Space Race

The Soviet Union’s jump-start to space exploration, with the launching of Sputnik in 1957, left egg on America’s face and galvanized the Space Race that would last between the two nations well into the next decade. I was just two years old in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy announced, “I believe that this nation […]

From Dream to STEAM: Guided STEAM Learning Through Play

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What started as a dream has become a reality! One short year ago, our campus, Lawson Early Childhood School, began its journey from Dream to STEAM. Our campus recognized the growing need to provide uniquely designed STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) experiences for our 3, 4, and 5 year old students and began imagining […]

Chicagoland: Science, STEAM, and Sheer Awe

Rain collection stations for fully functioning aquaponic workstations, along withcamera equippedbird houses A hallway designed with RGBOYV for studying purposes, along with monitors that are reporting outdoor temperatures and scientific data The tour also included a new STEAM lab and was loaded with students talking about their daily experiences. In all, three amazing days this […]

How Lightning Taught Me to Love Science: Adults and Children Must Learn Together

When I was little, I was afraid of thunder and lightning, and you can be sure there was plenty of that in Northern Ohio, where I grew up. Lake effect storms were common, coming down as rain or snow. As I cowered from a storm, my father bid me come to the screen door to […]

Brain Hacking 304: Why Every Educator Needs To Know How The Brain Learns


I recently watched a TEDx Amsterdam Talk by Sandra von Aalderen “Teachers, know your brain!” and it inspired me to create the infographic below. With the recent developments in the fields of neuroscience and how it affects learning we, the educators, have a unique opportunity to help students leverage the knowledge of how the human […]

Teaching Common Core By Teaching Environmental Science

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April 22nd is Earth Day. I’ll be spending it in my daughter’s elementary school, helping to coordinate an all-day “Science Day” for a building full of eager kindegarteners through third graders. It wasn’t until I had kids and started looking at their curriculum that I began to wonder how key ideas and concepts could be […]

What is Inquiry Based Science Curriculum?


With so many different approaches to teaching science, sometimes curriculum can be mystifying to parents and novice teachers. This is a brief overview of the inquiry science model and how it fits into today’s science standards. Inquiry based science teaching is a way to frame science topics and questions so that students are driven by […]