Code your own story: Interactive storytelling through coding

Posted by Jessica Born on June 11, 2020

Beginning, middle, end. Those are familiar elements of a good story.

They provide the structure to help a reader follow along and convey the intended message.

Coding has similar elements that provide structure too. You might have heard of terms such as head, body, tag, and so on. These enable the code to be executed properly and even help the programmer explain the code if needed.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Gardening – An outdoor STEM activity for all ages

Posted by Melissa Karsten on April 14, 2020

April is National Gardening Month, likely because spring has sprung and we’re itching to get outside. There’s no denying it’s an awesome time to start your gardening season. Personally, I love celebrating this season. My husband and I garden (a LOT) for our farmers’ market stands and for ourselves. Because of the volume, it’s never a small undertaking, but it’s always so worth it! I love that gardening is something everyone can do – at any age and any scale.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning

STEM weather lessons for home or the classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on March 23, 2020

There are so many aspects of weather, which makes it a great STEM topic with lessons for every age. And who doesn’t benefit from understanding weather better? It’s around us every day!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, STEM Units, Activities, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Art

Spring cleaning made easier! Thank you, technology!

Posted by Paige Bowman on March 19, 2020

Spring is almost here! With it comes rain, warmer weather, and that itch to soak up the sun that seems to have hidden from us for so long. If you’re anything like me, the to-do list of spring cleaning has gotten long and, with the glimpses of sunshine, I just don’t want to do any of it. Thank goodness technology can make getting through that chore list a little easier and much quicker! So, here’s a look at some of the technology behind products we use in our daily lives and ways to help bring that tech into your students’ lives!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, innovate, Inquiry-based Learning

Raise your spoon to the breakfast champ

Posted by Molly Underwood on March 14, 2020

Bowl? Check. Cereal? Check. Spoon? Check. Milk? Check. All the necessities for the most important meal of the day. National Cereal Day was March 7, and while we might be getting this to you a little late, we were just too busy separating Lucky Charms marshmallows from the frosted oats (not that we needed an excuse to enjoy the delicious, crunchy meal). Consider it an extended celebration 😉. Get on the grain train with us as we dive spoonfirst into some cereal-ously good breakfast history and the process it takes to make that perfect bowl.

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