STEM ED Magazine

STEM ED Magazine started in January 2021 and is rapidly growing both digitally and in-print supporting educators worldwide.

It is filled with stories from everyday educators, research-based STEM articles, helpful resources for classroom teaching, and special features. STEM ED Magazine is bringing together educators from across the world to learn more about how to purposefully integrate STEM into their classrooms.

The mission of STEM ED is to support and empower educators globally to better understand and integrate STEM into their schools and classrooms.

I was very happy to contribute with an article on involving students in STEM related activities both in school time and outside of school hours.


Fi Morrison the founder of the magazine is passionate about early years education, innovation, inquiry and implementing authentic STEM pedagogy into the classroom. She strongly believes in supporting others, and empowering teachers to further develop their skills and evolve their classroom practice. Fi has expanded and is now hosting a STEM ED podcast talking with locally and international experts in their field…..really worth time to listen to!

Our school subscribes to the magazine and I can be often seen handing it out to others 🙂

If you follow TinkeringChild web posts, Facebook or Instagram you will know how strongly I feel about how learning ‘happens’ where constructivism and constructionism thrives……’learning by doing’. The magazine offers plenty of ideas by teachers to incorporate into any classroom. STEM activities by their nature tend to be ‘hands-on’ therefore allowing the child to be more engaged, practicing their skills, accessing prior knowledge, practice in problem solving and critical thinking and often results in a physical creation, demonstrating imagination and creativity.

The “learning pyramid”, sometimes referred to as the “cone of learning”, developed by the National Training Laboratory, suggests that most students only remember about 10% of what they read from textbooks, 75% by practice by doing (hands-on), and retain nearly 90% of what they learn through teaching others…..this happens so often in Makerspaces…an environment I’m an advocate for 🙂

“Practice by doing, a form of “Discover Learning”, is one of the most effective methods of learning and study. This method of study encourages students to take what they learn and put it into practice – whereby promoting deeper understanding and moving information from short-term to long-term memory. Practice by doing makes material more personal, and thus more meaningful to students. Practice by doing also leads to more in-depth understanding of material, greater retention and better recall.”

I highly recommend taking the time to subscribe to STEM ED and listen to the podcasts….we are all life long learners…….like our students 🙂

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!