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Is MBot Neo a Good Fit for You and Your Students?

What is mBot Neo? When Makeblock approached me about reviewing the mBot Neo, I was intrigued. In my last couple of years of teaching, when I was STEM Lab Coordinator, “coding” was starting to emerge in elementary schools. My students participated in Hour of Code programming challenges and used Scratch

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Pollinator Week: 8 Fun Activities for You and Your Students

    National Pollinator Week is celebrated worldwide each year in June.  The timing of it doesn’t coincide well with the school year.  What is essential is that we teach kids about pollinators and their importance.  Here are eight activities that will help you do just that!  Pick out a

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21 Fun Forensic Science Activities for Kids

    Once in a while, we are asked to review a book and possibly blog about it.  Forensics for Kids: The Science and History of Crime Solving with 21 Activities, written by Melissa Ross, is one of those books.  This forensic science book is the inspiration for this post.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

  Millions of people visit the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York each year. In our opinion, there is no better time to go than in the fall when the leaves change color! Why Do Leaves Change Color In The Fall?  Leaves start to change color in the fall because

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5 Benefits of Using Anchor Charts in the Science Classroom

    Before I taught in an elementary science lab, I taught special education and second grade.  I used anchor charts in both of these settings.  Naturally, I would use this beneficial tool in my science/STEAM lab.  Science concepts can be particularly difficult and complex, so having anchor charts is

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Top 10 Science YouTube Channels for Kids

    Science is an essential part of learning in school. It helps kids understand how things work and why they happen. YouTube channels help with this! I find that most students actively watch and listen when videos are shown. They often help students visualize things that they otherwise couldn’t.

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5 Saguaro Cactus Science Fun Facts We Learned on Our Trip

    Recently, we traveled to Arizona and Visited Saguaro National Park. Everywhere in the park, there were saguaros (pronounced “suh-wahr-oh”) as far as the eye could see. Did you know that saguaros are among the oldest living things on Earth? These giant cacti have been around for millions of

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3 Easy DIY STEAM Toys that Students Can Make in Class

Why STEAM Toys? Research is showing that kids need STEAM Toys. STEM is becoming increasingly relevant as the world delves deeper into this techno-centric era. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8% increase in STEM occupations by 2029, over other careers at only 3.7%. Moreover, an astounding 93%

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Four Paper STEM Challenges that are Fun and Low-Cost!

    Paper STEM activities are a great way to introduce children to STEM (STEAM) challenges. First of all, you have at least one of the materials. You can use printer paper, newspaper, construction paper, tagboard, index cards, and even recycled wrapping paper. Secondly, most students are highly engaged in

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