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    Winter STEM Activities

    December 5, 2017

    The drop in temperatures and change in seasons create the perfect opportunities to teach youth about the world around them. To help spark youths' interest in STEM and support their curiosity, we've compile a few easy and inexpensive STEM experiments to try out during the winter months.

  • Marcell Walton

    Meet Marcell

    November 30, 2017

    When I was in eighth grade my family and I were driving back to Colorado, we had just finished visiting my godmother in Iowa and were well on our way. My future sister-in-law was driving and we were on some random part of I-80 when suddenly a routine semi-truck pass altered the trajectory of my adult life.

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    Where Can I Learn New STEM Ideas? on Twitter!

    November 21, 2017

    The amount of information on the internet for OST providers can be overwhelming. It Twitter a tool to help you curtail all that endless searching, once and for all? Here are some of the advantages of using Twitter as a professional resource.

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    Bullying – What You Can Do

    November 15, 2017

    Bullying is one of the most troubling behaviors that adults must look out for. Bullying can occur in both online and in-person settings, and it is the responsibility of adults to confront bullies and engage them in problem-solving, learning, and repair of relationships. Here are some guidelines from StopBullying.gov.

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    Is it Science or Engineering?

    November 7, 2017

    Do you get confused about the difference between science and engineering? You're not alone. This blog uses resources from the National Research Council's 2013 publication, "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" to help you differentiate the S and E in STEM. I rely heavily on the contents of chapter 7, which I'd recommend if you want to learn more.

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    Managing Groups During STEM

    October 31, 2017

    The first thing I often tell my new staff is to think hard about the difference between “management” and “control.”

    Managing

    Managing learning is about doing what you can to support engaged, creative, social learning.Successful managers of learning know that learning is messy, loud, and even chaotic sometimes.

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    Kids' Books on STEM

    October 24, 2017

    Looking to add a few books to your STEM afterschool program? Here are four titles I love that take on STEM topics and practices. Thanks to Kirk Robbins’ amazing blog and feed (Follow @stem_4_all) for some of these great titles.

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    Making Your Space Exciting

    October 20, 2017

    The little things make a big difference while setting up for STEM learning. Here are some things to think about as you get ready for your next STEM lesson. Here are three situations you can consider when thinking about your space.