Making Scientifically-Accurate Snowflakes


By Priscilla Robinson

Snowflakes!  They arrive in flurries, storms and blizzards, not to mention “Winter Bomb Cyclones!”  I’ve always thought the science behind snowflakes is amazing.

A snowflake begins when a tiny dust or pollen particle comes into contact with water vapor high up in Earth’s atmosphere.  The water vapor coats the tiny particle and then freezes into a tiny crystal of ice.  This tiny crystal will be the “seed” from which a snowflake will grow.  The process is called crystallization.

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STEM in the News


You already know that STEM learning is everywhere these days.  The term “STEM” had its origins in the 1990s at the National Science Foundation.  Since then, it has become a buzzword for all sorts of events, policies, or programs involving one (or several) of the acronym’s disciplines—namely, Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.

STEM has been in the news ever since.  Below we’ve collected an assortment of articles looking at some of the challenges, successes, plans, and controversies related to this important skill set.

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STEM TV


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Do we really need to teach STEM skills to our students?  Absolutely!  Science, technology, engineering and math are all around us.  It’s crucial to help our students recognize how these areas impact their daily lives.  Aside from the benefit of being science-literate, they’ll also develop a broader idea of the world around them.

Videos do an amazing job of explaining complex ideas.  We hope you’ll enjoy and share these videos.  And if you find other worthy STEM videos, please let us know in the comments section below!

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You Said It! STEM Product Reviews


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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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STEM Lesson


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Looking for a STEM lesson?  With all the free lessons available online, it’s not easy to determine which ones are worth your time.  Unless you spend hours in front of your computer, how can you tell if the lesson is designed by a credible, experienced educator?  Never fear!  We’ve found some of the best free STEM lesson sources.

Please let us know in the comments section below if you find other worthwhile STEM lessons online.  Enjoy!

 

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