Blog Posts

Teaming up with STEM: How sports and learning connect

Posted by Molly Underwood on April 16, 2021

Movies and TV shows portray the stereotype of jocks and nerds as people who are completely different and share nothing in common. But this cliché is far from the truth! Brainpower and physical power go hand in hand – the subjects we learn in the classroom connect with the sports we watch and compete in.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Science, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, Math

Puzzle time! The brain benefits of solving

Posted by Molly Underwood on January 28, 2021

Sometimes, we need to all step away from our screens and devices to unplug and work out . . . OK, don’t leave just yet! I mean a mental workout! Various types of puzzles and brain teasers are great ways to exercise your noodle or fun ways to pass the time. I for one am a huge fan of puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, riddles – you name it, I love them. And, with the cold weather, the darker days, and the pandemic, I have been cranking them out! Luckily, there are lots of benefits to puzzling and, plus, the aha moment never gets old.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

Growing minds: National Farmer’s Day

Posted by Molly Underwood on October 12, 2020

Tacos 🌮
Gasoline ⛽️
Sweaters 🧥
Pharmaceuticals 💊

All of these come from our farmers.

From fiber to fuel to food, nearly everything we eat, wear, and use started as a plant or an animal that was raised on a farm. Yes, even our favorite fast-food meals!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Careers, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math

Your summer just got better: Come code with us!

Posted by Molly Underwood on July 17, 2020

Coding is more than just numbers or words on a screen, it’s what helps students learn how to problem-solve, think differently, and get creative. It’s not just learning how to follow a set of instructions but rather learning that failure is an opportunity to succeed. Computer programming is the future. And, as many things in our everyday lives become dependent on digital technology, the demand for coding skills increases.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Giveaways, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math, innovate

Your guide to creating a STEM @ Home educational experience

Posted by Molly Underwood on April 23, 2020

We believe hands-on, minds-on learning can happen anywhere and everywhere. And, as homes turn into classrooms, parents into teachers, and laptops and tablets into textbooks, STEMspiration is in high demand.

The good news is that STEM is our jam. We remain committed to leading education that positively affects learners and developing solutions for you. That’s why we worked together to create STEM @ Home a way to provide resources, giveaways, and ideas to support those who need it.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, News, Collaborations, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Math, innovate, Art