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What is STEAM, and should I be using it in my teaching?

During the Christmas of 2002, my sister opened a small gift from my father that perfectly exemplifies his attitude for life. It was a 3-inch cardboard guitar that he claimed was “dehydrated”. My sister looked at him with a quizzical glance, rolled her eyes, and set it down. He quickly got up and rushed out …

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Student Atlas of Oregon – FREE Homeschool Geography Resource

At a recent STEAM training, we got the most amazing FREE geography resource – Student Atlas of Oregon. How come we didn’t know about it before?  It is perfect for all us Oregon (and even non-Oregon) homeschoolers.  And even after I searched about the atlas, there really isn’t much about it.  It is a hidden …

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iNaturalist – easy Citizen Science for Kids

Imagine you are out and about on a family adventure.  Suddenly one of the kids finds a crazy cool bug.  Never seen one like that before!  What is it?  Do they usually live around here?  Wow, I sure wish there was a website where I could record that I saw this amazing insect and maybe …

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What is Citizen Science – and Why You Should Get Out and Do It!

Yay Yay for Citizen Science Day! Coming up on April 14th is Citizen Science Day!  I just know you have had it marked down on your calendar for MONTHS and MONTHS! Wait… you haven’t?  You’ve never even heard of it before??!  Well, we will fix that right up. What is citizen science? Let’s back up …

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Your STEAM Lessons Stink – and How an El Camino Can Fix Them

Ok, let me see…. STEAM. Silly Teachers Eat All Morning.  — Nope. Some Teenagers Ears Are Moldy.  — Definitely not. Should Toddlers Earn American Money.  — That’s debatable, but probably not what STEAM stands for. STEAM means many things to many people.  To most of the world, STEAM is that thing fogging up the bathroom …

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Teaching Problem Solving Skills to Kids

This post was originally published over with our friends at Rolling Prairie Readers.  Me: Siri, why is my VCR not working? Siri: Did you try throwing it away and going digital? __Maybe I’ll try Google. __ Me: Google, why won’t my VCR work? Google: Because you are stuck in the 80’s.  Try Netflix or Amazon. …

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Teaching Kids the Scientific Method

Have you ever put together a piece of furniture using instructions that were translated into English by someone who learned to speak English by reading a Sports Illustrated magazine from the 70’s?  Talk about confusing!  To many people, this is what they feel like when trying to read and use science. In a previous article, …

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