In the Market for a Microscope?

Thinking of buying a microscope? Microscopes fall into two basic categories: a compound, or high power microscope; and a stereo, or low power microscope. If you are interested in looking at materials such as insects, paper, shells, leaves, tiny mechanical parts, or table salt, you want to purchase a stereo microscope.   The stereo microscope…

Get Your Students Into a Growth Mindset

Have you ever wondered why some students embrace learning while others shut down when they suffer a setback? Scientists wondered as well, and through years of study determined that it may be a matter of mindset. Those with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed. Students know they can develop their skills and…

Teenage Alcoholism

Think about this… You’re had too many drinks at the party. You get into your car to drive home. Your vision is blurred, you can’t see inside the shadows made by the parked cars. Suddenly a person crosses the intersection and you can’t slow down fast enough. You smash into the pedestrian. This is a…

Teaching Kids to Code

We live in a digital age in which everyone has a computer. It is a part of our daily lives. Every student should have access to computers, smartphones, or tablets, because almost everything we do requires some form of programming. The earlier we introduce coding to children, the more comfortable they will become with computers…

Unusual Art Forms

An art form is not only the specific shape or quality an artistic expression takes, but also the way the creation affects others. Art teachers are familiar with these new wave forms that pop up now and then, but how many do you know?   Sticky Note Art Sticky notes have become a dynamic medium…

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

These days, one in five children in the United States is obese. September’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. A few extra pounds do not suggest obesity. However, they may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily and a need for…

Robotic Milkers are the Future

The newest technology edging its way into the world of dairy farmers is robotic milkers. It’s an expensive investment, yet the farmers who invest in it are rewarded with more milk production, less infections in their herd, and more free time. Desperate for reliable labor and buoyed by soaring prices, dairy operations across the states…

Have You Thought About Adding a Class Newsletter?

How many times have your students gone home from school, reporting that they did nothing that day? “Nothing” or “not much” is often the response to a parent’s questions about their child’s school day. Trying to pry useful information out of student who would rather go out and play or watch TV is often a…

STEAM Part 3 — Funding

Funding a new initiative like a STEAM curriculum can be intimidating. Whether you decide to combine certain subjects like art and technology, or your school board is ready to undertake the big step of turning a majority, if not all, of the school into a STEAM school, you need money to make things work. The…

Great Arts and Crafts Lesson Plans!

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”   ~ Pablo Picasso As the school year starts, teachers are always looking for new ways to introduce their subjects to their students. That is where Nasco’s Artworks comes in. Artworks Lesson Plans are created by teachers for teachers; created…

STEAM Part 2 — Prepare for the Undertaking

STEAM education is making its way across the country. The alliance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are preparing students of all ages for future jobs, education, and discoveries. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM/STEAM jobs will continue to grow over the next decade at a staggering rate of 17 percent—compared with an…

Yoga in the Classroom

Today’s children are more anxious and stressed at school than ever before due to more rigid testing requirements and higher academic and social expectations. The prevalence of behavior and emotional disorders is on the rise in elementary-aged children. So why not settle your students a bit by trying yoga in the classroom? The ultimate goal…

Start Your STEAM Classroom Today!

There has been a lot of talk about STEM and STEAM curriculums lately. Some schools already have already jumped on the STEAM bandwagon; others are trying to prepare for its arrival. Just what is STEAM? The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This approach to education was designed to revolutionize the…

Getting Teachers Ready To Go Back To School

Summer flies by faster than hummingbird wings, and before you know it’s time to get ready to go back to school. It is one thing to get students back on schedule, waking up early and going to bed early, but what about teachers? Returning to work starts long before school actually starts.  And as much…

August is American Artist Appreciation Month

When people think of famous visual artists, the first to come to mind are often the European classics: Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet. Unless the exception is someone the viewer is really hooked on, foreign artists often take the spotlight. But there are thousands of American artists who have contributed the same amount of inspiration and talent…

