilize a collaborative fun environment with a focus on student-centered project-based learning. Many maker spaces have been implemented in the past as in-person events or open facilities, but now with the Covid issues, they have transitioned to delivering content in digital technologies, coding, computational learning, prototyping, and more.


If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.

– Walt Disney


Gamification – This has become one of the popular and productive vehicles for outreach learning. Basically, this uses an approach to add gaming elements, such as storytelling, competition, collaboration, and prizes, to an existing learning environment.


Competitions for Innovation – Science & Engineering competitions are excellent venues for students to review a problem or question and use existing tools to create a solution and then test it. They promote background research, critical thinking skills, methodology, teamwork, and communication.


The natural trajectory of giftedness…is the deepening of the personality, the strengthening of one's value system, the creation of greater and greater challenges for oneself, and the development of broader avenues for expressing compassion.

– Dr. Linda K. Silverman


Mentorships and Co-designed Projects – Students have always had excellent experiences working in a lab and experiencing real-world research or innovation projects. Attend summer programs or call on local labs and research centers to determine the availability of these persons.


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