Raise your spoon to the breakfast of champions

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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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, News, Science, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

The science of pour painting

Posted by Crista Cunningham on March 11, 2020

I have been fascinated with art my entire life. My mother was an artist, my father would doodle occasionally to impress my mother, and I loved to draw and paint as a child. My daughter acquired the artist gene as well and has become quite the skilled illustrator. I also have several artistically talented coworkers that continue to inspire me on a daily basis.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Math, Art, Women in STEM

Seven ways educators can encourage girls in STEM

Posted by Lisa Lewis on March 08, 2020

As an elementary teacher and adjunct professor for Educational Goals and Practices, I straddle two worlds. My elementary classroom is usually a mixture of girls and boys from diverse backgrounds, while my college-age students are mostly young ladies ready to change the world through the teaching profession. While the environments within which I teach and my audiences have their contrasts, they share two key similarities: the students’ eagerness to learn and the need for STEM.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, STEM Units, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Workforce Development, Women in STEM

Digital detox: Unplug for the day (and what to do with your device-free time)

Posted by Jessica Born on March 06, 2020

Do you know how much screen time you logged on your phone in the last day? How about the last week? (And yes, there’s an app for that if you’re interested.) If you’re an iPhone user, you likely get a weekly notification to alert you of your usage. If you are like me, sometimes that number makes you cringe. How much of that time was purposeful? How much was mindless scrolling? How can I do better?

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Technology, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning

The science behind leap year, plus activities to get your classroom hopping

Posted by Molly Underwood on February 28, 2020

What if I told you that you have an extra day and can do whatever you want with it? Yes – a full day to yourself or to caught up or just to get that one thing done that you keep putting off. Well, you’re in luck! This year, 2020, we get one full day added to the calendar – February 29, specifically. And, even better, it’s on a Saturday! Every four years we get one year, called a leap year, that has 366 days on the calendar. Let’s seize the moment on this special day!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, STEM Units, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Math