Keep calm and keep learning

Okay, let’s just admit it, as parents and teachers alike, we’re all just a little uneasy about the Coronavirus—especially since the World Health Organization has officially labeled it a global pandemic.  With the virus still spreading and 64,000 schools in the U.S. shut down, affecting over 32.5 million public schools students (as of March 15,…

Foundational learning starts with coding & robotics

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “robot?” For many of us of a certain age, we might think of Rosie the Robot, the beloved housekeeper of The Jetsons who not only kept the Jetson family organized and strategically aligned, but she also occasionally offered insightful advice.  In 2020…

3D Printing: The future of learning is here now

In today’s ever-changing educational environments, 3D printing is becoming highly useful in STEM/STEAM curriculums. Yet, if you find yourself wondering—how could this ever work in my classroom? You’re not alone. In fact, recent studies show that 58% of today’s educators already have innovative technology like 3D printers available at their disposal, but don’t put them…

Let’s Put the “A” in STEAM!

All teachers hear and see these days is STEM   STEM   STEM, and how to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into every day subjects. This is a good thing, for STEM introduces a fresh way to teach the basics. After all, science, technology, engineering, and math pervade every part of our lives. We live science…

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…

STEM/STEAM Part 1 — What Is It?

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…

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…

Full STEAM Ahead!

There is a growing wave of educational instruction riding over the country. STEAM is a curriculum that focuses on educating students in five basic skills: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The STEM/STEAM movement believes in keeping America competitive by developing a culture of innovation, and educating children in a way that makes them better…

Have You Considered Turning Your Computer Lab into a STEM Lab?

There has been a growing movement throughout schools to turn their old-fashioned computer labs or seldom-used shop rooms into STEM labs. While the decision is an individual one from school-to-school, it is worth thinking about. STEM education focuses on promoting creativity and exploration in the learning process. As Douglas Ferguson explains in Transforming Computer Labs…

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…

Science and STEM

STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. In our economy, a quality education for all students is necessary to prepare them to prosper in work and in life. The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. This should be beneficial to them when they…