For: Community Partners, Out-of-School Time, Parents, Teachers

Resource Type(s): Curriculum, Equipment, Lesson Plans, Next Generation Science Standards

Grade Band: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Subject(s): Engineering, Math, Science, Technology

Classroom science and technology experiments can be expensive. Yet there are many ways to teach STEM for less than 30 cents per student through DollarStoreSTEM. As an engineer-turned-educator, Alicia Lane created an online resource with 20+ lesson plans that make it easy and affordable to teach fundamental concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math — using everyday objects. is a TED-Ed Innovation Project and featured on the TED-Ed blog.

Alicia Lane created Dollar Store STEM Gems: a resource for easy-to-plan and engaging STEM lessons that are…

  • Affordable (free or less than 30 cents per student!)
  • Accessible (kid-tested and executed in actual classrooms)
  • Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Science and Engineering Practices)
    accompanied with TED-Ed videos to help implementation
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