Blog Posts

Back to school: A BIG year brings BIG appreciation

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 26, 2020

As we all gear back up for school in these uncharted waters, we have been amazed by the lengths you, the teachers, have all gone to support your students and their learning. And, it’s no secret you will all continue to do that in the next school year.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Culture, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Launch your learning to the Moon: The universe of STEM

Posted by Molly Underwood on July 24, 2020

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first humans to the Moon. And, six hours after landing on the Moon, the American astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the lunar surface. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Activities

Translating Morse code into learning

Posted by Admin on July 23, 2020

When I was young, there was one day that my dad kept making these weird noises. “Daw, dee dee, daw, daw, daw.” I was very, very confused by these seemingly random sounds he was making, but then he said it was actually a sort of secret language. Talk about catching a kid’s interest! He was explaining Morse code to me and showed me the alphabet as it’s written — dots and dashes.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Culture, Technology, Trends, Resources, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

From root to STEM: Composting 101

Posted by Deidre Galloway on May 29, 2020

As spring heads into summer, I’m excited about all the produce that will come out of my garden or from our local farmers’ market. The season also has me thinking about all the nutrients necessary for healthy plants and soil as well as even thinking ahead to what to do with waste at the end of the season. Maybe you’ve read our “Gardening – An outdoor STEM activity for all ages” blog and are wondering the same things. For me, the two-part solution has always been composting. 

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

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