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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

Top Five Places for Science Adventures according to STEMscopes

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on August 13, 2015


Summer is at its peak and with it the many vacations of people taking time off from the hustle and bustle of daily life. For educators, this is the time to get a much-anticipated break before the new school year starts. With so many destinations to choose from, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go and what to do—but that's nothing a little science can't solve.


Here are the top five places for "Amazing Science Adventures" around the globe:

Bioluminescence, Costa Rica: Enjoy a mystical biological adventure in Costa Rica's Nicoya Gulf, near the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula, where nighttime kayaking tours allow you to see the bioluminscent nature of the diverse marine animals and microbes that make their homes in the brilliant waters.

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Topics: engineering, science, STEMworld, adventure, vacation, stemscopes vacation contest, stem vacation, vacation giveaway, stem vacation getaway

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