Inspiration for every day of Earth Science Week

Posted by Melissa Karsten on October 12, 2018

Earth Science Week 2018 is almost here (Oct. 14-20), so get your art supplies out and express yourself, which is the emphasis of this year’s theme – Earth as Inspiration (Earth Science Week). The week is a sum of its days, and the Earth Science Week organization has a focus for each of those days.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Activities, Careers, Resources, STEM, Science, Collaborations, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN 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

3-2-1 . . . Launch! Sending robots to the moon with ROVER RUCKUS

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 10, 2018

Saturday was a big day in the world of robotics competitions. FIRST® released the 2018-19 season game details about the earlier announced ROVER RUCKUSSM. It’s already a big hit with FTCers! Because who wouldn’t want to go to the Moon?

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Topics: TETRIX Robotics, Future Ready, Engineering, Technology, FIRST Tech Challenge, Collaborations, ROBOTICS

STEAM makes 'Oohs and Aahs' possible: using firework displays to learn STEAM

Posted by Melissa Karsten on July 02, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it takes to light up the sky on the Fourth of July? What makes a display spectacular? There are logistics, technology, and safety, plus the perfect playlist and, last but not least, the fireworks themselves. Sounds like a pretty good mash-up of STEAM in the real world. But it’s no wonder that most of us leave the BIG displays to the professionals.

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Topics: Engineering, Resources, Technology, Science, Collaborations, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, STEAM

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