STEM in the outdoors: National Public Lands Day

Posted by Molly Underwood on September 12, 2020

Let’s be real here, we have some pretty neat nature in this world – some might call it “neature.”

What’s so cool about nature in the United States is that you get a different taste of it in every state. 

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Video gaming brings STEM skills to life

Posted by Admin on September 10, 2020

Video games have become quite the pastime. They’re a good way to bring family and friends together for work or competition or just a way to unwind with a good story after a long day. With social distancing, most gaming platforms have seen a huge increase in both demand and the amount of users, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your mind fresh!

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STEMspired books that encourage

Posted by Preston Frazier on August 13, 2020

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
– Charles W. Eliot

I am a huge fan of books. Self-help books. Funny books. Sports biography books. History books. Cookbooks (hey, I like food 😊). You name it, and I’ll probably read it. You probably think I’m joking, but I’ve been known to pick up even a dictionary and read that too!

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A waxy painting project for your classroom

Posted by Melissa Karsten on August 10, 2020

Not too long ago, we shared “The science of pour painting” blog post, which introduced a fun way to paint and make STEM connections while exploring you and your students’ creative side. Some kids are naturally drawn to artistic outlets such as drawing, painting, or sculpting, but anyone can learn from attempting to communicate artistically. Learning creative processes and understanding materials can give new meaning to the way you see things in the world. So, let us share another great art process for you to try out.

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Translating Morse code into learning

Posted by Paige Bowman on July 23, 2020

When I was young, there was one day that my dad kept making these weird noises. “Daw, dee dee, daw, daw, daw.” I was very, very confused by these seemingly random sounds he was making, but then he said it was actually a sort of secret language. Talk about catching a kid’s interest! He was explaining Morse code to me and showed me the alphabet as it’s written — dots and dashes.

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