STEM weather lessons for home or the classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on March 23, 2020

There are so many aspects of weather, which makes it a great STEM topic with lessons for every age. And who doesn’t benefit from understanding weather better? It’s around us every day!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, STEM Units, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

Spring cleaning made easier! Thank you, technology!

Posted by Paige Bowman on March 19, 2020

Spring is almost here! With it comes rain, warmer weather, and that itch to soak up the sun that seems to have hidden from us for so long. If you’re anything like me, the to-do list of spring cleaning has gotten long and, with the glimpses of sunshine, I just don’t want to do any of it. Thank goodness technology can make getting through that chore list a little easier and much quicker! So, here’s a look at some of the technology behind products we use in our daily lives and ways to help bring that tech into your students’ lives!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, innovate, Inquiry-based Learning

Raise your spoon to the breakfast of champions

Posted by Molly Underwood on March 14, 2020

Bowl? Check. Cereal? Check. Spoon? Check. Milk? Check. All the necessities for the most important meal of the day. National Cereal Day was March 7, and while we might be getting this to you a little late, we were just too busy separating Lucky Charms marshmallows from the frosted oats (not that we needed an excuse to enjoy the delicious, crunchy meal). Consider it an extended celebration 😉. Get on the grain train with us as we dive spoonfirst into some cereal-ously good breakfast history and the process it takes to make that perfect bowl.

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

The science of pour painting

Posted by Crista Cunningham on March 11, 2020

I have been fascinated with art my entire life. My mother was an artist, my father would doodle occasionally to impress my mother, and I loved to draw and paint as a child. My daughter acquired the artist gene as well and has become quite the skilled illustrator. I also have several artistically talented coworkers that continue to inspire me on a daily basis.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Math, Art, Women in STEM

Digital detox: Unplug for the day (and what to do with your device-free time)

Posted by Jessica Born on March 06, 2020

Do you know how much screen time you logged on your phone in the last day? How about the last week? (And yes, there’s an app for that if you’re interested.) If you’re an iPhone user, you likely get a weekly notification to alert you of your usage. If you are like me, sometimes that number makes you cringe. How much of that time was purposeful? How much was mindless scrolling? How can I do better?

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Technology, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning