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53 teachers from West Sound and Mid-Columbia STEM Network participated in two after-school sessions, learning how to effectively implement K-2 Energy Storytime STEM-packs in the classroom. Everyone enjoyed the captivating story The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and had fun building their windmill. Teachers collaborated in Zoom breakout rooms to think about how we use electricity in community places, inspired by Daisy, a young girl riding around her town on the back of her dad’s motorcycle, in the book My Papi has a Motorcycle.  Feedback from the teachers showed how confident they now are to implement STEM with their young...

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Science educators from around the country joined local organizations to offer science demonstrations and activities to hundreds of Pittsburgh-area students at the Hands-On Science Showdown. This one-of-a-kind program was held on the Ninth Street Rachel Carson Bridge Sept. 14, 2022. More than 1,400 science and technology museum professionals were in Pittsburgh for the ASTC annual conference, held this year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from Sept. 11-15, with many of the organizations participating in the event. Hundreds of students in grades two through eight attended this free event that was also open to the public. The event featured...

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Look at the large amount of research as revealed in the article, “Math in the Early Years, A Strong Predictor for Later School Success,” published in The Progress of Education Reform, October, 2013.  Just to cite one piece of research in that list, Dr. Greg Duncan in “School Readiness and Later Achievement” writes about his discovery that “early math concepts, such as knowledge of numbers and ordinality, were the most powerful predictors of later learning.”  Early mathematical understanding not only predicts later success in mathematics through high school, but also predicts later literacy achievement even better than early literacy skill...

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Iowa second grade students have a great time engaging with Storytime STEM-packs. Their passionate teacher creatively implements the activities and adds extensions, challenging her kids to make connections across content areas. Storytime STEM-packs have arrived: The kids have fun unpacking the boxes, looking forward to using all the cool materials in them.  On the Construction Site - The Story: Children are getting into the story, practicing their active listening skills.  On the Construction Site - Explore: Children act as engineers as they consider available materials and agree on a plan to build a house for the bear family.​  On the...

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  Educators across Iowa are combining Storytime STEM-packs with Bee-Bot to develop STEM and computer science skills in PreK-2 students via children's literature. In an initiative funded by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and their STEM Scale Up Program to enhance the STEM skills of Iowa students, Iowa educators apply for grants to purchase Storytime STEM-Packs for their classes and libraries. Terrapin partners with Storytime STEM-packs to include-Bots in Storytime STEM Adventures.  Storytime STEM-packs are based on a popular children's book and contain all the materials needed for a variety of STEM activities to bring the story to life. Using the storybook as context,...

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