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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Back to school: A BIG year brings BIG appreciation

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 26, 2020

As we all gear back up for school in these uncharted waters, we have been amazed by the lengths you, the teachers, have all gone to support your students and their learning. And, it’s no secret you will all continue to do that in the next school year.

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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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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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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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