Classroom Library Support of Next Generation Science Standards

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book bins NGSSIs your school or classroom looking for ways to support Next Generation Science Standards? We’ve been having a lot of conversations with our customers lately about science education and the future of their students. We teamed up with our friends at Steps to Literacy to talk about their custom curated NGSS Classroom Library Collection.

What are the Next Generation Science Standards?
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are new K-12 science standards created to provide students with foundational science education to prepare them for college and careers. Based on the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the NGSS were developed through a collaborative, state-led process.

The Next Generation Science Standards are focused on helping students use science to make sense of real-world phenomena and use engineering to solve problems. Currently, about 40% of teachers teach real-world applications of science.(1)

Why Next Generation Science Standards?
Quality science education is particularly important to ensure that students develop a deep understanding of content and develop key skills that will serve them throughout their education. In 2015, the United States ranked 19th in science on the Program for International Student Assessment.(2) Continue reading



Educational Lesson Plan Ideas for Diversity

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Diversity is an important topic in education. Teachers and afterschool professionals can help instill an appreciation for other cultures in students. With our EduCraft® Kids of All Nations Craft Kit, kids can create and design their own paper craft based on a specific nation. There are 8 lesson plans for you to use below that go along with this craft kit. These activities incorporate the topic of diversity into subjects like Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.

Download the Free Activity Guide here for a printable version of the lesson plans!

EduCraft® Kids of All Nations Craft Kit

Age Group: 7 and up
Project Time: 60 minutes

Craft Kit Includes:

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Precut Paper Figures
  • Yarn
  • Patterns
  • Teaching Guide with instructions and illustrations

Additional Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Scissors

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STARBASE Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program

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The S&S team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are recognizing the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community. Benita Blackwell shares her experience as an afterschool professional, and how introducing the field of STEM to her students has had an impact on their lives and life skills.

I was introduced to the afterschool profession six years ago when I served a Certified Secondary Mathematics teacher in the public school system. This particular afterschool profession helped to enhance the academic enrichment with the student body of the school. With my enrichment area of expertise being Mathematics and Science, my students questioned me daily on when they would ever utilize the topics embedded in the curriculum in the real world. No matter how much I related the areas to their real world job content, I was still leaving my students stranded in an abyss, because it was not a part of the world they live in. They still could not see how limits relate to atoms and the atomic number; how basketball related to special right triangles; how vectors are associated with every sport; how mathematics can be a form of literature; how algebra, trig, calculus, physics, outliers, and standard deviations are used in the workplace (engineering, automotive, nursing, doctors, banking, accounting, pilots, scientist, biologist, designers, interior decorators, veterinarians, graphic designers, programmers, coding, architects), basketball, baseball, football, soccer stadiums and buildings, and much more. Continue reading



Top 10 STEM Designs for Your 3D Printer

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students 3D PrinterScience, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM is the new buzzword in education as all levels of educators press to refocus curriculum suited for tomorrow’s emerging technological workforce. A 3D printer enables teachers to span the entire STEM spectrum with one device. Here are 10 designs that demonstrate one or more letters in S.T.E.M. The links to each design include the .STL file download that is needed to create them with your 3D Printer!

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1) Geometry ConnectorsAdd some excitement to your Geometry lesson! Use these geometric connectors with quarter-inch dowel rods to make shapes like a icosahedron, tetrahedron, and cube come to life. Continue reading



Science Projects for Seniors

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seniors science projectA science club for senior nursing home residents? What a great idea!

I came across an article about health and had to share what I read with our customers! It discusses the award winning program, Science for Seniors, which placed first place for best practice from the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals. A science activity for seniors makes so much sense because science is engaging, fun, and thought provoking.

The article encourages activity directors to explore incorporating science into their programs in four steps: introducing a topic, presenting fun facts, watching a video on the subject and conducting an experiment with residents. The activities, coupled with the experiment, will engage residents and stimulate their minds. You’re never too old to learn something new! For example, you could plan a science day or series of events around the subject of Plumbing.

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