Blog Posts

Gardening made easy: Introducing CropBot

Posted by Aaron Locke on June 24, 2021

It was the spring of 2020, and my family was getting tired of being cooped up in the house together during the pandemic. Our three kids were in the midst of their remote learning adventures at home and I had set up a workstation out in the garage. As the temperatures warmed from the cold winter, I was looking forward to getting out of the house and doing some gardening.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Science, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, innovate

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

Fun times are a comin’ – Spring and summer STEM solutions

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 25, 2021

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”
– Gustav Mahler

Baseball.
Longer days.
Barbecues.
Walks in the park with my kids.
Vacations.

I’m sure you have some favorites of your own, but these are a few of my favorite things, and they seem to all happen to take place over the course of the next few months.  

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Life as a #GirlDad: Empowering children in STEM

Posted by Preston Frazier on March 11, 2021

“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.”
– Brooke Hampton

For me, there is no better feeling than being a dad, especially a “girl dad.” As a dad to a soon-to-be-four-year-old daughter (whom I call my three-nager), my life can be summed up in four words:

Interesting, yet very rewarding.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Women in STEM

Flying into 2021: Drone curriculum offerings

Posted by Preston Frazier on January 27, 2021

Hello, all! Even though 2020 is long behind us (hallelujah!) and the first month of 2021 is ending (How did that happen?), it’s still good to reflect on some of the positives of the last year. Maybe you learned a new skill with all the time you had at home. Maybe you embraced the increased family time and realized how important that really is in the grand scheme of things. Looking back, I know there were some good things to come out of that different, weird, and crazy year.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, STEM, Trends, Careers, Coding, Professional Development, Career Expeditions, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, innovate, Workforce Development