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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 on 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

5 Project-Based Learning Activities That Will Actively Engage Students

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on January 05, 2018


STEM teaching across all grade levels can be a challenge when you're trying to increase student understanding while making sure your lessons are both engaging and demonstrate student comprehension of the lesson. 

Besides helping aid in student understanding, PBLs provide a real-world take on application of STEM principles. Spanning elementary through high school grade levels, project-based learning activities can be flexibly designed and utilized. Smart lessons, like those found in the STEMscopes suite, utilize project-based learning activities and ensure that they are properly aligned to grade level and standard while being a part of an activity continuum. 

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Topics: PBLs, project based learning activities, project-based learning experiments, project-based learning exercises

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