Just over a year ago I started birding, or bird watching as you may know it. I have always loved nature, learning about my local plants, and doing native gardening. Learning about birds was a natural extension of that. One of my absolute favorite parts of birding is “Backyard Birding.” Essentially, backyard birding is observing and appreciating the birds who are right around one’s backyard, schoolyard, or outdoor space. Think life science meets “I Spy.” Of course, working with teachers and students, backyard birding can also be "Schoolyard" birding, incorporating STEAM to foster critical thinking and observation skills. Imagine you and your students excitedly saying, “Oh, that’s a mountain chickadee! And there’s a dark-eyed junco. Oh, hello cute lesser goldfinch!”
High schools and vocational institutions are at the forefront of shaping students for the challenges of an increasingly dynamic workforce. The integration of robotics, 3D printing, and interactive displays is no longer just convenient—it's essential. This transforms how students acquire vital life skills and prepares them for a competitive job market.
Denver Public Schools (DPS) is leading the way in career exploration through its Spark Early Career Exploration Program, emphasizing diverse career exposure for students. Olivia Barraza Kee, Senior Manager of DPS Spark, highlights the importance of developing career identities to shape students' futures positively: “The work of developing career identities for our students is really important to us so that they can plan and chart their futures and get careers that sustain them and their families." The program connects students with local businesses and offers an extensive online resource library.
Happy Red Planet Day, Educators! Red Planet Day celebrates Mars, encouraging exploration and understanding. Today, let's embark on an exciting journey to explore Mars with your students through simple lessons, 3D printing, and robotics. Get ready to make the Red Planet come alive in your classroom!
In Weld County RE-1 schools, the challenge was clear: engage a diverse student population, especially those with special needs. Traditional teaching methods fell short. A key solution? Implementation of Mimio Robo E3 Pro 3D printers for teaching and learning.
Incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning is essential for helping students develop important skills like critical thinking, perseverance, communication, and creative problem-solving. To help you plan more STEM learning experiences for their students, the award-winning MyStemKits curriculum offers engaging lessons, activities, and Design Challenges that are hands-on, and standards aligned. This online resource includes over 400 lesson plans that use 3D printing, robotics, sensors, and virtual simulations to deepen students' understanding and optimize learning experiences.
We’re excited to announce a new update to the printing capabilities of our award-winning Robo E3 3D printers – you can now print directly from Tinkercad! Tinkercad is a free web app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. Teachers everywhere use Tinkercad to help get them started with 3D printing in their classrooms.
In this lesson, our STEM MimioMaster Meredith Williams shares a common experience for many teachers – starting instruction with one topic but totally switching to another.
The years have zipped by, and it still surprises me that I’m in my seventh year of teaching! In these seven years, I’ve taught grade 6 and grade 8 science - Life Science, Physical Science Honors, Comprehensive 1, and Comprehensive 3 Science. Currently, I’m enjoying my 8th grade science classes and have the privilege of serving as the Science Department Lead at my school. Teaching has been an experience, and science has always been a part of my life. I definitely have a passion for it!