Build STEM Skills in the Classroom – Lesson Plans Using Brackitz

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Spending time engaging with building toys, from blocks to Brackitz, has dozens of proven benefits both at home and in the classroom. According to early childhood experts at NAEYC, block play builds problem solving and strategic thinking skills; imagination and creativity; self-expression, language, and social skills; self-esteem and confidence; and so much more. But the learning doesn’t stop with early childhood.

Engineering sets like Brackitz take things one step further, introducing and providing hands-on experience with STEM skills, principles, and vocabulary including gravity, symmetry, balance, stability, measurement, units, addition, subtraction, and more.

Plus, it’s fun! Students of all ages love building and it’s an easy activity to incorporate into any classroom schedule. Continue reading



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



4 Star Wars Makerspace Activities for Kids

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Looking for themed Makerspace activity ideas for your school or afterschool program? Here are 4 Star Wars activities that will inspire students to be creative and inventive!

Star Wars Character

Star Wars Makerspace activities

Activity: Build your own Star Wars character!

Suggested Materials:

  • CD’s
  • Cardboard boxes/rolls
  • Egg Cartons
  • Fabric/sheets
  • Buttons
  • Chenille stems
  • Markers
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Foil
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glue
  • Duct Tape

Step 1: Preparing your Makerspace

  • Gather recycled materials such as CD’s, cardboard boxes/rolls, egg cartons, and sheets/fabric scraps.
  • Gather, purchase, and organize different craft materials and tools (see suggested materials) for makers to use to create their Star Wars character. Tools include plenty of glue, scissors, duct tape, and other adhesives.

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Makerspace & STEAM Learning Activity – Destination Imagination

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Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit experiential learning organization dedicated to preparing students for the future through hands-on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) and social entrepreneurship Challenges. Students work together in teams to solve one of our seven Challenges and then have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at tournaments. At the culmination of our Destination Imagination season, top-tiered teams from around the world earn a spot to compete at Global Finals – the world’s largest celebration of creativity. This year’s Global Finals was held May 24-27, 2017 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and was supported by innovative, forward-thinking companies including Ford Motor Company. Continue reading



Activity Ideas for 2017 VBS Themes

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Celebrate God with the 2017 VBS Themes! These are great for offering meaningful enrichment. Children can discover their faith with these inspirational and engaging themes. Learning has never been more fun with so many creative ways to play, craft, and decorate.

Castles & Fortresses

VBS Themes: Over the Moat & Mighty Fortress 

These VBS themes both allow kids to use their imagination and visualize a medieval time. There are many lessons that can be taught using symbols like castles, fortresses, shields, and more. Teach children that even if they do not succeed, God is there to defend them and raise them up. He represents strength and love.

Here are some of our favorite VBS Castle Crafts and medieval decorations.

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