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2021 Big Book: Resources for learning anywhere

Posted by Molly Underwood on February 11, 2021

Have you seen our recently released 2021 Big Book catalog? This year, we’ve got exciting products in all categories as well as an anniversary celebration. I was able to sit down with Marketing Portfolio Coordinator Anna Gudde to ask her some questions about the 2021 Big Book catalog. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Science, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Art

Sound experiments for students: Going analog with a tin can telephone

Posted by Deidre Galloway on January 19, 2021

January 19 is National Tin Can Day. Yep, there really is a day for everything it seems. So why recognize this one? Well, we can’t pass up the opportunity for some hands-on learning! Tin cans are celebrated for the advancements they brought to food preservation in the early 1800s. Outside of their primary purpose, I’m thinking about celebrating the science of the tin can telephones. The Guinness World Record for the longest functioning tin can telephone is 796 feet!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics, innovate

Explore IoT through Arduino

Posted by Alan Kirby on December 09, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a giant network of connected devices that collects and shares data from all over the world, and it’s changing the way we live, work, and study. There are nearly limitless options and opportunities for IoT-connected devices and industries incorporating IoT. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Science, Technology, Trends, Engineering, Coding, Hands-on Learning, innovate

Fantastic fall pumpkin activities

Posted by Melissa Karsten on October 28, 2020

Fall is in the air, which can mean more indoor time for kids. What a great time for pumpkin activities! We grow pumpkins on our farm and I love fresh pumpkin pies! But, until I started digging online, I had no idea there were so many engaging and fun opportunities using pumpkins to teach STEM virtually anywhere. 

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

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