20 Fun Science Facts

The world of science is a fascinating place. It is the inspiration for hope and amazement, the precursor of science fiction, and the last chance for body repair. So thanks to various cosmic sources, here are 20 strange and wonderful facts that will make you love science:  There is enough DNA in the average person’s…

Specialty Farms

Specialty farms and specialty crops are not the fruit and vegetable stands of yesterday. Specialty farming is taking off and becoming its own industry these days, and consumers couldn’t be happier. What is a specialty farm? According to the Agriculture Department, the Farm Bill defines specialty crops as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits,…

DNA Tests for Weight Loss

There are very few people who do not want to lose weight. Overeating, eating the wrong things, and lack of exercise all contribute to being overweight. Overall, 70.7 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese, meaning that an unhealthy weight has become the norm. And one in six children and adolescents are obese in…

Math Anxiety Is Real

Math anxiety can be a big problem in all grades. It’s not just a dislike for the subject – it’s a real problem that blocks the brain’s working memory and starts running a cycle of math avoidance, low achievement, and fear. Research confirms that pressure of timed tests and risk of public embarrassment have long…

10 Interesting PE Facts

Everyone these days is into physical education. And well they should be. If we can’t be marathon runners or professional athletes, a walk or two around the block will do the job, too. Here are 10 interesting facts about fitness. Have fun – and keep walking.    The largest muscle in your body is… Your…

Makerspace 4 — Where Do You Get Ideas?

So you’ve done it! You’ve secured a space for after-school makerspace. You’ve gotten donations and a grant. Now what do you teach? Teachers have their own idea of creativity; of what to build (or take apart), and the importance of hands-on learning. So what do you build? Or take apart? First thing is to know…

Positive Teacher-Student Relationships Are Important

There used to be a time when there was a strong line drawn between teacher and student. The teacher taught, the student learned. And if there were any problems, miscommunications, or learning difficulties, that was too bad. The student had to learn, period. These days we live in a culture that takes the whole teacher/student…

Makerspace 3 — How to Get What You Need

You have gotten the approval for a makerspace. You have talked to other teachers and are working out curriculums with their classes, and have a basic idea of what you want your students to learn. How do you pay for all of this? The first obvious spot are grants. They are not always easy to…

What Is Flipped Learning?

Flipped Learning is an approach that allows teachers to implement a methodology, or various methodologies, in their classrooms. The principal goals of flipping are: To make the classroom an active learning environment To enable students to learn at their own pace To help the instructor teach each student individually, rather than the class as a…

Makerspace Part 2 — Propose and Start

You have thought out how you are going to teach students in their makerspace, and how you are going to connect their projects with your curriculum. Now it’s time to work on getting what you want. The first thing you need to do is get your idea out there. Tell your administration. Tell the other…

Makerspace Part 1 — Mental Prep

Thinking about turning classroom space into Makerspace? Last October we touched on the generalities of Makerspace. A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for creating, learning, exploring, and sharing. We explained what Makerspace is in general terms, just enough to get you interested. Now you are seriously thinking…

Head Out To The World Pork Expo!

Be sure to stop by Nasco’s Booth #V436 at the 2018 World Pork Expo June 6-8, 2018 at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, Iowa, and check out our most popular products for the swine industry. Taylor Crouch, Nasco’s Farm Sales Manager, answered a few questions about Nasco’s involvement in the Expo. What…

June Is National Dairy Month

For those of you who love milk, cheese, and yogurt, this month is for you! June is National Dairy Month! In 1937, grocer organizations sponsored “National Milk Month” as a way to distribute extra milk during the warmer months of the year. Two years later, June officially became designated as “National Dairy Month.” Nasco has…

Seven Ways to Keep Germs Away

We all can remember the million times our parents said “wash your hands before dinner.” We’d nod and run into the bathroom and wash up. For some of us that was the last time our hands saw soap and water until the next dinner. Your hands are your primary tools of physical interaction with the…

