Kiwico Yummy Crate Review

Kiwico Yummy Crate Review

I am a believer in KiwiCo and their innovative STEM box for kids products and subscription crates.  They makes science kits and toys that are fun and educational. Recently, they expanded their monthly box project offering to include a new area to explore – COOKING! This subscription box is focused on cooking and food.  I…

9 Of The Best Slime Toy Sets For Top Scientific Play

9 Of The Best Slime Toy Sets For Top Scientific Play

Kids love playing with slime! It’s a sticky, gooey, gloopy mess – and it can also be a wonderful science lesson! Slime laboratory kits can provide young scientists with (very messy) hands-on experience of a wide range of scientific principles. Through fun and safe experiments, they can learn about polymers, viscosity, density, cohesion, the scientific method, and…

How necessary is STEM really?

How necessary is STEM really?

Hearing about STEM programs being incorporated into schools is nothing new, though I still frequently encounter districts that don’t have any STEM initiative in place. That doesn’t alarm me at first glance. See, I have also worked with schools who have a set-aside STEM time one day each week, and with schools who have a…

20 of The Best Space Books for Kids in 2019

20 of The Best Space Books for Kids in 2019

I think it is outstanding that children are getting interested in outer space again. For too long, the idea of exploring our universe seemed like it had stalled, and with it so did our interest in the stars. But now we are on the cusp of a new generation of astronauts heading off into the…

35 Stellar STEM Books For Summer Satisfaction

35 Stellar STEM Books For Summer Satisfaction

A summer reading list containing exciting STEM books with great stories and authentic problems to solve may inspire kids to want to read more this summer. STEM principles incorporate four subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math. For some, these are fun subjects, but for other students, it may be difficult and daunting topics. Here is…

Houston, We Are Go for Launch

Houston, We Are Go for Launch

When I was little I dreamed of traveling to space and touching the stars.  My father would wake us up in the middle of the night to hike through the woods or walk along the dirt road to see the meteor showers put on a late night show for us.  We would come back home…

Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Every year for the past twenty the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team (STA EVT) has built a new vehicle from the ground up to give our students the best engineering experience a high-schooler can get. The internationally recognized program started in 1997. My fellow moderator Mark Westlake and I believe in the importance of…

Get Young Minds Wired for Science

Get Young Minds Wired for Science

The first time that I was asked to teach a workshop it was on the subject of science. The conference organizer said, “let’s get young minds wired for science by introducing the need for a science center in the preschool classroom.” The venue was an annual conference that provided training hours for preschool teachers. While I…

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