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How STEAM Learning makes a big impact in the classroom and the real world

Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist

STEAM Learning In honor of Educator Appreciation Week, Our Favorite Tech Teacher Has Some Sharp Lessons on STEAM Learning

Outside the windows of room C-107 is a dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing world full of choices.

Inside, is a classroom dynamic built on project-based learning – solving world problems by investigating and responding to authentic, engaging and complex questions, problems, and challenges through open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

Students and teachers participating in STEAM learning make more real-life connections.

STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) combines real-world problem-solving with project-based learning across … READ MORE

Science & Tech

Spring into STEM: How To Fortify Your Nerds with Science and Math in a Garden Classroom

kyle-ellefson-196125Dirt covered the table. Dirt covered my son’s hair. Dirt covered everything. While I wanted to be annoyed, I really wasn’t. It was all in the name of learning – and growing food in our new garden.

While trowels and compost may not seem like obvious tools for teaching science, vegetable gardens can be incredible classrooms. That day, my son was learning about the life cycle of plants while we started tomato seeds.

The best part is that gardening provides the potential for kids of all ages to learn. While my three-year-old is just beginning to learn the basics, even … READ MORE

Product & Book Reviews

What We Learned at New York Toy Fair

Nerd toys continue to trend at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.

Nerd toys continue to trend at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.

 

During the holidays we published our Raising Nerd Wish List, a shopping guide for parents looking for the best Nerd toys and books for their Nerds. Last month, Raising Nerd’s Imperfect Dad traveled to a place where those wishes come true: New York Toy Fair 2017.

For the past 114 years, the Toy Industry Association’s North American International Toy Fair has welcomed thousands of toy manufacturers, mass and specialty retailers, distributors, importers, and inventors from nearly 100 countries. The first Toy Fair in 1903 included fewer … READ MORE

Engineering Product & Book Reviews Science & Tech

How to Extend the Magic of Santa by Appealing to the STEM/STEAM Side of Kids’ Curious Minds

How to Extend the Magic of Santa by Appealing to the STEM/STEAM Side of Kids’ Curious Minds

Are your kids at that age when their curiosity has them pondering the truth about Santa Claus? Raising Nerd’s Imperfect Dad is in this situation and was wondering how much longer he could stave off a potentially harsh reality for his inquisitive 7- and 9-year-old Nerdlings. In our first-ever guest post courtesy of We’ll Eat You Up, We Love You So  blog, he decides to continue nurturing their imaginations and holiday spirit with – you guess it – a heavy dose of STEM/STEAM and Rifftrax Live! He hopes to extend the magic of Santa and that wily Elf on … READ MORE

Engineering Science & Tech

How to Fit STEAM Curriculum in When School’s Out

I Know What You Were Supposed to Do Last Summer Vacation: How to Fit STEAM Curriculum in When School’s Out
How to Fit STEAM Curriculum in When School’s Out

I admit it. This summer, I failed to print out the math review worksheets for RocketteGirl and Lightning McQueen.

I know, I know – bad dad! But, wait, hear me out.

Like most kids these days, when they weren’t at swim practice, Tae Kwon Do, or on fun trips with family, my rising 2nd- and 4th-grade girls’ summer schedules were packed with exhausting week-long, all-day camps.

Part of me regrets that I didn’t make more of an effort to have … READ MORE