How do bicycles work? The science behind this ‘simple’ machine.

Posted by Katlie Brynds on June 07, 2019

Bicycles are used by millions of people worldwide, for various reasons. People bicycle to work out, commute, deliver packages, compete in races, or just ride for fun. Riding a bicycle might seem easy to some, but it’s actually very complex. Both the rider and the bike play an integral role in the process, which is really more of a science than an art. So, how exactly does this two-wheeled object get us from Point A to Point B?

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Resources, Engineering, Physics

Robotics: Steering toward autonomy

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 31, 2019

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
– John F. Kennedy

Close your eyes and imagine a world without a steering wheel. Would you consider that world chaotic, or would you consider it absolute paradise? Maybe a world without a steering wheel is something you believe you’d see only in a science fiction novel. Whatever you feel, a world without a steering wheel could be closer than you think.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Science, Technology, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, innovate

Student engagement: Developing agency, showing relevancy, and getting hands on

Posted by Jessica Born on May 29, 2019

At the end of the school day, before a holiday, as the school year wraps, during a subject they don’t enjoy, or sometimes for no specific reason at all, students can find it challenging to stay engaged. But it’s not just your classroom – you’re not alone, Teach. There are endless statistics about student engagement and disengagement. Gallup’s survey efforts of Grades 5-12 showed that almost half of students who responded to the survey are engaged with school (47%), approximately one-fourth aren’t engaged (29%), and the remainder are actively disengaged (24%). Numerous reports also state engagement only decreases as students progress through school.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Culture, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning

Learning takes off with paper airplanes: Celebrating aviation, aerodynamics, and fun!

Posted by Patty Cooke on May 24, 2019

May is a month that we look and take to the the sky a lot – many space and aviation holidays are on the calendar, including National Paper Airplane Day on May 26. Not to mention, the end of this month brings the unofficial start of summer with vacation season taking off at airports across the lands. It seems only appropriate that we celebrate with some "plane" hands-on, minds-on fun.

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Encouraging self-esteem, growth mindset is important for today’s students and future workforce

Posted by Tommy Ly on May 21, 2019

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month and an opportunity to raise awareness and take stock of the emotional health of our teens. Most everyone is a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher, or a friend of a teen. Or maybe you’re like me, with little ones that will someday be teens. We all have a stake in the emotional health of teens, so here are the skills that teens will need to stay strong. 

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Workforce Development