A Quick History of Art – Part 4

The beauty and wonder of art is how it affects our everyday life. We may not understand what we are looking at, yet it still evokes a response from our emotions. The World Wars had quite an effect on the direction of art, sometimes turning to skepticism or deconstruction. Part 3 was the beginning, the…

Water from Air

Most of us do not realize that there is a shortage of fresh drinking water in many countries. It is a scarce natural resource that is under threat from humanity’s ever-increasing demand, along with atmospheric changes and global warming. But what if you could make water from air? There are an estimated 13 trillion liters…

A Quick History of Art — Part 3

Art has ridden on a crest of innovation and dynamics. Part 2 dealt with the emergence of art as a classical, embroidered movement. Now, from the building of the pyramids to the bright, vivid, over-sized beauties of Georgia O’Keeffe, art has continued to turn against itself and turn out new styles and creativity. (Remember these…

Help Them Remember

All of us tend to smile when we think about the “good old days.” Thoughts of days gone by, times when we were at school, or our first job or first child tend to put a glow in our hearts. But as people age, reminiscing takes on a greater significance. Experts studying memory and aging…

A Quick History of Art – Part 2

Art has been in the hearts and souls of mankind for a very long time. Part 1 blog dealt with the dawn of art. The timeline started simple and spread through the highly elaborate time of the Renaissance. But there were other movements starting near the end of the Renaissance — movements that ran against…

We Salute Teachers!

Teacher Appreciation Week is a week-long celebration held the first week of May that recognizes teachers and the contributions they make to education and society. Teacher Appreciation Week this year is May 6 through May 12. There are so many reasons to celebrate our teachers and what they do for future generations. They not only…

A Quick History of Art – Part 1

As long as there has been someone leaving a lasting creative mark on something else, there has been art. Expressing man’s mind and heart on objects shows that art has been around since the dawn of man. Archaeologists say they have discovered 40,000-year-old cave art in Indonesia. The oldest painting — a hand stencil —…

May Day is Just Around the Corner!

The first day of May is probably just an ordinary day for you and your family. But for centuries, many cultures celebrated May Day as the first day of summer, even though May 1 comes near the start of spring. It’s a time for saying goodbye to the long, cold winter, and welcoming warmer weather…

Three Ways to Celebrate Astronomy Day

“The purpose of life is the investigation of the Sun, the Moon, and the heavens.”  ~ Anaxagoras, Philosopher   April 21, 2018 is Astronomy Day! Astronomy Day focuses on sharing the joy and excitement of astronomy with the general population. It’s sort of a “Bringing Astronomy to the People” day. On Astronomy Day, thousands of…

Five Things To Do at the Math NCTM Conference

Come join us for the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting and Exposition April 25-28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Join thousands of your mathematics education peers at the premier math education event of the year! Network and exchange ideas, engage with innovation in the field, and discover new learning practices that will…

Food Trends + Super Foods = Fun Eating!

According to QSR Magazine, consumers are implementing trends in their own lifestyles and want to see them reflected on restaurant menus. In response, chefs are creating more items in-house and turning to global flavors for inspiration. One thing that has been true for the past few years is that consumers are going back to healthy…

Is Forensic Science for You?

Most of what we know about Forensic Science is in the form of the CSI TV show: they come in, sprinkle powder for fingerprints, do a DNA swab, and boom! They catch the perpetrator. But forensic science is so much more than that. Forensic investigators fall under two main categories: forensic scientists and crime scene…

Keep Skills Sharp with Smart Starts

A brand new tool has been created to encourage students to keep ahead in reading, writing, and math, both during school and summer breaks. Nasco’s Smart Start Kits reviews what the student learned the previous year and takes them into what they will be learning the next year. Created for grades kindergarten through fourth grade,…

