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Balloons Rockets with a Twist

I feel like you have probably seen balloon rockets before now. I can remember taking fifth-graders to the gym to set up lines for our balloon rockets over 30 years ago. We set up horizontal strings and students used the propulsion of air from a balloon to zip their "rockets" from one end of the line ... READ the POST

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A Cosby

In a blacktop wasteland "Bug" is struggling to pay his bills, take care of his children, and keep his self-owned business thriving. Now that a competitor is taking his mechanic business away from him the struggle intensifies. Should he take on a "job"? I will tell you upfront that this genre is ... READ the POST

10 Must-Try STEM Challenges

I have some favorite challenges for many reasons. Students have their favorites- which are always different than mine. And then, there are the challenges you must try. I'm sharing 10 Must-Try Challenges today and will explain why for each. There is a back-story with the invention of some of ... READ the POST

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

There are times when I read a book that I know I have picked up a truly amazing, breath-taking story that will live inside me for a while. You know what I mean. The characters are missed when the book is finished. You want the story to go on. This is one of those books. It's The Vanishing Half by ... READ the POST

Designing Containers STEM Challenge

Would you like to hear the back-story of this STEM challenge we call Designing Containers? We have to go waaaay back for this story... So, the first two months of being the STEM Specialist were hard. I had no idea what I was doing! The first challenges for each grade level took 5-6 weeks to ... READ the POST

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

It is 1976 in Odessa, Texas as this book opens. Gloria, in defiance of her single-mother, has gotten into a pickup truck with a young man. She is 14. Something terrible happens and then... It is morning and she lies still and quiet, waiting to make sure the man is not awake. This is Valentine ... READ the POST