Makers, we’re celebrating you

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 15, 2018

Sometimes it feels like there’s a holiday for everything. Sometimes they’re silly and sometimes they’re spot on. This week’s theme is one we can really get behind. It’s the National Week of Making! Lets celebrate the doers of our society – the everyday people and educators all over the world who embrace and challenge their ingenuity, creativity, and innovativeness. June 11 to 17 are the official dates during which many are celebrating the diversity of makers and the ever-growing maker movement. According to Adweek, the maker movement “is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers.” But we’ll be honest; we dont think a single week is enough. Making happens on the daily, and that’s something to celebrate!

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Makerspaces, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning

To Do: Summer 2018

Posted by Katlie Brynds on June 11, 2018

Ah, summer break. Were you counting down? Are you feeling a twinge of sadness as your students move on? We’re sure youll miss your students, but summer break is necessary to refuel, relax, and regroup. (You won’t even have to wait for a bell to ring to dismiss you to the restroom!) However, do you really get as much free time as youd like? Or are your summer plans filling rather quickly? We recently published a poll on our social media pages to find out what you all are planning to do over summer break. An overwhelming majority of educators said theyd be taking part in at least one professional development activity, but an equal number said theyd be vacationing. It’s all about balance!

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Resources, Teacher Development, Professional Development

Testing the waters with ocean education

Posted by Alan Kirby on June 08, 2018

Friday is World Oceans Day! It’s a day worth celebrating. Here’s why:

Oceans make up an astounding two-thirds of our planet. The blue water generates the oxygen we breathe, feeds us, regulates our climate, and so much more (World Oceans Day).

As such, everyone plays a role in the enjoyment, exploration, and protection of this environment. While zoos and aquariums are leading the charge to positively impact ocean health, destination coastal resorts are also beginning to use tourism as activism by empowering visitors to learn about the challenges faced by the beautiful environments that surround them. Even in our everyday lives, we can do more to be conscious of our habits and daily actions and really make a difference.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, Careers, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready

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

Moving fore-ward with robotics

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 22, 2018

May is upon us, which here in Pittsburg, Kansas, means some stormy weather, the start of summer break, family vacations, and outdoor activities. Speaking of which, one popular summer activity can be found on the fairway, the tee box, and the green.   

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, STEM, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills