Annedroids Inspires Kids Using STEM Curriculum! @KidzVuz #Ad

    I have been an educator for over fifteen years and I can't even begin to tell you how important exposing kids to a STEM curriculum centered around science, technology, engineering, and math is to their academic development.  This is why the teacher in me loves the new Emmy nominated Annedroids on Amazon.  Season three airs June 24th on Amazon Prime Video and features characters that encompass what a female role model should be.  It is through the trial and error of using science and technology that the main character builds androids with some help from her friends.     As I previewed Season 3, I immediately fell in love with the show's protagonist, Anne.  She is a genius who uses her skills as a tween scientist to invent and bring to life these androids while her besties Nick and Shania lend a helping hand.  It is easy to see how close they are to one another when they unite with their android friends to make sure that the junkyard … [Read more...]

Enter Your Child In The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge! @DE3MYSC #STEM #Ad

    It's so important for students to have opportunities in the STEM fields and be able to have hands-on experiences with the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  These types of engaging investigations inspire children in the areas of developing technological advances and healthy competition.  As a middle school educator, I have had the chance to see first-hand the learning and connecting that takes place when students are exposed to a well-rounded curriculum such as this.     Recently, I had the opportunity to help my son with his sixth-grade science project which focused on simulating the Rock Cycle using melted crayons in various stages.  It was inspiring to see the look of joy on his face as he progressed through the phases of his experiment and was able to prove his hypothesis.  Being an educator, I realize that these experiences allow students to bridge the gap between their prior knowledge and the conclusions that they draw.  It certainly promotes a … [Read more...]

Our First Science Fair Project! #Education #STEM

    I've never been very good at Science.  As a matter of fact, I had to take the Biology Regents in high school a few times before I finally passed it.  As a result, I have been dreading some of the science projects that I knew my son would have to complete now that he is in middle school.  This week, he had to submit his first science fair project and we spent a lot of time choosing just the right activity that we could do here at home.     We finally settled on creating a simulation of the Rock Cycle using crayons.  It might sound like this is an easy project but, in all actuality, it is quite detailed and aimed at simulating how Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic rocks are created in nature.  I actually learned a lot myself about this process as I assisted my son through all of the steps.     Since Sedimentary rocks are compacted and cemented together from sediments, we used crayon shavings that we pressed together in aluminum foil to create them.  We then went on to … [Read more...]