The Fast Food Blues

We all eat fast foods now and then – we all stop for a quick burger or a soda on our way to and from all the places we visit. It’s quick, easy, and tastes good. But considering eight out of 10 Americans eat fast food at least once a month, it’s important to know what…

Give Your Students a (Sensory) Break

With all the running around adults do, it is often said that adults need a “sensory break” now and then. Well, children need sensory breaks now and then, too. Just as adults need a break from the grind of the work day, students of all ages need a mental break from the pressures of ……

58th Annual WPS Farm Show

For more than five decades, the WPS Farm Show has provided an opportunity for the agricultural community to check out the latest farming equipment, machinery, tools, and services. This year, the 58th Annual WPS Farm Show will take place March 27-29, 2018, at the EEA Grounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Nasco is an active part of…

Get Your School Garden Going

School gardens are a growing phenomenon across the country. From tiny plots to larger sections of school grounds, gardening provides educators a way to enhance education through practical, hands-on, reality-based learning. School gardens are a chance to show students of all ages the responsibilities and enjoyment of growing their own food. According to kids Gardening,…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

To most in America, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates the Irish and their traditions by parades, music, shamrocks, and green beer. But are we celebrating true traditions or a fluffy version? Here are myths and truths about this favorite day: First off, the patron saint of Ireland was actually born in Scotland in the late 4th…

Ten Pieces of Pi

Pi Day is a Math Holiday held on March 14th or 3-14 in tribute to the common 3.14 approximation for pi. The pi constant represents the ratio between the circumferences of a circle to its diameter. It is represented by the Greek letter “π” and is a number of extreme usefulness and intrigue in science and engineering. What…

Animal Assisted Therapy for Seniors

There is a growing movement in senior housing centers and retirement homes to increase animal/patient interactions for health and wellness benefits. This means not only bringing in live pets to visit, but also giving senior patients a stuffed cat, dog, or other animal to hold and keep. Pet therapy for seniors, also known as Animal…

The Story of MyPlate

Once upon a time there was a little round plate that was divided into four colorful sections with a little round circle on its upper right shoulder. This little plate had no idea why someone would unevenly divide it’s smooth, round surface. Then it learned why. The purpose of MyPlate is to promote messages based…

12 Tips on Picking a Preschool

Prechool is a very big step for a small child. It’s a new world full of strange adults and lots of other kids. It may seem like a lot of fun to grownups, but for first time children is can be environmental overload. It’s important to be supportive of your child both before and after…

March is Youth Art Month!

March is Youth Art Month! Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts, linking more than 800,000 K-12 students and over 200 art educators all across America to the exciting and creative world of art. Student exhibitions, public artworks, art festivals, and school events raise awareness and support of the visual arts to local…

Warm Ups and Cool Downs

Whether it’s kids or adults, none of us ever seem to have enough time to stretch and warm up before we work out or play sports. We’re in good shape, we say. Our kids play sports every day ‑ they’re young and healthy. Why bother to stretch a little before or after? According to multiple…

I Want to Be a Scientist

I Want To Be a Scientist. This is a phrase thrown around by children all the way up to high school or college. But what does becoming a scientist entail? Most desires of a career at a younger age are reflections of situations around them, influences from friends and family, and outside stimuli such as…

Cool Math Facts

The science of Math may be one of the more demanding subjects to learn, but it is also a world full of strange facts and discoveries. Here are some cool and amazing facts about Math complements of C. Bhaskar, Professor of Mathematics. Take a look and see if you recognize any of these truisms: Notches…

The Future of Farming

When you wonder about the future of farming, do you picture wall-to-wall fields of grain spreading across the land to the horizon? If so, think again. The challenge of how we will feed the population of the future is a hi-tech challenge, one that farmers are meeting on a daily basis. Future farms will be…

St. Valentine’s Day Is Near!

We all know how Americans celebrate St. Valentine’s Day: flowers (usually roses), candy, valentines in the form of cards or store-bought messages of friendship, and stuffed animals (mostly teddy bears). It is a day to say “I Love You” or something similar. Historical details are murky, as three different Valentines existed and may have been…

The Need For Home Economics Classes

When you think of Home Economics, you probably think of sewing appliques and baking cupcakes. These classes originally acted as a bridge during the 20th century for women to enter into institutions of higher education and later into the work force. Today, however, Home Economics classes are so much more. The curriculum has changed nearly beyond recognition….

Do You Know Your Art?

Art comes in many styles and forms. According to the Encyclopedia of Art, quite a few styles and forms. How many of these do you know? Animation Art Derived from the Latin meaning “to breathe life into” animation is the visual art of creating a motion picture from a series of still drawings. Architecture      …

Infants and Toddlers Love Reading Too!

In today’s society it’s more important than ever to prepare young children to read. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age. Beginning from birth, reading, rhyming,…

The Science of Optical Illusions

Theres an artcle going around the intrnet that pointz outthat wrds don’t have two be speled correctly n order too be understd. With txting and instant messagng, much ov the world becoms en illusion. Bad grammar and sloppy typing aside, there is something to be said about illusions. They make us think; they make us…

Don’t Let Math Be Confusing!

Math can be a confusing subject. Even those who love numbers may get hung up on technicalities. Nasco has the perfect solution for when your students get stuck – Free PDF MathWorks Lesson Plans!  Teachers just like you have created many of our lesson plans. They have discovered an easier way to grasp math concepts…

E-Procurement — An Economical Way to Shop

What is E-Procurement? The Business Dictionary defines e-procurement as “the use of the Internet or a company’s intranet to procure goods and services used in the conduct of business. An e-procurement system can streamline all aspects of the purchasing process while applying tighter controls over spending and product preferences.” That may sound like a stiff…

Is A Professional Organization For You?

You are finally in the position you have trained for. Your schedule is full and your learning curve is still rising. Is it time to join a national association in your field? There are professional organizations in every field. But are the yearly dues worth it to join? While each and every organization is different,…

Flexible Seating Part III — The Results

Guest Blog by Shauni Sawchuck Now I know you are all dying to know if this whole flexible seating craze really works. What you need to understand is, it is and will always be a different environment to work and teach in. Things will have to change, and that is not a bad thing. Classroom…

11 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s — Teacher Style

New Year’s resolutions come and go. We make resolutions; we try to keep them, yet we often come up short in finishing them. But sometimes just thinking about resolutions for the New Year creates changes in the way we think and act. So here is a complication of New Year’s resolutions from across the Web…

Can the 12 Days of Christmas Break the Bank?

The holidays are here! Thoughts of baking cookies and singing songs and long walks through the snow twinkle everyone’s thoughts this time of year. One of Christmas’s favorite songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a light-hearted attempt to give the one you love extraordinary gifts. But what if you wanted to buy each of…

Flexible Seating – Part 2 of 3 – The Process

Guest Blog by Shauni Sawchuck, Henderson, NV   The question most teachers ask these days is, “How can I turn my classroom into a flexible seating arrangement?” The process can be simple or intricate, depending on how and when you want to roll flexible seating out into your classroom. For me, I initially rolled this concept…

FFA Trains Students for the Future

The National FFA Organization is the largest youth-led organization in the nation. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They teach that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting – it’s a science, a business, and an art. FFA was founded by a group of young farmers…

Flexible Seating – Part 1 of 3 – The Idea

It’s no secret that U.S. schools are undergoing radical changes to classroom design. Changes range from the development of more mobile and interactive spaces to the introduction of different types of furniture to the inclusion of new technology. All of these changes have been designed to enhance the educational experience and improve learning outcomes. Seating has…

Whirl-Pak® – Trust the Results

At Whirl-Pak® we are committed to making the world a safer place by providing better products that produce better integrity in the results. We have covered these checkpoints since 1959. Made in the U.S.A., Whirl-Pak® bags were the first sterile sample bags on the market. Whirl-Pak® bags made possible the “universal sample system,” which means that…

Merrily We Rover Along

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission began with the launch of Spirit and Opportunity in 2003. The two robots were tasked with finding signs of past water activity on Mars, and both quickly turned up plenty of evidence near their disparate landing sites. Both rovers far outlived their planned missions of 90 Martian solar days:…

Learn to Sign

A fact from the World Health Organization: 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, and 32 million of these are children. General education classrooms are becoming more diverse. Children with a variety of disabilities and from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds are mainstreamed into the general education environment. This makes it difficult for one…

Custom Kits Created By You!

Ever come up with a great project for your classroom, and by the time you shop and order a dozen different items you’ve lost your money and your patience? This is where Nasco and its Custom Kits Department can help. Buying multiples of certain items can be expensive, not to mention time-consuming. You want to…

Coloring for Seniors

Remember the joy you had – perhaps still have – when you opened a fresh box of crayons or colored pencils? The scent, the mere act of checking out all the colors that were available, immediately filled you with anticipation and satisfaction. In reality, these beneficial effects don’t go away once you grow up. The…

Nine Things You Might Not Have Known About Thanksgiving

  As the Big Day of Giving Thanks approaches, Nasco would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! And to brighten your get-togethers, here are nine facts to twinkle your turkey: Thanksgiving was initially meant to be a fast, not a feast. The devout settlers at Plymouth Rock recognized “giving of thanks”…

Do Fidgets Belong In The Classroom?

Sit in any classroom these days and you may hear a soft “whirrrr” in the background. Fidget Spinners. The basic fidget spinner has three prongs centered around a circle with bearings in the middle. Take one prong, give it a spin, and watch as the triangle shape becomes a blur, sort of like a ceiling…

5 Things You Might Not Know About Veterans Day

As November slips into high gear, almost all we can think about is Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping. Both are days to celebrate: The first, for giving thanks, the second, for giving money. But the beginning of November also celebrates Veterans Day on November 11th. Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the…

Celebrate National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day November 8th

November 8th is “National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day,” a “holiday” to encourage kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in fun and engaging ways. Initially created by MGA Entertainment, this day has grown to be a hallmark day to learn about S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and S.T.E.A.M. (adding an…

The Future of Math

What is the future of Math? How has it changed? How will it change in the future? Nasco asked Math’s Category Manager Dixie Weidman several pertinent questions about the evolution of Math and the challenges teachers face.  How has learning Math changed in the last 10-20 years? Learning and teaching math has changed dramatically and…

10 Tips for Holiday Baking

The Holidays are approaching! This is the time of year that those who always bake and those who never bake think about baking. Here are 10 tips to make your baking season the best ever!   Read the Entire Recipe Before You Start Baking. Even if you’re making something basic, it’s a good idea to…

Explore the Possibilities of Makerspace

The next up-and-coming expansion to the educational arena is makerspace. What is makerspace, you may ask? A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for creating, learning, exploring, and sharing. Makerspaces usually provide tools and space for creating products in a school or community environment. Expert advisors may be…

Halloween = Fun Things To Do!

Carve the pumpkins and heat the apple cider – Halloween is coming! According to the History Channel website, the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest…

Healthy Eating for Kids (and Adults)

Children and their weight is always a sensitive subject. The reasons some children are larger than their peers are multifold: heredity, age, bad food choices, lack of exercise, puberty, illness, and more. It is a constant struggle for adults and children to find a healthy balance in their daily eating schedules. After all, the body’s…

Visual Delights

Our senses are the most important tools we have to experience the world in all its glory. A colorful sunset, the scent of bacon frying, the pitter patter of rain or the touch of a cashmere sweater all tickle our senses and awaken our passion for life. But what if we can’t always slip out…

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Most people today know someone who has had breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. According to the website Healthfinder.gov, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today…

Creativity in the Classroom

When educators, parents, and students think of creativity, they usually think of Art class.  That may have been true 20 years ago, but times certainly have changed. Most students doing work in classrooms today will be entering a job force their predecessors could hardly imagine. Learning a specific skill set doesn’t necessarily have the same…

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox

Friday, September 22, 2017, is the Autumnal Equinox. What is an equinox? The equinox is the moment in which the plane of the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun’s disk.The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and night that occurs only on the two equinox days…

Don’t Be Afraid To Apply for a Grant

Grants may seem like a lot of work, but they are great ways to get extra funding for your classrooms.  Schools cover the basics of education, but what about extras you could really use but can’t afford? Grants provide visibility and credibility of your program to administration, community, parents, and students. They provide funding so…

World Dairy Expo 2017 Is Coming!

The World Dairy Expo 2017, held at the Alliant Energy Center in the heart of Dairy County, Madison, Wisconsin, October 3-7, 2017, is the pinnacle of dairy shows. What exactly is the World Dairy Expo? The World Dairy Expo is a five-day event showcasing dairy cattle and the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. Considered the largest…

Outdoor Learning

There was a time when most everything a student learned was outdoors. A one-room schoolhouse became quite crowded when filled with school-aged children. Many things students learned in the sciences and arts were found outside the schoolhouse walls. Years later, baby boomers exploded the size of classrooms. Moving from one classroom to another became a…

The Importance of the Arts in School

The pressure for our young students to learn and perform is growing every day. Curriculums are asking for more studies in hard fields such as Science, Math, and Physics. With budget cuts and smaller staffs, Art classes have taken a backseat in some communities. Often seen as a “soft” science, there are many reasons why…

Get Your Baking On!

The Holidays are coming! Time for celebration and family – and baking. Why not let Nasco’s Family and Consumer Science Catalog help you with your gourmet ideas? Of course we have the basics — OXO® Good Grips Silicone Spatula Set (WA31110), High-Heat Silicone Blue Spatula Set  (WA29373), Stainless Steel French Whip (WA05698),  Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set (WA21270), Snap Fit Measuring…

Keep Your Calves Warm and Healthy

The chill of winter is upon us. Whether North or South, it doesn’t take much for the temperature to dip below freezing. And there’s no better way to keep your calves protected than with blankets and supplements from our Farm & Ranch catalog. Keep your valuable calves warm and toasty with Thinsulate™ insulation in double…

Money Money

It’s getting to be that season again – the season of spending more than we have. Why not teach children at an early age the plusses and pitfalls of money and credit? Nasco’s Math catalog has everything you need to teach students all they need to know about dimes, quarters, dollar bills, and checking accounts….

Follow Us Here!

Now that cooler days are coming, most of us are settling into the routine of getting and staying warmer until spring. Happy to say, Nasco has been warming up its stock and deals, too! One way to keep on top of our sales and specials is to sign up on one of our Facebook pages….

Celebrate International Artists Day With Nasco!

According to Days of the Year Calendar, International Artists Day honors those creative souls that leave a record of today for the future that can’t be captured in history books. The anguish and joy of the human soul is portrayed through the haunting tones of a melody, the violence and fury caught in a photograph,…

Celebrate National Chemistry Week

“I would tell you a chemistry joke…but all the good ones ARgon…” So goes the world of Chemistry in general and the Periodic Table of Elements in particular. October 16-22, 2016 is National Chemistry Week. Local schools, businesses, and organizations all work to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. From Ac (Actinium) to…

Never Too Young to Learn Manners

You are never too young to learn social skills. Help children make sense of the “rules” when it comes to emotions and manners with friendly reminders from Nasco’s Early Learning catalog. Help children recognize different emotions and the facial and body language that go with them with the Know Your Emotions Book Collection (EL10980J). This…