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Webster defines a mentor as an experienced and trusted adviser. Did/do you have one? Most of us would answer yes. Think about the importance of that person in your life. Now think about how you could be that person to someone else. Some may think they are not qualified to be a mentor, but trust...
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Scott Cripps’ team, the Pearbots Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies, won first place overall in the 2017 All-Earth Ecobot Challenge. Scott attends Rogers Middle School in Pearland ISD.  His favorite class is science.  Most recently, he received recognition for the A Honor Roll, Master of the Mile, and was DUKE TIP recognized.  He rounds out academics...
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Amy is an 8th grader at Olle Middle School STEM Academy. This is what she has to say about STEM: STEM is a great thing to be apart of. It has not only taught me life skills but, it also taught me life lessons. STEM has helped me explore areas that I have never thought...
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If you’re like me (and be honest, many of you are), the holiday season has snuck up on you, and you still have gifts to buy. Allow me to make life a little easier for you and make you the greatest gift-giver ever.  Two truly phenomenal gift ideas that very literally keeps on giving are Tinker...
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Make Fake Snow This is especially fun with younger kids, but even older ones will love it. Reindeer Races You could use balloons decorated as reindeer taped to a straw on a “zipline” for younger students and student-built “cars” (mousetrap or otherwise) for older ones. For other STEM ideas, see these posts.
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This project fits beautifully as part of our list of winter-themed STEM activities and can be used with all different ages/grade levels. Use balloons (decorated as reindeer) that are taped to a straw on a “zipline” for younger students, and use decorated “cars” (mousetrap, Lego, or otherwise) for older ones. Another idea to involve younger...
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This is especially fun with younger kids, but even older ones will love it. There a few recipes for fake snow, so one way to incorporate a cross-curricular lesson is to make all the recipes and see which is the best; use charts and graphs to show results, and then write a compare and contrast...
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Bob Fulbright is the amazing educator who won the 2017 John Kingsley Kerver Educator Award. This award is generously sponsored each year by Karen North in honor of her father, a former engineer at Exxon. As a graduate from Lake Forest College and the University of Houston – Clear Lake, Mr. Fulbright has enthusiastically worked...
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Adriana Lopez is one of our 2017 EDAP winners. Adriana was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she spent the first 15 years of her life. In Puerto Rico, she participated in programs such as CS4Girls (Computer Science for Girls), SWE (Society for Women in Engineering) and AOSA (Arecibo Observatory Space Academy). Later, she...
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Olle Middle School in Alief is excitedly planning their STEMtastic Breakfast Guest Speaker Series for this school year.  Twice a month they invite a guest speaker to share information about his/her work, awareness, and education in STEM with their students from 8:10-9:00 AM.  Olle provides breakfast, and you provide insight and knowledge for 65-80 students. If you...
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