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Tech 4 Innovation

STEM Lessons and Contest

Use these lessons, activities, reading passages, and digital tools on AI, cybersecurity, privacy, and more to help students hone their STEM skills.

Classroom Resources

Digital Tools

How Artificial Intelligence Works

Videos and digital interactive to introduce students to artificial intelligence.


Cryptology and Fraud Protection

Lesson Plan Dig into the science behind cryptology and fraud detection.


Activity Sheets Students decode encrypted messages and analyze data.


Mini Classroom Poster Reveal the qualities needed for success in STEM careers.


Meet a Real-Life Security Expert!

11-year-old student journalist Aponi chats with cybersecurity pro Anne Marie about a typical day in her job, kids and coding, and more!

Artificial Intelligence

Mini Classroom Poster Learn about innovative tech tools that help people.


Lesson Plan Identify and explore real-life examples of AI.


Activity Sheet Use this graphic organizer to brainstorm new AI ideas.


Online Safety

Mini Classroom Poster Students learn five key ways to keep safe online.


Lesson Plan Identify and find solutions to security + privacy risks


Activity Sheet Discover ways to make safer choices online.

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Tech4Innovation Contest Winners

We asked students to write and illustrate a tech innovation that solves a problem in their community. We were so inspired by all the amazing entries we received. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Grades 3–5 Winner

Mia S., San Jose, CA, Grade 5

Mia’s invention is a portable, self-powered dwelling with many features to help the homeless population meet their basic needs.

Grades 6–7 Winner

Nandu Rakesh N., Chesterfield, MO, Grade 6

Nandu’s innovation is a multi-faceted system for protecting electricity towers from weather outages in villages with scarce electricity, which is crucial for internet access, knowledge building, and further innovation.

Special Girl Innovator Winner

Mya B., McBain, MI, Grade 5

Mya’s invention, The Recyclanator, is a multi-featured robot that sorts recyclable waste.

Chance to Win Free Books!

Let us know what you thought of the Tech4Innovation program for a chance to win books for your classroom.


For additional terms and conditions, please visit scholastic.com/snpsurveyrules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Fully completed surveys must be completed by 2/7/22 in order to be eligible to win. Five (5) winners will be selected at random from all eligible surveys submitted and will each receive $50 worth of American Express gift cards. Promotion is open only to survey recipients age 18 or older who teach grades 3–7, who are residents of the United States (one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia) and who have received and reviewed the Tech4Innovation materials.