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Fizzyology: Researching the root beer float

Posted by Deidre Galloway on August 06, 2020

What’s more refreshing than a cold, foamy root beer float on a warm summer’s day?

Imagine escaping the squelching summer heat by heading into a cool fountain shop for a creamy, foamy, fizzy treat. Root beer floats made an appearance into American culture at the soda fountain counters of the early 1900s long before air-conditioning.

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

Launch your learning to the Moon: The universe of STEM

Posted by Molly Underwood on July 24, 2020

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first humans to the Moon. And, six hours after landing on the Moon, the American astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the lunar surface. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Culture, Science, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Activities

The scoop on ice cream STEM activities

Posted by Melissa Karsten on June 16, 2020

Ice cream is always a big hit in the summertime (and usually year round too if we’re being honest 😉). I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say they don’t like ice cream. I know there are some who can’t eat it because of allergies or other dietary restrictions, but, as for just not liking it, while I’m sure there are some people out there that don’t, I’d think they must be pretty rare.

And there are so many ice cream options to choose from! Personally, I grew up with the smooth creaminess of Dairy Queen ice cream, but I won’t turn down any other offerings!

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

Yo-Yo physics: Practice the science that make yo-yos so much fun

Posted by Patty Cooke on June 13, 2020

When I was in fifth grade, I was almost in a yo-yo commercial. Looking back now, I wonder if knowing the physics behind yo-yoing would have helped me land that commercial. Who knows? Maybe I’d be a famous actress – or yo-yoer – by now.

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

From root to STEM: Composting 101

Posted by Deidre Galloway on May 29, 2020

As spring heads into summer, I’m excited about all the produce that will come out of my garden or from our local farmers’ market. The season also has me thinking about all the nutrients necessary for healthy plants and soil as well as even thinking ahead to what to do with waste at the end of the season. Maybe you’ve read our “Gardening – An outdoor STEM activity for all ages” blog and are wondering the same things. For me, the two-part solution has always been composting. 

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