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

The Social Network: Let us give you a hand with that!

Posted by Jessica Born on November 17, 2017

With all the demands you face as a teacher, every second counts. Efficiency and effectiveness are necessary. Plus, it’s a digital world, so you must stay current. Let us help – here are some popular digital resources to check out. We are all about getting hands on, minds on, and making your classroom life and teacher life better!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Collaborations

Tackle STEM in Your Homeschool with Yes Attitude

Posted by PJ Graham on September 22, 2017

STEM isn’t just a buzzword in schools – it s a crucial part of many homeschools too. As of 2014, it was estimated that almost two million young people were homeschooled in the US – or about 3.4 percent! That’s a lot of homeschools taking on STEM, but it sometimes has its challenges.
 
Over at Blog, She Wrote by Heather Woodie, STEM is a mainstay with posts such as “ 100 STEM Activities for Kids & Teens of all Kinds.” While Heather has the advantage of having been a biology teacher and having an engineer husband, she believes you don’t need this background to teach STEM in a homeschool. But she does have some advice for those homeschoolers.
 

Be a Science “Yes” Mom (or Dad)

Keeping a “yes, we can” attitude ­– no matter your STEM background – is key to getting hands on with STEM.
 
“I’ve written about being a science ’yes mom. If kids come to you with a question or they want to try something, instead of putting it off and making sure you have all your ducks in a row, just say yes and you figure it out as you go,” Heather said. “I think that’s one of the biggest stumbling blocks I see for parents, because they feel like they have to have all the right worksheets and all the right equipment, and it all has to be organized and ready to go or they can’t possibly do it well. Just say yes. You don’t have to have all the worksheets.”
 
For part of her reasoning, she looks to her husband’s job as an engineer at Cornell University. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, STEM, Resources

4 ways to STEM this summer

Posted by Admin on June 27, 2017

Summer is upon us! Alice Cooper has been blared, lockers and desks have been cleared out, and summer break has begun, but that doesn’t mean that learning must stop. The summer is a great time to do numerous STEM activities outside, so slather on some sunscreen and start learning outside with two activities that don’t require any products and another two activities centered around Pitsco products.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Camps

Writing in the STEM lab

Posted by Debra Rouse on June 12, 2017

Two years ago, I accepted a somewhat daunting position as the STEM coordinator/teacher at both of our kindergarten-through-sixth-grade centers. Before that, I was a classroom teacher who taught science along with everything else. I often used writing in science class as a way to evaluate both the content and the structure of student writing.

As a classroom teacher, I used writing as a tool to assess what students already knew, to record data and conclusions, and to make connections. When I moved into the STEM lab, and the amount of time I spent with groups of students sharply declined, I was forced to rethink how I used writing in science. I began to investigate alternatives to engage students in writing in the STEM lab without having to drag it out of them. I found a few ideas that have really helped make writing at least palatable.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool