Blog Posts

What else is new in early learning? Engaging activities for preK-2

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 24, 2022

Hi all! If you recall, I recently wrote a blog about our early-learning activity bundles recommended for Grades PreK-2. You know, those fun and engaging activities that really encourage playful learning and organic exploration?

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, Engineering, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

TETRIX® VR simulation software: A game changer?

Posted by Patty Cooke on March 17, 2022

I have a confession to make: I’m not a hands-on learner. I realize that might be a scandalous statement, seeing as how I work for a hands-on education company.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning

Making spirits bright with the science of Christmas lights

Posted by Molly Underwood on December 20, 2021

My favorite part in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is when Clark Griswold’s 250 strands of lights on his house finally turn on. If you haven’t seen Christmas Vacation, Clark decorates his entire house – and I mean the ENTIRE house – with Christmas lights. He brings out his whole family to see the lights all turn on at once. But, as he brings the two power cords together to turn it on, nothing happens. Later, after his wife flips the correct switch, all the lights flicker on, lighting up basically the whole city. A Christmas miracle!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Art

Let’s travel to the future – yours

Posted by Cody White on December 08, 2021

December 8 is Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day, the day we use our imaginations to travel to the past or future. You’ll find yourself in the future eventually, but it’s natural to want a sneak peek. Will we have flying cars at last? Will the world still revolve around silly dances on TikTok?

Not even our imaginations can answer for sure.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Careers, Coding, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, Math, Workforce Development, Women in STEM

Philadelphia’s Urban Youth Racing School helps students Build A Dream

Posted by Cody White on November 11, 2021

Since its founding in 1998, the Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) in Philadelphia has earned a fair amount of publicity for the spectacular opportunities it offers to inner-city students. Sneak a peek during the school’s Build A Dream summer program, and you are likely to see students learning about engines, designing cars, and racing go-karts as part of a simulated racing team.

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Topics: Middle School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, Science, STEM, Dragsters, Engineering, Careers, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art