Growing minds: National Farmer’s Day

Posted by Molly Underwood on October 12, 2020

Tacos 🌮
Gasoline ⛽️
Sweaters 🧥
Pharmaceuticals 💊

All of these come from our farmers.

From fiber to fuel to food, nearly everything we eat, wear, and use started as a plant or an animal that was raised on a farm. Yes, even our favorite fast-food meals!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Careers, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

Making STEM connections using project-based learning

Posted by Aubrey Vance on October 08, 2020

Have you heard the buzz about project-based learning (PBL)? The educational community has been talking about it for a while, but what’s the big deal anyway? How is PBL different from other projects students complete in class? An easy and often-used way of understanding the difference between doing projects and PBL is to think of it in terms of food.

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Topics: Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, STEM Expeditions, Teacher Development, STEM Units, Professional Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Smarter robots: Get a sense of these new expansion opportunities

Posted by Aaron Locke on September 24, 2020

Everything is getting smarter these days – from smart devices to smart cars, from smart appliances to smart homes. Now, with the addition of these new sensors, your TETRIX® robots can become smarter as well. Sensors gather input about a robot’s environment and turn that input into data the robot can use.

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Topics: Competitions, ROBOTICS, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning

Changing the game: FIRST® Tech Challenge season ready

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 22, 2020

FIRST® recently announced the new game for the 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season, ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm, and it’s definitely a game changer in the robotics world!

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Topics: Middle School, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Culture, FIRST Tech Challenge, Resources, Coding, TETRIX Robotics

STEM in the outdoors: National Public Lands Day

Posted by Molly Underwood on September 12, 2020

Let’s be real here, we have some pretty neat nature in this world – some might call it “neature.”

What’s so cool about nature in the United States is that you get a different taste of it in every state. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Culture, Science, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate