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

CO2 dragster competition puts employability skills at the finish line

Posted by Jessica Born on October 05, 2018

Think back to middle and high school. Were you a part of a club or two? Or maybe you were involved in basically everything that was offered? Have you ever reflected back to the time you spent in those organizations and the impact that experience had on your education and future? Maybe it was insignificant or incidental. But, maybe, the experience was pivotal to the person you became or to a career interest decision you made.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, Maker Ed, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Dragsters, TSA, STEM, Collaborations, Competitions, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, High School

STEM camps that ‘rocketed’ 2018

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 20, 2018

Recently, I wrote about a pretty awesome summer camp in St. Louis, Missouri, that used TETRIX® PRIMEBut it wasn’t just the robots having all the fun this summer. There were camps and workshops across the STEMosphere utilizing our hands-on, minds-on STEM products.

We have three educators who are totally excited to share their experiences and successes over the summer.

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Topics: Camps, Hands-on Learning, Activities, Professional Development, STEM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The science of dogs: It’s more than puppy love

Posted by Jessica Born on August 24, 2018

Are you a dog person? Or are you a cat person? If you’re all about the wagging tail, wet nose, slobbers, paw prints, and excited barks, this is your post.

Forty-eight percent of all US households have a dog (APPA). Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend. But what makes them so lovable? As always, we’re digging into the science behind this subject as well as some interesting facts and stats about these fur balls.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Trends, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science