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STEMscopes Vacation Giveaway: Meet Aimee Lawson

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on September 21, 2015


STEMscopes loves their educators and was delighted to offer up $2,500 for a dream vacation anywhere in the world to one lucky winner during their latest social media campaign that promoted the addition of 1,000 new visually stunning, real-world science videos, courtesy of their new agreement with Twig Worldwide.


Now set on helping extend the contest once again in round two of the STEMscopes Vacation Giveaway, STEMscopes wanted to share the story of their first winner, Aimee Lawson.


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Topics: stemscopes vacation contest, stem vacation, vacation giveaway, STEMscopes Vacation Giveaway, vacation giveaway winner

STEMscopes Asks: Vacations—How Beneficial are they?

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on September 21, 2015



Almost every educator has experienced the following scenario—you arrive in your classroom after summer break with better focus, a positive attitude, and are ready to take on the school year head on. As the year progresses, though, and the number of papers you grade become overwhelming, the amount of in-service and skills development days envelop your schedule, and the feeling that your original plan seems to be going array builds, you begin to develop fatigue, apathy, and a general lack of enthusiasm. This is not to say that this is a reflection on you as an educator, but rather a response to the lack of time that you may find for yourself to self-reflect and wine down. 

Just how important is time to yourself you ask? According to a study done on 131 teachers titled "How long do you benefit from vacation? A closer look at the fade-out of vacation effects" conducted at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany, they concluded that reducing job-demands and ensuring leisure time relaxation prevented and reduced chronic strain reactions to job stress.

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Topics: vacation, educators, stemscopes vacation contest, stem vacation, benefits, STEMscopes Vacation Giveaway

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