National Bird Feeder Month: Hands-on learning and fun flock together

Posted by Deidre Galloway on February 15, 2020

During a recent visit to a school in McQueeny, Texas, I noticed bird feeders in the courtyard and attached to classroom windows. This prompted me to reflect back to childhood, on the time I spent watching birds from my parents’ deck and my grandparents’ backyard. I could spend hours watching the birds flitting and fleeting between the feeders and their perches in the trees; watching them brought me such joy.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Careers, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Inventor’s Day: Ways to appreciate, learn, and invent

Posted by Jessica Born on February 11, 2020

Inventors are the coolest. Sometimes they are elevated to celebrity status and other times they’re hidden figures in history. Either way, for many, their impact is enduring.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Resources, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, WorkKeys, STEAM, innovate, Workforce Development, Women in STEM

New products, new opportunities!

Posted by Anna Gudde on September 27, 2019

We love this time of year! The routines of a new school year are rolling right along, and enthusiasm is still on high. We also love releasing the latest editions of two of our annual catalogs. We’re stoked about the coding and robotics solutions and STEAM products in the 2019-20 Elementary STEM catalog! Let’s dive into some of the highlights.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Makerspaces, STEM, Careers, Coding, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Art, Women in STEM, 3-D Printing

Hot days ideal for solar learning opportunities

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 08, 2019

We’re still in the Dog Days of Summer (at least through August 11) and kids are soaking up the last bit of no-school freedoms in the heat and extra daylight. At some point in the summer, you might have uttered, “It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.” But is that actually a thing? And, did you know there’s a National Sidewalk Egg Frying Day? Really, there is. It’s on the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, which also celebrates STEM in its own right.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics

IF art and music, THEN creative thinkers AND more positive outcomes – PLUS 5 ways to integrate the arts

Posted by Ruthie Muller on July 01, 2019

Growing up, my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Rosson, gave me an assignment to design a hallway bulletin board, and part of that was to lead the class in an activity. That’s the day I decided to become a teacher because designing bulletin boards seemed to me to be the best job ever. Little did I know then that minimal time is spent designing bulletin boards as a teacher.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, Resources, Authentic Learning, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art