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Stay warm this winter with these indoor STEM activities

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 22, 2020

For most people, summertime means outdoor activities: sports, swimming, playing at the park, and so forth. But when winter comes around, we tend to hunker down inside our homes. Sure, as a kid, I still spent some time outside in the winter, building snowmen, sledding, and having snowball fights, but there were always winter days that were just too cold to enjoy outside.

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

Holiday Gift Guide 2020 – STEM gifts that keep giving

Posted by Molly Underwood on December 01, 2020

Are you struggling to figure out what to buy the kid who already has everything? Don’t know what to get a teacher friend? Want to give something that will finally make it out of the package?

Lucky you! We’ve curated a one-stop shop for all things hands on that everyone, everywhere will love!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, High School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, Teacher Resources, Giveaways, Makerspaces, Technology, STEM, Trends, Resources, Coding, Activities, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Hands-on activities that will get your kids excited about Thanksgiving!

Posted by Melissa Karsten on November 25, 2020

Adding a seasonal theme to an activity can change your students’ perspective. All of a sudden, it doesn’t seem like an assignment to them anymore. Now, if you just had a list of activities to work with in time for Thanksgiving! Let’s see what we can do.

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

Making STEM connections using project-based learning

Posted by Aubrey Vance on October 08, 2020

Have you heard the buzz about project-based learning (PBL)? The educational community has been talking about it for a while, but what’s the big deal anyway? How is PBL different from other projects students complete in class? An easy and often-used way of understanding the difference between doing projects and PBL is to think of it in terms of food.

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Topics: Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, STEM Expeditions, Teacher Development, STEM Units, Professional Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

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