Mind mapping STEM concepts using the Post-it® Super Sticky Notes, Flags, and Tabs from the Post-it® Brand World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection allows students to visually see the connections between ideas or information.
In a mind map, each fact or idea is written down with lines connecting to other ideas or facts. This is an important tool when learning Although these subjects will prepare students the most for the job market, they are generally the subjects students struggle with the most.
According to a Back-to-School STEM Research Study recently conducted by the Post-it® Brand, 86% of parents think the best way for their students to learn STEM-subjects is through visual learning, like reading or seeing pictures, such as mind mapping!
The Benefits of Mind Mapping STEM Concepts
Color-coding your mind maps using the Post-it® Brand World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection Super Sticky Notes, Flags and Tabs will help organize your thinking.
When studying for a STEM test or reviewing STEM information, work individually or in groups to make a visual representation of the content. In other words, make a mind map. (Also called a thinking map, concept map, or graphic organizer.)
How to Make a Mind Map
1. Write the topic on a Post-it® Super Sticky Note and place it in the center of your Mind Map
2. Connect this main topic to sub-topics written on a different colored Post-it® Super Sticky Note with lines. Feel free to use a specific thinking map template or your own map system.
animal cells, plant cells
3. Be sure to use different colored Post-it® Super Sticky Notes to differentiate the information.
cells = dark yellow
animal cells = pink
plant cells = light yellow
4. Add pictures with the words on your Post-it® Super Sticky Notes for even more subject matter retention.
5. For each sub-topic, branch out to its own sub-information or characteristics using different colored Post-it® Super Sticky Notes.
In our case, students found that animal and plant cells have things in common which are color coded with orange Post-it® Super Sticky Notes and have lines to both sub-topics. The sub-topics each have branches of unique elements for which they are color coded as well.
Just look at this beautiful mind map of the biology topic cells! Amazing!
Now consider how much students excel in STEM learning when creating these kinds of visual mind maps. According to the Post-it® Brand STEM survey, 54% of parents think their students learn most easily by touching or participating in a hands on activity. I agree. Mind maps are an incredible hands-on tool and quite fun, especially if you use the colorful Post-it® Super Sticky Notes from the World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection.
Visit the Post-it® Brand website for additional information on the Post-it® Brand World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection and the Post-it® Brand STEM survey findings, as well as the Post-it® Brand Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest pages.
Thank you so much to Aspen Academy for allowing us to make our mind map in a classroom!