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10 Must-Reads for any STEM Educator or Professional

Jan 13, 2021 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Hoffa posted in STEM Learning Methodologies, Professional Development

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Have you set your reading goals for 2021? There are plenty of great options for STEM educators looking for new strategies and tips! Here are a few of our favorite STEM-focused professional development books.

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The Evolution of Modern Makerspaces

Dec 23, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Hoffa posted in STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, Create and Maintain Your Makerspace, Education Technology

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Design spaces, makerspaces, and learning labs are becoming increasingly popular in libraries, schools, and community centers. These spaces create opportunities for students and community members to tinker with new technologies and engage with hands-on STEM activities. Makerspaces are constantly evolving and have changed a lot from the first modern makerspaces that were introduced in the early 2000s.

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Best practices for adapting CTE programs during COVID-19

Dec 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Hoffa posted in STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM

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Career and technical education programs play a critical role in schools. They allow students to gain relevant career skills and create access to new career paths directly out of school. What students glean from CTE, though, is dependent on the strength of the program itself, and COVID-19 has taken its toll on many programs due to restricted space and limited equipment. According to an interview in District Administration with architect Tyler Whitehead, there are many ways educators can reimagine these spaces and help them thrive — even during a pandemic.

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10 Popular STEM Podcasts for Educators and Professionals

Dec 2, 2020 3:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Hoffa posted in STEM Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM

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Podcasts can be a great way to learn new information while you are grading papers or working on your computer. There are so many out there, though, it can be difficult to choose which ones to listen to! To make it easier, we’ve created a list of 10 interesting and engaging STEM podcasts that are perfect for any STEM educator, professional, or interested listener.

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Teaching STEM with 3D Printing

Nov 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Hoffa posted in Education Technology, 3D Printing

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You’ve probably seen 3D printing around the internet, or possibly even in your library or makerspace. Have you thought about how or why you would bring it into your own classroom? Let’s start with some basics.

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