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Bridges STEM Challenge

Bridges STEM Challenge

Welcome back to Community STEM and our next big STEM challenge. Who isn’t fascinated with bridges? I remember driving across bridges and holding my breath. I always wanted my dad to stop at the end of it so we could get out and look. I still have that fascination today. This STEM lab will encourage

iMake iLearn: Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge

The Discovery Educator Network is composed of innovative and dedicated educators who are using technology in transformational ways. Dr. Chris Craft of CrossRoads Intermediate School in Columbia, South Carolina is a member of the DEN.  His project Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge is a shining example of how children can change the world using technology. What inspired

Teaching Math through Art

On a Sunday afternoon when my family finally had a free moment, my wife took us to the Woodson Art Museum to view the Walter Wick exhibition. Walter Wick is the photographic illustrator of the I SPY series, and the author/illustrator of the Can You See What I See? series.  This exhibit inspired me to think about

The Billy Goats Build a Raft!

This week on Community STEM we will combine a STEM activity with a classic fairy tale. That troll is up to his old tricks again.  He insists that the Billy Goats cannot cross over his bridge. After a brief conversation, the Billy Goats decide that they wouldn’t be breaking the rules if they build a raft to cross the stream. Your task

The Camping Trip Egg Drop

Every week we are sharing another great STEM activity that will inspire teachers and students. This week we will combine a fun family event with an old classic, “The Egg Drop.” This exciting challenge  will be introduced by DEN Star, Kim Miller, from Boise, Idaho. Students will be asked to design a contraption that will

Renowned Volleyball Coach Finds True Calling in STEM

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Tina Garrett, STEM Coordinator, Garland Independent School District, Texas Some teachers are born into education; they come from a family of educators and never really could see themselves becoming anything but a teacher. Others are inspired into education; they had a teacher who was so inspirational and so

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