STEAM Activity for Kids – Create a Binary Code Keychain

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Combine STEM and art to make STEAM with our new Code a Keychain! For this activity, you will learn how to use the binary coding system while creating a keychains. Kids can “code” their own initials using black and white beads following the binary code. The EduCraft® instruction includes information about coding and more. This comes in a pack of 24 and is great for the classroom and afterschool.

If you would like to save and print this activity, here is an easy printable version

Age Group: 6 and upSTEM coding keychain
Project Time: 20 minutes

Your kit contains:

  • White Beads
  • Black Beads
  • Assorted Colored Beads
  • Cord
  • Split Rings

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5 STEAM Building Challenges for Your Program

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STEAM building challenge

Incorporate more STEAM activities into your program with these 5 building and engineering challenges. In the world of science, there are many ways we can introduce fun concepts that are exciting, challenging, scalable, cross categorical, and inexpensive. Your group can also develop problem solving skills and learn how to work together to complete the challenges.

Engineering with Craft Sticks, Cups, Cubes, and Keva Planks

I wanted to give our customers something they could bring to their programs within budget and allow the maker approach to take flight, while supporting their need to include high level STEAM concepts within budget. Offering simple challenges with visual supports helps instructors teach concepts in engineering, introduce the color wheel, physics, and chain reactions. These challenges were inspired and modified from Pinterest and a blog entitled Frugal Fun for Boys.

We tried these with a group of associates from S&S and they had a blast!

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5 School Fundraising Ideas for Teachers & Parents

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Parents and teachers share creative ideas that go beyond raffles and car washes and keep the fun in fundraising. We teamed up with Family Fun Magazine to share these 5 ideas that you can recreate at your school!

Find some great ideas below and download the entire printable guide here: Best School Fundraiser Ideas

1. Send Your Teacher Packing

St. Bernadette’s Catholic School in Springfield, Virginia came up with the idea to have a Surprise Teacher Getaway Raffle. Nearly half the school’s 380 students entered their favorite teachers and staff into a drawing that featured a parent-donated four-day vacation. They received over $3000 toward interactive whiteboards.

Students decorated the raffle tickets with stickers, “Good Luck!” messages, and smiley faces. The tickets said “Please send          on vacation.” Families bought them for $5 each, filled in a teacher’s name (and their own on the back), then entered them in the vacation drawing. With nearly half of school families participating, minimal work, and happy kids and teachers, this fund-raiser was truly a win-win solution. Continue reading



Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar for Kids – Keeping Students Active

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Encouraging kids to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle is a main goal of both teachers and afterschool professionals. We have seen many teachers asking for monthly fitness calendars to challenge students to stay active during the year, and even to take home over school break and get their family involved.

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create our first fitness calendar for the month of January 2018! Here is the link to the download:

Printable January Fitness Calendar 

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STEM & STEAM Activity Ideas for Physical Education

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Whether you have been challenged to integrate STEM concepts into your PE class, your school is having a STEAM activity day/night or week, or you are looking to partner with Science and Math teachers in your school to enhance learning for your students – we have gathered up a few activities to inspire you.

Why You Should Try Teaming Together STEM and Physical Education?

We have heard from many PE Teachers that finding activities that incorporate STEM are not exactly “easy”, but the benefits of doing so can be very beneficial to students. Research from our friends at Active Schools tells us that kids who get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day are more successful in school. PE Teachers that are actively pairing STEM and PE by incorporating physical movement into lessons are seeing the effects it has on the retention and understanding of important science and math concepts. Continue reading



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