Why Wacom and STEM are a perfect combo

November 15, 2022

Over on the WacomEdu Instagram page, we celebrated National STEM/STEAM day on November 8, 2022 by running a giveaway!

The Wacom Intuos is a perfect device for teaching or learning science, technology, engineering, or math (and, of course, for art as well). How perfect?

We asked the students and educators following us at @WacomEdu to share their favorite STE(A)M lesson for a chance to win a Wacom Intuos tablet. Here are a few of their responses!

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What the educators shared:

I got the lesson from an enrichment camp my district offered for our GT identified students. I then brought it back to my classroom the following year. We started with learning about planets, stars/constellations, black holes, and nebulas. We watched videos, [then] they created their own constellations 🌌 and designed their own planets 🪐 and how they were inhabitable. Finally, we created nebulae in a small plastic tube with water, paint, glitter, and shredded cotton balls.

– Darnee Wambsgans

I ran a LEGO robotics club after school with some of my fifth graders! We focused on coding and engineering, but I wanted to make a shift to bring art into the mix. I also taught science and we were covering vertebrates & invertebrates. A good way to blend all of this was to have them make a public service announcement about how pollution can harm living things. My students wrote out scenes, designed sets, and captured images to put together a stop motion PSA with LEGOs. They had a great time and learned a lot about how stop motion movies come together!

 – Vanessa Boone

I am currently in my master’s degree for Elementary Education with a concentration in STEM. During my classes, I create different engineering designs that directly align to our standards. I created a lesson where students had to help a restaurant [that] was having problems with their drinks melting fast on their patio restaurants. The goal was to use materials to create a “coozie” that could assist the restaurant.

– Aimee Lynne

Lynne shared the lesson with us, as well! Click here and here to see the PDFs.

My favorite STEM lesson from elementary biology was learning about The Seed Germination Experiment by adding paper towels to different jars. [We added] warm water for 24 hours then planted the bean, sunflower, and pea seeds around the edge of separate jars. This gave me the opportunity to see up close with a magnifying glass how a seed grows which usually happens underground over time! 🌱😁

– Faith Okoli

Any and all of these lessons could be made even more engaging by utilizing a set of Wacom tablets to brainstorm, collaborate, create, and report findings. The possibilities for STE(A)M education with Wacom are endless!

The best Wacom products for educators:

Wacom Cintiq Pro 16

Wireless Intuos pen tablet

Wacom Intuos is designed to make teaching hassle-free. With Bluetooth connectivity, you’re free to move about the classroom while still controlling your computer with the digital pen and tablet. ExpressKeys can be easily programmed on Mac or PC as your favorite keyboard shortcuts to save time when instructing.

Wacom Cintiq Pro 16

Wacom One pen display

Whether in the classroom or online, teachers can use the Wacom One pen display to present lessons, illustrate learnings, take notes, annotate, and answer questions. When it comes to students, the pen makes the switch to digital working easy and intuitive.

One-by-Wacom

One By Wacom pen tablet

Ideal for students, the One By Wacom takes learning to the next level. The realistic digital pen recreates the classroom experience from anywhere. It gives you the freedom to write, annotate, create, collaborate, study or teach in ways like never before.

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About the author

Abeni Jones is a former graphic designer, illustrator, and educator, and current writer, who bought her first Wacom tablet in 1999. She’s passionate about video games, design, and the great outdoors.

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