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My First Hour of Code

Posted by Crysta Baier on Tue, Jan 21, 2020

I’m still fairly new to the coding game. In November 2018, I finally enrolled in a Code.org class held near me. I loved this free class and wanted to try it out with my students. However, I didn’t feel like the timing was right for me to participate in the Hour of Code taking place just a couple of weeks following my training. After all, I was still learning myself and only beginning to teach the Code.org curriculum to my third and fourth graders. So, I bowed out of the Hour of Code in December 2018, thinking I’d try it the next year.

Fast-forward to December 2019. I now had a year of experience teaching the Code.org curriculum. This year, I even included my second graders in coding activities. By the time December rolled around, I was ready. I had already signed up for the Hour of Code and had a plan of action.

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Topics: STEM, Coding

Resources for Teaching About Space

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Nov 20, 2019

Space: The final frontier. A topic that is touched on in many science classrooms, but rarely finds a foothold in the major learning of our students. Learning about space provides opportunities to not only teach the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but also allows students to think, dream, and wonder.  

As a classroom teacher of science or any other discipline, the topic of space can be a great crosscutting concept. As teachers dive into the NGSS, they can use these cross-curricular ideas to engage and deepen student learning.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM

Top 10 STEM Resources for Robotics and Coding

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Today’s educators know how vital STEM fields are for their students. STEM learning covers a multitude of necessary skills: hands-on, critical thinking, problem solving, student-driven, creativity, innovation, collaboration, inquiry, leadership, and teamwork. These skills will help today’s students excel in STEM careers, which are growing at a rate of 17%—compared to 9.8% in other professions.

Robotics and coding are becoming more and more popular for incorporating STEM in the classroom. Both activities are engaging for students while providing the ability to apply their knowledge of science, mathematics, and technology to solve problems.

Interesting in incorporating these activities into your classroom? Here are our top picks for robotics and coding resources:

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Topics: STEM

Using Virtual Reality in the Classroom Part Two: How to Get Started

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Oct 30, 2019

As I discussed in the first part of this series, there are many great reasons to get started with virtual reality in your classroom. The immersive experience is like nothing else—to me, it really feels like futuristic technology in our students' hands. Engagement skyrockets when we have the VR goggles out. 

There are numerous teaching tools and instructional strategies to go along with this experience that are easy for teachers to access. While on a VR tour, teachers can prompt students to look at different landmarks or details of the environment. There are both self-guided student experiences as well as others that the teacher leads the students through, depending on the objectives of the lesson.

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Topics: tips for teachers, STEM

Branching Off From the STEM

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Oct 22, 2019

When we discuss STEM classes and content, by their very nature, we are talking about multiple cross-curricular concepts. Engineering is math and math leads to technology, which requires science, which is what engineers study, and so on and so forth. So why should we consider how STEM concepts can branch out even further into our classrooms?

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Topics: STEM

[eBook]  NEW! The Big Guide to STEM Volume 2

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Oct 10, 2019


You’ve probably heard of STEM—you may even teach STEM in your classroom. The key to students’ success is not only to learn science, technology, engineering, and math, but also to understand how those disciplines apply to the world around them. Students need to develop the critical skills that will prepare them for beyond the classroom, enabling them to be tomorrow’s engineers and innovators.

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Topics: STEM

Top Three Considerations When Selecting Robotics for Your STEM Activities

Posted by Stephen Barker on Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Robotics has become a popular activity for incorporating STEM in the classroom. Among other things, robots are engaging, eye-catching, dynamic, and more interesting than a book for capturing and holding a student’s attention. Unfortunately, the vast majority of classroom robots end up being little more than toys made to drive to and fro or side to side without really providing an opportunity for any scientific exploration and learning. When selecting robotic products to introduce in the classroom, it is important to look at the overall educational value of the system—particularly with regard to how it can be used to promote scientific exploration and learning together with the application of mathematic principles.

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Topics: STEM, Robotics

Honoring the Moon Missions and Inspiring Tomorrow's Scientists

Posted by Jim Christensen on Tue, Sep 10, 2019

This year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. While it is easy to focus only on Apollo 11, this celebration of human achievement actually began in a somber way when we commemorated 50 years since the loss of the Apollo 1 crew, which occurred back in January of 1967. We moved on to remembering the first manned Apollo 7 mission from October 1968, and the audacious Apollo 8 flight to the moon in December of that same year. Apollo 9 cleared the way by testing the lunar lander in Earth orbit in March of 1969. Apollo 10 proved our ability to rendezvous in lunar orbit in May, which all led to the big event on July 20, 1969 when humans first set foot on the moon.

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Topics: STEM

15 YouTube Channels to Promote Curiosity in STEM

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Aug 29, 2019

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is one of the biggest education trends of the decade. With an estimated 2.4 million STEM jobs that were unfilled by the end of 2018, it’s more important than ever to promote curiosity in these subjects so students will choose valuable STEM careers.

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Topics: STEM

Teaching Climate Change in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 8, 2019

Teachers try to balance many different elements while planning lessons. Content standards, interest level of students, high levels of rigor, prior knowledge, and empowering and engaging student learning all play a role as teachers are determining how to structure a lesson. As teachers think about increasing relevance in the classroom and applying critical thinking strategies, they can look no further than the current debate about climate change in our world—a topic that meets most, if not all, of the criteria listed above.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM


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