Staycation: Tourist in your own home

Posted by Paige Bowman on May 11, 2020

Things are locked down, and it’s tough. I’m antsy at home, and I want to get away, see things, and stop postponing trips. My partner and I even bought a new-to-us camper recently, hoping we’d be able to utilize it for Memorial Day, only to find out that the campgrounds near us that are open (and encouraging social distancing) are already booked for every weekend this month! What do I do? How do I scratch my itch?

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

Change brings opportunity, unexpected lessons

Posted by Patty Cooke on May 01, 2020

There’s an old saying that nothing is permanent except change. Over the past few months, we’ve all come to realize the truth of this. School, work, celebrations, livelihoods – lives – have been disrupted by this sudden change. And, while we might all agree that change is a part of life, that doesn’t take away the pain and confusion that abrupt, unexpected change can cause.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Your guide to creating a STEM @ Home educational experience

Posted by Molly Underwood on April 23, 2020

We believe hands-on, minds-on learning can happen anywhere and everywhere. And, as homes turn into classrooms, parents into teachers, and laptops and tablets into textbooks, STEMspiration is in high demand.

The good news is that STEM is our jam. We remain committed to leading education that positively affects learners and developing solutions for you. That’s why we worked together to create STEM @ Home a way to provide resources, giveaways, and ideas to support those who need it.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, News, Collaborations, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Math, innovate, Art

Rise together: Being a ‘Force for Change’ in different times

Posted by Joe Slifka on April 18, 2020

The 2020 season for the LaBrae High School robotics team, The RoboVikes, ended on Thursday, March 12. We weren’t planning to finish so early, but, like much the rest of the country, our school was shut down and ordered to remain closed for three weeks. That was more than five weeks ago now. In Ohio, we are currently in “shelter in place” mode with only essential businesses remaining open, with plans to reassess the COVID-19 situation in early May. 

As we navigate these different times, I wanted to share some moments we had during our season and ways that teams can stay connected and continue to build your skill sets. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Trends, Resources, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, innovate, Workforce Development, 3-D Printing

Making the best of it: Makerspace at home activities

Posted by Preston Frazier on April 16, 2020

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”
― B.B. King

Life has thrown us a curveball. I think we would all agree with that. We are in the middle of something that we have never seen before and most likely will never see again. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Makerspace, Makerspaces, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate