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This post is the first installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media.

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March 25, 2017
Kacey Templin

5 Important Figures in Music History

Music Makes You Smarter, STEAM

Music is everywhere. It’s piped through shopping malls, grocery stores, headphones, and car stereos. You can enjoy anything from classical to punk rock with over a hundred genres in between. Music has been part of the human experience since prehistoric ages, but over time, it has been shaped and molded into many different forms by extraordinary people. Today, we’re taking a look at five of those important figures in musical history.

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March 20, 2017
Saleel Menon

The Truth About Fine Arts Programs: Benefits Beyond Academics

Music Education, Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEAM

Want to score better on your SAT’s or standardized tests? – Join fine arts! This is an argument widely used by fine arts teachers to recruit for their programs, or sell their craft to young students and parents. Research studies by the hundreds substantiate claims that fine arts – particularly music education – help develop skills needed to think critically, problem solve, and analyze data which all lead to an on average elevated standardized testing experience. While some can view this as an amazing advocacy of music education, I think it perpetuates an ideology that is fundamentally wrong with the way we approach the arts, specifically in education. These statistics serve to quantify the importance of arts in an objective way, which is important in its own right, but art is subjective and has unique importance aside from its auxiliary interdisciplinary benefits.

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March 04, 2017
Rachael Rufino

The 411 on Engineering

Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

Did you know that hover crafts, prosthetics and NASA’s spacesuits were created by engineers?  With National Engineers Week behind us and National Engineering Month happening now, it’s the perfect time for a blog post that celebrates the profession.

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February 27, 2017
Eric Hupperts

Approaching Educational Moments Across Diverse Cultures

STEM, STEAM

Eric Hupperts is the former Living Exhibits Manager at The Green Planet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he reveled in the land of camels, tea, and endless cultural experiences.  Previous to Dubai Eric was involved with nature-based informal science education in California, Minnesota and Utah.  Eric holds his Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology and spent time studying birds and amphibians in ecosystems as diverse as Ecuadorean cloud forests and Yellowstone alpine wetlands.

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February 25, 2017
Kacey Templin

5 Modern Child Prodigies Who Are Changing the World

STEAM

In 1761, a four-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began to compose his first piano concerto. His father, a composer himself, was astonished to find that the composition was arranged correctly according to contemporary musical rules. He quickly realized the potential in his child, quit composing and devoted much of his time to schooling theyoung Mozart in music. At age eight, Mozart wrote his first symphony, then went on to compose several opera pieces by the time he was 16.

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February 20, 2017
Cheryl Wendling

Making Science Relevant

STEM Education / Play, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

Now retired, Cheryl Wendling was an award-winning high school science teacher, with a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. Her students ranged from those with Special Needs, to Advanced Placement students, and everything in between. During that time, she also wrote curricular materials for NASA and presented science workshops at local, state, national, and international levels. Upon leaving public education, she was a high school science editor for a major textbook publisher and currently works as a freelance science illustrator

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