2nd Edition

STEM by Design Tools and Strategies to Help Students in Grades 4-8 Solve Real World Problems

By Anne Jolly Copyright 2025
    202 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    202 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    The second edition of this practical, how-to guide from expert STEM teacher Anne Jolly reveals the secrets behind designing projects that involve students in using science, math, and technology to engineer solutions for real-world problems. Fully revised and updated from the first edition, each chapter is packed with tools and strategies to help you design and lead exciting STEM projects and lessons and help your students grow into creative thinkers, innovators, and collaborators prepared for life in the 21st century. You’ll learn how to:

    • Select engaging and relevant STEM challenges.
    • Design your own STEM projects using the engineering design process and other acknowledged STEM criteria.
    • Convert existing lessons into quality STEM projects.
    • Include students of different ethnicities and other underrepresented children.  
    • Build students’ abilities to work successfully in teams and practice important life skills.
    • Integrate technology into your projects in authentic ways.
    • Assess students’ understanding of STEM concepts and procedures, problem solving progress, and level of engagement in the project.
    • Involve students in assessing and adjusting their own progress throughout the project.

    Throughout this user-friendly book you’ll find design tools such as checklists, activities, and assessments to aid you in designing and adapting energizing STEM lessons. These tools, as well as other teacher resources, are also available as free downloads from the book website, www.stem-by-design.com.

    1. Why Teach STEM?  2. What is STEM Education?  3. STEM Program Variations  4. Designing a STEM Project  5. Evaluating and Adapting Existing STEM Lessons  6. Including Diverse Students in STEM  7. Leading a STEM Project  8. The Engineering Design Process  9. Selecting a STEM Challenge  10. Preparing Students for Project Success  11. Successful Student Teaming  12. Building Life and Leadership Skills  13. Integrating Technology  14. Assessing Student Progress


    Anne Jolly is a classroom teacher, author, STEM curriculum writer, STEM consultant, MiddleWeb blogger, and specialist in teacher professional development.

    “In STEM by Design, author, Anne Jolly, provides innovative pathways for students to become creative thinkers and collaborators, ultimately leading to academic and personal success.  As an educator, you will discover new project-based learning tools that will engage ALL students. Highly recommended!”

    Michelle Hurdle, President, Flight Works Alabama


    “Anne Jolly does it again! STEM by Design confirms that Anne is still the master of the “how-to” book, leveraging her considerable skill and expertise to help teachers design exciting, engaging STEM lessons. I will be sharing this important new resource with my university colleagues.”  

    Dr, Steve Bingham, Professor(ret.), Stout School of Education, High Point University


    "As a science teacher with 17 years of teaching experience, I find this book to be easy to read and user-friendly when leading STEM projects with students. I highly recommend this book to anyone who values a strong, easy-to-understand approach to engineering design with children and adolescents alike."

    Ryan Nunley, 6th Grade Science Teacher


    “STEM by Design features graceful prose and practical advice. It provides the knowledge, encouragement, and tools for teachers’ success and growth, regardless of their prior STEM experience. Especially valuable is the chapter on integrating life skills and STEM learning, demonstrating their natural fit.”

    Carolyn DeCristofano, Author, STEM Education Consultant, Mindful Awareness Instructor.