The sky’s NOT the limit: Explore careers and coding fun with new drones

Posted by David Meador on July 09, 2020

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a . . . drone? Surely you’ve had the opportunity to see a drone in flight if not fly one yourself. And if you haven’t seen drones in action, you’ve at least seen their work: movies, TV shows, and even advertisements use them.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, STEM, Resources, Careers, Coding, Activities, Future Ready, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

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

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

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