Blog Posts

Aviation Day: The history of flight

Posted by Jessica Witman on August 19, 2021

National Aviation Day is August 19. It seems only right to celebrate the marvel that is aviation. We are living in a world where you can fly from one side of the country to the other in a matter of hours, take romantic hot-air balloon rides, have family fun on windy days flying kites, watch real-time space flights never before thought of, and have a drone deliver packages to your door. But to understand how we got to this point, we need to look into the past.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Science, STEM, Engineering, Hands-on Learning, Physics

Countdown to liftoff: How rockets launch into space

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 13, 2021

Even though 2020 was a challenging year for so many reasons, space exploration continued to reach new heights. SpaceX launched their first astronaut mission, the Perseverance rover was sent to Mars to seek signs of ancient life, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe successfully collected material from asteroid Bennu, and many more historic discoveries happened! The launch schedule for 2021 isn’t short either! Not to mention the most recent launch to space Jeff Bezos took in his rocket ship, New Shepard, which is designed to serve the market for space tourism. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics, innovate

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

Hamburgers: Exploring the basics of burgers, grilling, and STEM

Posted by Jessica Born on May 28, 2021

National Hamburger Day is May 28. National Today has some history and fun fast facts including that American cheese is the predictable favorite topper and that Kansas-based White Castle was the first major burger chain. You’ve also likely seen the stat that McDonald’s has served billions of burgers to date (estimates are hitting about 300 billion!!). Adding to their impact, apparently “worldwide, McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers per second!” (Parade). We love trivia and history, but let’s just get to the meat of this subject – how STEM can help you make the best burger.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Activities, Hands-on Learning

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