Sending a virtual handshake: Connecting in a new way

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 18, 2020

“School’s out for summer!” We all have heard those famous rock anthem lyrics at some point in our lives, and well, I’m sure there are many teachers who haven’t been more excited for summer to be here – especially in 2020. This first half of the year has posed its challenges (to say the least!), and summer means taking a break, soaking up a little sun, and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. 

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, ROBOTICS, STEM, Resources, Coding, Professional Development, STEAM, Conferences, Virtual Reality

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

Code your own story: Interactive storytelling through coding

Posted by Jessica Born on June 11, 2020

Beginning, middle, end. Those are familiar elements of a good story.

They provide the structure to help a reader follow along and convey the intended message.

Coding has similar elements that provide structure too. You might have heard of terms such as head, body, tag, and so on. These enable the code to be executed properly and even help the programmer explain the code if needed.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

School’s out for summertime fun

Posted by Aubrey Vance on June 09, 2020

What do you do in the summertime? After the last few months of doing virtual/online schooling, your answer might be, “anything but schoolwork!” and I would wholeheartedly agree! But, there’s a lot of real-world learning that can happen in the summer — natural conversations to spur kids’ curiosity — with activities that you’re already planning!

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