Interest in school garden programs is growing

Posted by Melissa Karsten on June 05, 2018

Gardening. When you hear that word, do you immediately think of a flower, an herb, or a vegetable garden? Or maybe you’re familiar with a sensory or hydroponic garden? There’s a relatively long list of types of gardens, which can be a great lesson, but this week is National Gardening Week and June is Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month, so lets focus on the traditional vegetable garden.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Science, STEM, Social and emotional learning, Activities, 21st Century Skills

Top 10 spring and summer activities

Posted by Patty Cooke on April 05, 2018

As we dive deeper into spring – and look forward to summer – we prepare for the upcoming changes.

The warmer months ahead can mean many things, both good and, well, not as good. Better weather usually means more outdoor activities such as summer camps, but the extended time out of school can mean bored kids and a learning slide teachers fight against the rest of the year.

But spring fever doesn’t have to equal a lack of learning, and summertime doesn’t have to mean boredom. If you want to keep the learning going and keep students engaged, there are several things you can do.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Camps, Makerspaces, STEM, Dragsters, Coding, STEM Units

The eggs-cellent science of dyeing Easter eggs

Posted by Jessica Born on March 29, 2018

Dyeing and decorating eggs is a must in many households around the Easter holiday. Generally, families use the ready-made dye tablets you can snag in a box on any endcap in the supermarket. It’s a simple process: pour in water and vinegar, drop in the dye tablet, plop in the egg, stir around, tap off the excess, and dry. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Science, Activities

Sweet science of Valentine’s Day

Posted by Jessica Born on February 02, 2018

February 14 is right around the corner. That means cards, Cupid, and CANDY! A box of chocolates and conversation hearts are ubiquitous with the holiday, which begs the questions: How’d these candies get their start, and what role does science play in their creation? While researching the answers, we found a few STEM activity compilations that really captured our hearts. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Science, STEM

The top 5 resolutions you need for 2018

Posted by Jessica Born on January 04, 2018

The ball dropped. The calendar turned. You’re headed back to the classroom after a much-needed extended break. Which means it’s also the time of year when most of us vow to do more, eat less, and, overall, be better humans.

Maybe you’ve already established your focus for this new year, new you. But if you haven’t, or you’re still considering, allow us to provide a few suggestions. We dig stretch goals and lofty promises, but perhaps focus on one or two and knock ’em out of the park. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Teacher Development