I am also a senior attending Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. While there are many websites that provide great connections to STEM, I would like to remind you about resources that are so simple they are usually overlooked. In my classes this year, we have talked multiple times about networking and using community resources. In other words, bring in the professionals! For instance, during a lesson on weather, ask your local meteorologist to come into the classroom. By doing so, your students will be able to make personal connections with science, which is what STEM is all about. Thinking back to my school years, the days I remember the best were those that involved speakers. Science becomes much more fun when you can relate to the content and create connections with the real world. Thanks for asking such a great question!
I am now left with a question myself. To all of the experienced teachers, what kind of speakers have you utilized in your classrooms? What lessons are great for incorporating the community?
All the best,