You Said It! STEM Product Reviews


You Said It! Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Newsletter

STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a curriculum driven by problem solving, exploration, and discovery while incorporating technology and engineering into the teaching of science and mathematics.

Educational Innovations carries a number of products that fit perfectly into the STEM classroom.  These materials promote exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage themselves to discover the solution to the situation or problem at hand.

If you have a favorite STEM experiment or product, please let us know in the comments section below!

 

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How to Throw a Science-Themed Birthday Party


by Linda Dunnavant

Most kids find the idea of science thrilling.  It conjures up images of potions, explosions, and top-secret laboratories.  When I asked my son what kind of birthday party he wanted this year, he eagerly exclaimed, “A science party!”  That night, I was taken aback when I Googled science birthday party ideas.  Many of the suggestions seemed far too adult-led and complicated—not to mention expensive!

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Top 5 Things You Should Know about NGSS


priscilla-wells-robinsonby Priscilla Robinson

Empowering Performance

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) had a strong presence at the 2016 NSTA Science Conference held this past March in Nashville, Tennessee.  The conference theme was “Empowering Performance” and that’s the foundation upon which the NGSS standards are balanced.  Enthusiastic keynote speeches empowered teachers to help their students “Change the World!”  Educators dashed to workshops and the exhibit hall in search of solutions that will help them understand, implement and survive this rising tide of new science learning standards.  Presently, with 19* states and the District of Columbia already on board with the NGSS adoption, updated standards are making their way into classrooms across the nation.

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Summer Science Humor


Educational Innovations Newsletter - Humor

Relax!  School is out and it’s time for some fun. Pour yourself an ice-cold lemonade, get settled into your favorite chair (or hammock) and enjoy our sizzling collection of summer science humor.  You might also get a kick out our UV Light humor page, from a previous issue of our newsletter.

If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, we invite you to share it as a comment below.

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Nana’s Halloween Bag of Science Tricks


priscilla-wells-robinsonby:  Priscilla Robinson

Autumn is such a magical time of the year.  Leaves change and landscapes are transformed with flaming red, vibrant gold and jolly orange.  It’s almost magical: pumpkins start to appear on porches and black cats, scarecrows, and goblins stand ready to greet passersby.

Yesterday, as I sat sipping my coffee, transfixed on the seasonal changes of the Portland skyline and surrounding hills, my iPhone awakened with a familiar ring.  It was Henry, my three-year-old grandson in Seattle.

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