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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Paper Science

While reading through the foldables my students submitted last week after the rotating STEM centers (aka Kindergarten Days), many requested a science experiment station.  This is something I have been trying to add, but have struggle to find quick and inexpensive experiments the students can complete in small groups or independently in 15 minutes or less.

Enter Paper Science!

I stumbled across this FANTASTIC resource this morning while searching for new activities for my STEM centers.  Steven Moje has written a 49 page book that is available in PDF form for FREE!  His book, 100 Science Experiments with Paper, is full of quick and easy (INEXPENSIVE) science experiments the kids can complete on their own.  I can not wait to print, bind, and debut this book with the kids the next time I complete my rotating centers!  The kids are going to be so excited!  I may also pair this book with a few paper airplane books and general lab sheets to help guide learning. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Siemens STEM Institute 2013

I guess it is safe to share that I have been selected to attend the Siemens STEM Institute this summer.  This is an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to learn from the best of the best!  You can check out the other fellows by visiting the Siemens STEM Institute 2013 Program Fellows page.  The week is full of fun trips, speakers, and activities that will build my content knowledge and resource library.  I am absolutely PUMPED to be going and cannot wait to bag my bags and get down there.  Everyday I look through the program materials I have been sent so far and try to contain my excitement.  I hope to be able to bring my experiences back to my classroom and become an even better STEM teacher for my students.  Since my class is all out the real-world and the real-world is constantly changing, I need to make sure that I am changing with it!  I will also be blogging about my activities (and hopefully tweeting) the entire week.  Stay tuned...