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LEGO Challenge Cards - The Stem Laboratory - 3 views

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    "This giant collection of LEGO challenge cards is a simple prep, fun way to sneak some STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning into the day. With cards that range from easy to difficult, little engineers will love tackling the designs. Grab your set below and add them to a classroom center, engineering activity, homeschool lesson, or free play. There are so many ways to use these cards!"
John Evans

LEGO Challenge Cards - The Stem Laboratory - 7 views

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    "This giant collection of LEGO challenge cards is a simple prep, fun way to sneak some STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning into the day. With cards that range from easy to difficult, little engineers will love tackling the designs. Grab your set below and add them to a classroom center, engineering activity, homeschool lesson, or free play. There are so many ways to use these cards!"
John Evans

The February UnSlump Yourself Challenge | - 2 views

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    "Aah February; a month of love, of reading, of waiting for spring if you in the Northern Hemisphere.  While February may  be the shortest month of the year sometimes in teaching it can feel like the longest of them all.  While I love this month for the work I can do with my students, I find that sometimes the dark nights and cold Wisconsin winters can be positively slump inducing.  Rather than dread the slump, why not do something pro-active?

    So this year I plan on doing my very own unslumping challenge and you are more than welcome to join me.  Every day for the month of February, I plan on doing something to either reinvigorate myself or make a difference to others.  It will not cost me much money but will hopefully instead lead to a deeper level of gratitude for the incredible job I have, the amazing students I get to teach, and the wonderful people in my life.

    Here is what I plan on doing"
John Evans

Design Challenge | User Generated Education - 0 views

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    "This year I have been focusing on design challenges and design thinking with my gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th. Last semester I introduced a series of activities to have them explore, learn about, and interact with design thinking principles and strategies. For a description of those activities, see https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/introducing-design-thinking-to-elementary-learners/

    To re-introduce design thinking again for this spring semester, this week I asked them to do the Extraordinaire Design Studio:"
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5 Minutes to Change Culture: The 5 to Thrive Challenge | Getting Smart - 2 views

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    "Who doesn't want to improve the tone of the whole day in 5 minutes or less? What better commitment to make in the new year than to positively impact your own life, the lives of those around you, and your school's culture?

    The science of character strengths and social emotional learning (SEL) is well-documented and quite actionable. All that is needed is a bit of intentional leadership.


    Click here to download the 5 to Thrive Toolkit!
    Mayerson Academy, a non-profit professional learning organization, launched the "5 to Thrive Challenge" to encourage education leaders to dedicate five minutes each day over the next month to engage in simple activities that will reframe their thinking and improve the culture in their school. To help get started and frame your thinking, Mayerson Academy provides a free "5 to Thrive Toolkit" that will get you started."
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Destination Imagination - The Great Graham Cracker Challenge is Back! - 1 views

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    "Get into the holiday spirit the Destination Imagination way-with a little creativity!

    For this year's Great Graham Cracker Challenge, we want you to design and create a graham cracker structure inspired by your favorite book. Your structure must incorporate at least two special features. Special features must be physical things that are attached to or associated with your graham cracker structure (e.g., extra floors, a magical cape, etc.)."
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LEGO Challenge Calendar Free Printable for Kids - 6 views

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    "A free Printable LEGO challenge calendar to use anytime during the year. Print it out, hang it up, give it to your kids. Feel inspired and taking your LEGO building time in a new direction. I have written out 31 Days of fun LEGO ideas using the bricks you have  and hopefully thinking of new ways to use some of those specialty pieces that don't see much action. We love kid's LEGO activities!"
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Mars Medical Challenge - Future Engineers - 0 views

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    "If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to create a digital 3D model of an object that could be used by an astronaut to maintain physical health on a 3-year mission to Mars. Your design must be intended to be 3D printed and could be used for a range of medical needs including diagnostic, preventative, first-aid, emergency, surgical, and/or dental purposes. While exercise, psychological, and nutritional health are important, they are not priority areas for this challenge. Retired astronaut Scott Kelly�s historic one-year mission on ISS provided insights on how the human body reacts to long duration spaceflight, but the Journey to Mars will take approximately 30 months. What health-related items do you think an astronaut will need on that journey, and why would these items require a 3D printer? It�s time to start flexing your problem-solving and design skills to find a solution � good luck!"
John Evans

How to Connect Your Students to the World with the Cardboard Challenge - 0 views

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    "Makerspaces and maker projects can be amazing catalysts for connecting your students with others. The Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge is one of my favorite maker activities to help my students feel connected to the world and see the power of making. Combine that with a Skype call with another school and you create amazing opportunities for global connections."
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5 In a Bag Challenge - Bunhead With Duct Tape: Making Learning Stick - 3 views

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    "Could you really run a makerspace that is fun, dynamic, engaging, thought-provoking and inexpensive?  Take the twice a month "5 In a Bag" challenge using only household and easily obtainable items.  Add pics and videos of your creations on the padlet, and particpate in the Twitter chat using #5inabag.  Who knows what you will come up with!"
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Summer Reading Challenge: 11 Challenges, 12 Weeks, Unlimited Adventure | Knowledge Quest - 1 views

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    "Summer reading has been a topic of discussion by educators for decades. "Summer slide," where students lose the gains they made during the previous school year, is a topic of conversation this time of year. This learning loss has a cumulative effect and impacts students as they continue to move through school. There does not seem to be one solution for this problem, but educators can agree that we have to keep trying (McLaughlin, Smink, 2010)."
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Design Challenge Learning | The Tech - 3 views

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    "What is Design Challenge Learning? It's a combination of project-based learning, design thinking and the engineering design process that develops the innovator's mindset through iteration. It's a method of learning for which The Tech is best known. 

    The lessons on this page, developed over the years by educators at The Tech, will help teachers lead their students through science and engineering challenges. They also make fun and effective team-building activities for groups of teachers."
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How to Run a Rubber Band Launcher Challenge | Renovated Learning - 3 views

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    "If you've been following Renovated Learning for awhile, you might remember the Catapult Challenge my Stewart Makers Club did last year with Colleen Graves' students at Lamar Middle School.  My students had SO MUCH FUN with that challenge, although I always felt like Catapult Challenge was a bit of a misnomer, since our students' creations included catapults, trebuchets, crossbow, slingshots and more. When I revisited the idea this year, I decided that rebranding it as the Rubber Band Launcher Challenge made more sense.  I offered this as a possibility and surveyed my students on what they wanted to focus on next, and this challenge won hands down.

    Here's my advice on how you can run a Rubber Band Launcher Challenge with your students.

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