STEMspired books that encourage

Posted by Preston Frazier on August 13, 2020

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
– Charles W. Eliot

I am a huge fan of books. Self-help books. Funny books. Sports biography books. History books. Cookbooks (hey, I like food 😊). You name it, and I’ll probably read it. You probably think I’m joking, but I’ve been known to pick up even a dictionary and read that too!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Activities, STEAM

A waxy painting project for your classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on August 10, 2020

Not too long ago, we shared “The science of pour painting” blog post, which introduced a fun way to paint and make STEM connections while exploring you and your students’ creative side. Some kids are naturally drawn to artistic outlets such as drawing, painting, or sculpting, but anyone can learn from attempting to communicate artistically. Learning creative processes and understanding materials can give new meaning to the way you see things in the world. So, let us share another great art process for you to try out.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Fizzyology: Researching the root beer float

Posted by Deidre Galloway on August 06, 2020

What’s more refreshing than a cold, foamy root beer float on a warm summer’s day?

Imagine escaping the squelching summer heat by heading into a cool fountain shop for a creamy, foamy, fizzy treat. Root beer floats made an appearance into American culture at the soda fountain counters of the early 1900s long before air-conditioning.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Trends, Resources, Hands-on Learning

Get bowled over at home or in the classroom

Posted by Paige Bowman on August 03, 2020

Summer means it’s a great time for indoor sports and activities to help keep cool, and, for me, that always includes bowling! Bowling is one of those awesome pastimes I like because I can take any of my friends, regardless of skill level, and we can all have a good time, hang out, and easily social distance.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, STEM, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics

You’ve got mail: How STEM keeps delivering

Posted by Jessica Born on July 30, 2020

Getting mail never gets old (well, unless it’s junk mail, but that’s an entirely different topic . . .). Receiving a card or a package from someone you love or a shop you like generally makes a person happy. And we have United States Postal Service (USPS) postal workers to thank for bringing that happiness to the box.

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