Partners in your success: The latest in robotics and coding for your classroom

Posted by Pam Scifers on January 16, 2019

We’ve spent nearly 48 years curating, manufacturing, and supplying products and solutions that empower and support your efforts to bring hands-on, minds-on education to your students and classroom. We’re always thinking, making, and looking out for things that can make your experiences more effective and fun. This is why we are so excited to introduce you to products and kits from five of our partners.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, TETRIX Robotics, Coding, Technology, Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, High School, Elementary School, Middle School

Hands-on learning at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum proves STEM has no limits

Posted by Cody White on January 14, 2019

STEM is well known as an outside-the-box approach to classroom learning. But increasingly it’s becoming an outside-the-classroom phenomenon as well. The old adage that it takes a village has never been more true, and businesses, universities, libraries, and other organizations have been standing up to provide high-quality STEM education alongside schools.

Museums are another type of organization keenly suited to bringing educational value to a community in this way. A quick virtual tour of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, shows exactly why this is so.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, Future Ready, STEM, Culture, Science, Makerspace, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Winning the snowball fight: The science of snow

Posted by Patty Cooke on January 03, 2019

When I was a kid, winter always seemed to bring at least one big snowfall every year. It’s possible these snowfalls seemed larger in comparison to the ones I see now simply because I was about two feet shorter back then, but whatever the reason, I remember engaging in numerous snowball fights over the years. As the fourth in a family of 12, and growing up in a neighborhood filled with children, I never lacked for fellow snowball fight competitors. So, I watched and learned a few tricks about packing snow to create the best snowballs and snow forts. What I didn’t know was that all this involved physics.

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Topics: Physics, Hands-on Learning, Activities, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The Wright Way: Letting authentic passion and lifelong learning take flight

Posted by Matt McCaulley on December 17, 2018

The Wright brothers took to the sky for their “first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard” today, on December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, NC (Smithsonian). This isn’t quite a national holiday or observed by the masses really, but it’s a day worth celebrating!

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Careers, Engineering, STEM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM

Education and business and industry: Partners in careers

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 15, 2018

When it comes to education and business, we often think of them as two separate entities. While education, especially higher education, presumably leads to a career, there isn’t always a clear connection between what we learn in school and the skills we end up using on the job.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Career Expeditions, Careers, Trends, STEM, Culture, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, FUNDING, IN THE CLASSROOM