Scavenger hunts – Taking hands-on, minds-on learning on the move

Posted by Jessica Born on May 22, 2020

I am a huge fan of lists. I even have lists for my lists. And checking things off is my favorite thing.

I also love mysteries.

So, it’s pretty fitting that I am also a big fan of scavenger hunts. What’s better than a quest for treasure or solving a riddle in order to get to the next step, all while checking off the boxes in the process? It’s problem-solving, creativity, active thinking, and fun all in one!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Maker Ed, STEAM

Your camp handbook: How to have the best summer ever

Posted by Molly Underwood on May 20, 2020

The “school” year is coming to a close and summer is coming in hot (literally and figuratively). Normally, kids everywhere would be preparing for their summer camps, but this year is a little different – everyone got thrown a curveball. Thankfully, the world doesn’t just quit when we get the unexpected. We overcome. We innovate. We make the best out of it. And, above all else, we come together.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Camps, Technology, STEM, Resources, Teacher Development, Coding, Activities, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Baking a classic: History, STEM, and chocolate chips

Posted by Jessica Born on May 15, 2020

There are few things as nostalgic and comforting as a classic chocolate chip cookie. That much most people agree on . . . but everything else about this favorite well, that’s up for debate.

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

Staycation: Tourist in your own home

Posted by Paige Bowman on May 11, 2020

Things are locked down, and it’s tough. I’m antsy at home, and I want to get away, see things, and stop postponing trips. My partner and I even bought a new-to-us camper recently, hoping we’d be able to utilize it for Memorial Day, only to find out that the campgrounds near us that are open (and encouraging social distancing) are already booked for every weekend this month! What do I do? How do I scratch my itch?

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning

Wanted: Creativity and innovation

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 08, 2020

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
– Albert Einstein

This quote is attributed to famous scientist Albert Einstein is one of my favorite quotes ever. I believe it’s one of my favorites because it’s so true and rings so loud during our current situation. I think we would all agree with that.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Workforce Development, Inquiry-based Learning