Deborah Lee Rose's blog

10MAR
 

National Geographic Kids Engineering Challenge

Engineering in the wild

How do National Geographic explorers do research, and get such great photos, in the wild? National Geographic invites kids to try and solve the technical problems explorers face, in a new Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge.

25FEB
 

Let's Move! with STEM

Let's Move! activities from Howtosmile.org

For the Let's Move! 4th anniversary, find nearly 300 STEM activities that get kids moving, with Howtosmile.org's Let's Move! activities search engine. This week, Let's Move! Museums & Gardens invites everyone to use the hasthtag #LetsMove and share healthy steps they're taking. Watch the First Lady's ask.

15FEB
 

Girls Soar in Aerospace and Technology

National Engineering Week

To some people, the phrase "helicopter parent" means a mother or father overprotecting their child. But to John Hall of the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, the link between helicopters and families has a very different meaning. As a school psychologist who chairs the museum's education committee, Hall sees helicopters as a major tool in helping families encourage girls to pursue careers in technology. 

7FEB
 

Scientists Were Kids Too

Science biographies and STEM

Scientists were kids once themselves—kids who wondered, kids who tinkered, kids who made mistakes. Connect Howtosmile.org activities with biographies of scientists and mathematicians for library summer reading programs like Fizz, Boom, READ! and Bedtime Summer of Numbers

2FEB
 

Homeschool.com names Howtosmile.org a Top 100 Website

2nd year of recognition

Homeschool.com has named Howtosmile.org one of the Top 100 Educational Websites for the second year in a row. Science educator Cassandra Byrd at San Francisco's Exploratorium agrees totally. She uses the Howtosmile.org collection, including several hundred activities from The Exploratorium, as a major STEM resource to develop workshops for homeschoolers.

30JAN
 

Pizza Math and Science

Edible "Pie Charts"

From trendy pizza trucks to gluten free crust, not to mention that alltime favorite—plain cheese—pizza is a must-have meal for millions. Turn any pizza party (real or pretend) into tasty math and science with activities from Howtosmile.org. In Pizza Party, practice simple fractions to make sure everyone gets an equal piece of the pie. 

29JAN
 

Brainy Vacations

Science center offerings

Can you explain your brain? Excite your neurons while you learn how they work at YOUR BRAIN, The Franklin Institute's new, permanent exhibit opening summer 2014 in Philadelphia. Planning spring and summer vacations now? Science centers across the U.S. and around the world offer a huge range of new exhibits.

8JAN
 

Engineers Week February 16-22

Activities for DiscoverE

Engineers Week, now known as DiscoverE, may be the first time a learner tries a hands-on engineering activity or starts thinking about an engineering career. Howtosmile.org has nearly 900 activities that can introduce learners to engineering specialties including aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, nanotechnology and nuclear engineering.

6JAN
 

You Go Girl Engineer

Activities from PBS SciGirls

From updated science and technology content for Girl Scouts' badges, to a growing calendar of engineering-themed events for girls, future women engineers are getting the message "You go girl!" With 37 activities from the PBS SciGirls TV show, girls can take on engineering challenges like designing a piece of high-tech LED fashion, building a mechanical arm, testing a model solar house, and much more at Howtosmile.org.

2JAN
 

Nature's Balancing Act

Turning Science into Art

Turning nature’s balancing act into art is one of the most popular Awesome Activities from Howtosmile.org on the pinboard-style website Pinterest. In the Food Chains and Webs activity, learners create a hanging mobile of animal images to explore how predator/prey relationships keep ecosystems in balance.

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