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Book Trailer! Explore Comets and Asteroids!

Check out a book trailer video that's out of this world!

Tinkering Kits for Kids vs. Independent Exploration

If you’re a parent and spend any amount of time on social media, it’s likely you’ve seen sponsored posts that advertise subscriptions for monthly STEM kits to be delivered to your house for your kids’ tinkering pleasure.

 

 

The Science Behind Fidget Spinners!

Fidget spinners! Kids love them, but teachers...not so much. Fidget spinners can be distracting, just like any other fad (hey, anyone up for some water bottle flipping?) and their popularity can detract from their usefulness for kids who do actually use them as a concentration tool.

 

Best Podcasts for Middle Schoolers!

I hate running. But I love having gone running! One way I fix my motivation hiccup (it's just so much nicer on the couch with tea and books) is with podcasts. When I run, I get to listen to an episode, and that's enough to make me want to lace up my sneakers and head out.

Science Activity Time: Make a Robot!

When you see news about self-driving cars, do you get excited or nervous? New technology can be a game changer for how we interact with the world (smartphones!) but for some, getting used to these new interactions can be difficult. Kids, however, don't seem to have this problem.

Snow Day Science Projects for Kids!

Here in Vermont, most school children are enjoying a weather-related day off from school. Many parents and caregivers are enjoying the challenge—how do I keep these kids entertained?

Robots: Free Kids' Robotics Activity!

I admit it--when I start thinking about robots, I immediately start choosing which chores I can shrug off onto their metallic shoulders so I'm freed up to do more of the stuff I love. Like reading books and eating chocolate covered pretzels.

 

Before, During, and After Questions to Ask During  Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is built on the concept of learning by doing. But it’s not just the doing that’s important. The reflecting part of experiential learning is the key ingredient for an experience full of discovery and learning!

Creativity in the Classroom

Do your math students feel like they’re being creative when they work at solving complex problems? Do your history students feel like they’re being creative as they delve into the detail about the Marshall Plan? Should they?

Simple Machines and Molecular Machines--How Are They Different?

Small simple machines are a huge part of our lives. We might not even realize how important they are until we find ourselves outside on a chilly morning with a wide open coat, or trying to eat steak with a spoon. In the future, small chemical machines might be an important part of health and medicine. What do simple machines and molecular machines have in common? They were all invented to improve our lives!

 

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