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65 Great STEM Writing Prompts for Students (Updated)

Now featuring two lists of STEM Writing Prompts Ideas for Students— Learn more about the benefits of STEM writing prompts and get inspired with our science writing prompts and more. Oh yeah!

STEM Writing Prompts


It’s a fact that STEM has been trending in education for years, and teachers are trying to incorporate more STEM-related activities into their lesson plans across all age groups and grade levels.

Now, read on to discover how our STEM/Science Writing prompts can help you and your students learn to love Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math even more than they already do.

For the Love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)…

Standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM activities may not initially include writing components. However, creativity plays a central role in any STEM activity, which means that STEM writing is the perfect complement to any lesson or experiment.

You see…

Through writing, students can explore their own STEM ideas as well as write about the lessons that they learned from the activities that they enjoyed in class or at home.

For teachers, STEM writing prompts can be a valuable tool that helps students form lasting connections between the activity that they enjoyed in class and their own personal lives.

A Brilliant Yet Uncommon Subject for Writing

While this isn’t a common writing prompt category, teachers should begin to take a second look at incorporating more writing into their STEM-related activities. Regardless of grade level or subject, teachers may find that these writing prompts are just what they have been looking for.

In addition, STEM writing prompts will help students improve their writing skills. By utilizing these prompts, students will begin to realize that writing plays an integral role in any subject or career field, and they will start to understand how important it is to be able to write efficiently and effectively.

Now, get to it and…

Take a look at these STEM writing prompts and see which ones would work best within your own classroom and in your student journals.

20 Excellent STEM Writing Prompts, Topics, Science Writing Prompts & Ideas for Students

The following questions and prompts may be used to inspire students minds. So have aspiring scientists grab a notebook, smartphone, or other writing device of choice and get to writing now.

  1. Coding plays an important role in daily life today. Imagine that you are a robot. Write code that will help you get from your bed to your classroom each day.
  2. If you could invent any item for your home, what would it be? How would it work?
  3. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Of these four subjects, which is your favorite? Why?
  4. Write about your favorite STEM-related activity that you have done in school this year. Why was this activity your favorite?
  5. You have been given the choice by your teacher to write code on an app or design a machine using pencil and paper. Which do you choose? Why?
  6. Write your own definition of science. Now, write an example of how you see science in action in your daily life.
  7. Who do you consider to be your STEM role model? It could be an inventor, an engineer, an architect, an artist, or anyone who has succeeded in the STEM industry. Why do you admire this individual?
  8. What is climate change? Have you seen evidence of climate change in your own community?
  9. Write about one lifestyle change you could make that could have a significant impact on the environment.
  10. What is digital citizenship? Write about three rules that you and your classmates should follow when you are interacting with others online.
    STEM-themed Journal Prompts for Kids
  11. Some adults like to claim that video games are a waste of time and energy, but many students feel that they learn valuable lessons and develop important skills while gaming. Do you feel video games are valuable? What have you learned while playing your favorite games?
  12. You have grown up with technology all around you. Write about what it has been like to grow up in the digital age. Would you change anything? If so, what would you want to be different?
  13. Math is a subject that will play a critical role in nearly any job that you pursue. What has your experience been studying mathematics so far? Do you like math? Why or why not?
  14. Many of our common household items can be reused and re-purposed. Imagine that you have an empty milk jug. What could you make with this item? How could you reuse it for a new purpose?
  15. Which type of STEM activity is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Be sure to explain your answers.
  16. What technological device do you use most often? What do you use it for? Do you feel that you have too much, just enough, or not enough access to technology in your home?
  17. In many ways, technology has helped us advance as a society. Do you feel there have been disadvantages to having so much technology at our disposal? Why or why not?
  18. Draw a sketch of a machine that you think would help your classroom. Now, explain in writing how your machine would be built and also how it would work.
  19. There are many types of engineers, including chemical engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, and mechanical engineers. Which type of engineering career would best suit you? Why?
  20. What type of technology do you wish that your classroom had? Why do you feel this would benefit you and your classmates?

I hope you enjoyed this list of STEM writing prompts. These Now check out this list of additional bonus ideas…

45 Bonus STEM Writing Prompts (Includes some Creative Prompts!)

Here are some more STEM writing prompts. I hope these prompts help students get started on their STEM writing assignment journey. Oh, and creative writing isn’t just for English class, which is why you’ll also find some STEM-themed creative writing ideas mixed into this list. Enjoy!

  • Planets and the Moon:
    • Write a short story about a journey to a new planet.
    • Write a poem about the moon (or about your favorite planet).
    • Research the different types of planets in our solar system and write a report on one of them.
    • Create a model of a planet and explain its features.
    • Draw a picture of the moon and label its features.
    • Research the different phases of the moon and explain how they happen.
  • Water cycle:
    • Write a short story about how water moves through the water cycle.
    • Create a diagram of the water cycle and explain how it works.
    • Conduct an experiment to show how water changes states.
  • Scientific research:
    • Write about a scientific discovery that you find interesting.
    • Research a scientific question and write a report on your findings.
    • Design an experiment to test a scientific hypothesis.
  • Physics:
    • Write about the physics of flight.
    • Research the different types of forces and explain how they work.
    • Design a new machine that uses physics principles.
  • Scientist:
    • Write about the life of a scientist.
    • Interview a scientist and write about their work.
    • Create a poster about a scientific discovery.
  • Biology:
    • Write about the different types of cells.
    • Research the different organ systems in the human body.
    • Design an experiment to test a biological hypothesis.
  • Chemistry:
    • Write about the different types of atoms and molecules.
    • Research the different chemical reactions.
    • Design a new chemical compound.
  • Lab:
    • Write about the different types of equipment used in a lab.
    • Create a procedure for a lab experiment.
    • Write a report on the results of a lab experiment.
  • Living things:
    • Write about the different types of living things.
    • Research the different ways that living things interact with each other.
    • Design a new way to protect living things from harm.
  • Water molecule:
    • Write about the structure of a water molecule.
    • Research the different properties of water.
    • Design a new way to use water.
  • Human body:
    • Write about the different systems in the human body.
    • Research the different diseases that affect the human body.
    • Design a new way to treat a disease.
  • Quick questions:
    • What is the difference between a planet and a star?
    • What are the phases of the moon?
    • How does the water cycle work?
  • Technology classes:
    • Write about how technology is used to study space.
    • Create a presentation on the different types of telescopes.
    • Design a new technology that could be used to explore space.
  • Students’ writing:
    • What are the challenges of writing about STEM topics?
    • How can students improve their STEM writing skills?
    • What are some additional effective writing prompts for STEM topics that you would like to explore?

From current events and news stories or from this list of ideas, in class, or as take-home homework, I hope these ideas help the students in your stem classroom, science classroom, or other class assignments. 

Closing Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this list of journal prompts and enjoy using them with your elementary, middle school students or even your high schools students this school year. You can use them in your earth science class or even in a language arts lesson.

From kindergarten students who are just learning about the concept of STEM to high school seniors who may be considering the next step in their careers, every student today has an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. These STEM writing prompts can help complement your curriculum and allow your students think more critically about STEM.

Your students are growing up in a world defined by technology, but it also can be improved through writing. Always encourage them to keep on writing!

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