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Eleven years ago, Hurricane Rita threatened to directly hit my hometown, Houston. All of the meteorologists on every major news channel urged citizens anywhere near the metropolitan area to head inland. I had just started my freshman year of high school, but school had to be put on hold as thousands of Houstonians packed their belongings and fled the city. I helped board up the windows around the house, and put the possessions I couldn’t bring with me in closets and bathrooms, unsure if I would ever see them again.

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August 22, 2016
Kacey Templin

Empathy in Education: Why Caring Teachers Matter

STEM Education / Play, STEAM

Just as children are preparing to go back to school, teachers are starting their in-service days, decorating their classrooms, and brushing up on the semester’s curriculum. For many teachers, their job is a labor of love, and not just a 40 hour working schedule.

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August 17, 2016
MacKenzie Masten

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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August 15, 2016
Kacey Templin

Eat Those Greens! - The Importance of Healthy Eating for Kids

STEM

If you don’t have a child that doesn’t like their vegetables, you probably know of someone who does. Maybe you were a picky eater growing up yourself. For me, it was celery that got hidden under the table for the dog to eat. Today I love eating vegetables, but still avoid raw celery at every meal. As parents in America know, getting kids to make healthy choices can be a struggle, and data shows that unhealthy choices are winning out.

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August 10, 2016
MacKenzie Masten

Make Learning Fun: Olympic Brainteasers

Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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August 01, 2016
Kacey Templin

Less Is More: The Problem with Having Too Many Choices

STEM

Throughout my childhood, I struggled with math. While some people appreciate that there are fixed answers to math problems, I did not share that sentiment. It was particularly stressful for me in school when taking exams with multiple choice. I would work out a problem, and choose an answer, but remain unsure of my answer. I constantly doubted my initial choice, which would lead to more anxiety. And while I never had the lowest score on my math exams, I never did well on exams with multiple answer choices. In theory, having choices is a good thing. But in practice, it can be paralyzing.

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