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NEW Design Thinking Activity from the Ford STEAM Lab! Challenge Students to Use Empathy in Problem-Solving

NEW Design Thinking Activity from the Ford STEAM Lab! Challenge Students to Use Empathy in Problem-Solving

Design Thinking as a Strategy to Teach Empathy Searching for new ways to excite students about STEAM learning this summer? Introduce Designed to Shine in your next summer camp or summer school class! Developed in partnership with the Ford STEAM Lab, this hands-on lesson challenges students to use Design Thinking to create a prototype of

Game Time! We’re kicking off our VFT to EA Sports!

Tune in Today to Watch A Numbers Game Virtual Field Trip  Join Wide Receiver Antonio Brown, as he takes us behind-the-scenes of EA SPORTS and the NFL Combine to explore the data behind video game development! In this numbers-driven virtual field trip your class can play along as we demystify how data can be used and spark

Practical Applications for High School STEM: Navy STEM Challenges Now Available!

Guest blog by Jamie Jenkins, Manager of Instructional Design for Discovery Education   Navy STEM for the Classroom, created in partnership with America’s Navy, is a series of interactive classroom resources designed for 9-12 graders to explore the world of STEM through real Navy careers.  If your students are curious about applying their learning to

Get Off the Bench and Into the Game with Special Guest Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown!

One Week Left to Register: A Numbers Game: Data-Driven Decision-Making and Video Game Development! RUN the numbers, PASS the insights, and SCORE the skills needed to create the magic of Madden with the NEW Virtual Field Trip. We are taking students behind-the-scenes of EA SPORTS to learn how DATA dominates video game development with special guest Antonio

Bring the Magic of Madden to Life with a NEW Virtual Field Trip

  A Numbers Game: Data-Driven Decision-Making and Video Game Development! Did you know that more than 400 people work on Madden NFL every year – that’s enough to field more than seven football teams! Fun statistics are just the start of what students will learn in this exclusive look at the data that helps create

Science Fair Central

As creation and science fair time approaches, the Science Fair Central website is a rich resource of ideas for projects of investigation.  For me, it is a year-round resource for maker activities, local workshop events, and inspiration. As an educator, I was first drawn to the Science Fair Central website to participate in the Home

The Power of Student Challenges

Over the last few years, I have students participate in the Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Within our program, we do what we can to promote collaboration and problem solving, and I can think of no better way to do that then to let students take on real-world problems to solve. Most of the

2018 Discovery Education STEM Community Reading Lists

With March being National Reading Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to immerse ourselves in STEM-infused literature! Books are so important to growing a STEM mindset, especially with the earliest of learners. Books open doors and windows to worlds and experiences which many students may never have the opportunity to enjoy in

“So You Want to be a Wizard”: Early Career Conversations in the Classroom

Special Guest Contributor Andrew H. Potter As a fan of the world and ways of Harry Potter, I am often reminded of one pithy but important observation by the sage of Hogwarts, Professor Albertus Dumbledore: “Curiosity is not a sin.” In our current globalized, post-industrial, knowledge economy I often observe that the very real risk of

8 Ways to Embrace Creativity in the Classroom in 2018

Schools today are unknowingly fighting a creativity crisis. In 1966 the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking was developed to understand creativity and predict creative achievement in the future. Since 1990, our students creativity scores have plummeted, and they haven’t turned back upwards yet. The simple definition of creativity is the production of something original and

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