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Mary and I are two teachers, who have been teaching science in some form or another since dinosaurs roamed the earth (at least that is what we tell our students).  Personal communications changed dramatically with the advent of an affordable personal computer.  Social media, such as Myspace, appeared facilitating communication across long distances, classrooms, age and gender gaps.  At the same time, cell phones became cheap and available.  Now there is opportunity for constant communication from a variety of platforms ranging from Facebook to Twitter to Snapchat. During this time period, we have observed that social communication has become a premier driver of the adolescent brain at the same time that the focus and effort required for academic success has been diminishing.

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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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February 13, 2017
Carol Tang

Finding the Time to Play

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

Dr. Carol Tang is the Executive Director of the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Afterschool Association, the How Kids Learn Foundation, and Artists United as well as a reviewer for the academic journal, Afterschool Matters. She previously was employed as the team lead for out-of-school time grant making portfolio at the S.D. Becthel, Jr. Foundation, the director of the Coalition for Science After School, and head of exhibitions and public programs at the California Academy of Sciences. Carol has a Ph.D. in paleontology and is the author of the Jurassic articles in the Encylopaedia Britanica Online. You can reach her on Twitter at @CarolTang1.

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February 11, 2017
Rachael Rufino

5 Education Trends Your Child Wants to be a Part of

Music Education, Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

Education methods have always aimed to ensure future generations are fully prepared to contribute to the working force as adults.  But what about preparing children to also function as social members of society?  More recent approaches to education are now focusing on developing wholesome, happy children with the ability to develop healthy relationships and persevere through the trails of life.

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February 06, 2017
Cait Curley

The Importance of Play: Gameschooling in the Home

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

About Cait: Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. You can read about all of these things and more at My Little Poppies. You can also find her hanging out with Kara at The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, contributing to the Huffington Post, and chatting about gameschooling in the My Little Poppies Gameschool Community.

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January 30, 2017
Alana Hackes

The Importance of Recess

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

 

When I think back on my elementary school years, many of my memories are tied to the time I spent on the playground during recess. The playground is where I made my first friends in school while playing games together. As a kid, I spent much of my class time longing for recess and time to play. At my school, we had recess twice; once in the morning for 15 minutes and once in the afternoon for 30 minutes. If an ounce of that time was taken away from me, as a kid, I would’ve revolted.

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October 29, 2016
Sophie Miller

Fall Learning Series Part 6: Household Chemistry

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

As recently as the 17th century, there was a branch of science called alchemy, which resembled magic more than it did science.  The focus of alchemy was primarily on transformation, such as the many famous attempts to turn lead into gold.  Alchemists believed that these transformations would lead to immortality and the purification of the human soul, making alchemy a religious and spiritual study.  While the practice of alchemy is uncommon today, this branch of investigative reasoning has evolved into one of the most widely-explored scientific studies in the world: chemistry.

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