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Increasing Science Understanding Outside of the Classroom

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on February 02, 2018

 

Figuring out the mechanics behind the bottle-rocket, testing the solutions that made a volcano erupt, and exploring entomology through various bug collections were just some of the top science exploration activities many can recall growing up and they all have had a profound impact science understanding. These three staple activities, however, are not the only ways that students have access to real-world experiments during the new age of 21st Century classrooms and advanced technology. 

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Topics: project-based learning experiments, hands-on learning, STEM learning, problem-solving

How Makerspace Has Positively Impacted Student Engagement

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on January 26, 2018

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Do you want to help your students become more engaged in STEM education? Many teachers are finding student engagement can greatly increase when they are part of a makerspace environment. Makerspace is a term that is used in a variety of environments as a way to create an authentic learning experience. By definition, makerspace means 'student-centered learning'. A classroom may be set up with different makerspace workstations, or social spaces, where students create, brainstorm, share, and learn through hands-on learning. Through this form of learning, teachers partner with students to help direct their education and find solutions through their own problem-solving. 

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Topics: makerspace, hands-on learning, STEM learning, problem-solving, authentic classroom

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