National Techies Day: Definitely a reason to celebrate

Posted by Preston Frazier on October 03, 2019

“Technology makes the world a new place.”
 – Shoshana Zuboff

Yes . . . we’re celebrating another holiday. This one might be a little obscure, but it’s worth recognizing. October 3 is National Techies Day. Per Merriam-Webster, a “techie is a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology.” One would naturally assume that National Techies Day is all about those who love smartphones, smart watches, smart homes, and anything else deemed smart. And that’s true to some degree, but there’s also another aspect of it that is even cooler than the latest tech – promoting technology-based careers to today’s learners and future workforce. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Technology, Careers, Coding, Professional Development, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills

Caffeinate and be awesome! Celebrating National Coffee Day

Posted by Molly Underwood on September 29, 2019

Cup of joe. Java. Wakey juice. Life’s necessities. Whatever you might call this drink, September 29 is National Coffee Day. While every day is coffee day (at least for me), this holiday was created to celebrate the hot or iced beverage that brings joy to many around the world. To get your caffeine fix, try supporting one of your local coffee shops that might also be celebrating National Coffee Day by having discounted or free drinks. Check out some deals here!

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, Science, Resources

New products, new opportunities!

Posted by Anna Gudde on September 27, 2019

We love this time of year! The routines of a new school year are rolling right along, and enthusiasm is still on high. We also love releasing the latest editions of two of our annual catalogs. We’re stoked about the coding and robotics solutions and STEAM products in the 2019-20 Elementary STEM catalog! Let’s dive into some of the highlights.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Makerspaces, STEM, Careers, Coding, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Art, Women in STEM, 3-D Printing

Enrichment = Engagement

Posted by Chelsea Archie on August 19, 2019

Enrichment is the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of something.

Middle school can be a challenging time for many students. There are several factors that can influence the path students travel down. It only takes one teacher, one lesson, or one field trip to completely change the future of a student. Sometimes, students can slip through the cracks, but the leaders in our middle school realized something needed to be done to grab their attention.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Future Ready, Grants, Hands-on Learning

Hot days ideal for solar learning opportunities

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 08, 2019

We’re still in the Dog Days of Summer (at least through August 11) and kids are soaking up the last bit of no-school freedoms in the heat and extra daylight. At some point in the summer, you might have uttered, “It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.” But is that actually a thing? And, did you know there’s a National Sidewalk Egg Frying Day? Really, there is. It’s on the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, which also celebrates STEM in its own right.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics