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Pepito, a Blind Cat, Is So Happy to “See” Us!

Pepito is So Happy to “See” Us! We first met Pepito, a blind cat, four years ago when visiting our son and his girlfriend in Kanab, Utah.  Both Craig and Carrie worked at Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill sanctuary in the United States. Craig and Carrie have numerous

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Four Fun December STEM Activities for Elementary Grades

December STEM activities are exciting for students of all ages!  Consequently, I created several. December STEM for Kindergarten and First Grades I like to incorporate the science of animal needs throughout the year.  In December, I focus on the needs of the reindeer.  I start by reviewing the needs of

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Science Gifts that are Super Fun for Kids!

Why Science Gifts? Parents are always asking me for suggestions about science and STEAM gifts that I think their child would like.  So are grandparents and aunts and uncles!  They want to know what the best ideas are for certain age groups (all of the recommendations in this post for

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How to Get Your Students Flipping Over Fossils!

Who Knew There is a National Fossil Day™? I certainly didn’t!  When I  found out, I figured it would be a great time to have my students learn about fossils.  National Fossil Day™ takes place annually on the Wednesday of the second full week in October.  The idea is to

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Four Great Reasons to Visit Chimney Bluffs State Park!

Moe and I decided to take our first trip since Covid-19 started.  We thought we would begin with someplace near home that we hadn’t seen before.  Chimney Bluffs State Park in Walcott, New York did not disappoint!  Here are four reasons that you should visit this area! Views of Chimney

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Look for Intelligent Animals in Your Own Backyard!

Intelligent Animals:  What to Look For Animal Intelligence is the ability to learn, understand, and deal with new situations within one’s environment.  Just like humans (yes, we are animals), other animals also show signs of intelligence.  Some signs that an animal is smart are its ability to solve problems, communicate

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My First Podcast Interview Was A Lot of Fun!

Podcast Interview Fun! When Bonnie, of iheartSTEAM first reached out to me and asked if I wanted to do a podcast interview, I jumped at the chance!  For those of you that know me, you know that I am trying to branch out and embrace social media.  This is in

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Create a Spider Web: A Fun STEM Challenge!

  Observing Spider Webs Before creating a spider web, give students a chance to observe spider webs.  The best thing to do is to take the children outside and ask them to look for webs.  Tell students to observe and not touch the webs.  While observing, ask them to draw

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Easy STEM Challenge: Build a Boat

Phenomena for Building a Boat STEM Challenge First of all, what is phenomena?  In science, a phenomenon is simply an event or situation occurs.  The event causes students to wonder about it (I wish the NGSS would just do away with the word phenomena!).  Before building a boat there are

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Six Simple Ways of Teaching Science Virtually

Of course, we would all like to be teaching science as usual, with lots of hands-on labs.  But realistically, for many of us, that just isn’t possible right now as schools are teaching remotely.  The good news is that there are simple ways that we can teach science virtually. Teaching

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The Bay of Fundy is Guaranteed to Amaze You!

  Why visit the Bay of Fundy? The Bay of Fundy is one of the seven Natural Wonders of North America.  It is known for its massive tidal swings.  This Bay had been on Moe’s list of places to see for a long time.  So, to celebrate his retirement from

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