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    4 Ways to Include English Learners in STEM

    July 12, 2018

    Almost every afterschool setting should be prepared to support students and families whose first language is not English. Although there are many factors to consider when working with English-language learners, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to help you prepare yourself and your program to welcome and include ELL's. 

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    Summer Learning Memories

    July 3, 2018

    “Summer experiences and out-of-school time should be embraced as opportunities to not only help put children on more equal footing when they return to the classroom but to empower youth so that they return with improved self-esteem and have more positive experiences within the school community,” reports Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director and senior research scientist of the

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    Confessions of a Summer Camper

    June 19, 2018

    Preparing for the June Webinar, What Can We Learn from Summer Camp?, make me reflect a lot on my own experiences as a camper and staff member at summer camps. In the webinar, I summarized research findings in this way:

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    Are Academic Camps Fun?

    June 12, 2018

    Growing up I participated in various academic summer camps and I can say they are some of my favorite memories. At first, like many young people, I was very hesitant to attend an academic camp. I remember thinking to myself "I want to have a fun summer" or "I don't want to do school work during the summer". However, many of my teachers encouraged me and ensured me that it would be nothing like school.

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    Designing a Memorable Summer Science Camp: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

    June 5, 2018

    It was the end of the week and all the youth put on a showcase of accomplishments for their families. Some stumbled across the stage dressed in perfect undead makeup and costumes as zombies. Others demonstrated their pop can fishing poles they designed to survive and forage for food.

  • STEM Events June 2018 and ways to celebrate

    STEM Celebrations in June

    May 31, 2018

    June is Camping Month, and it's a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Research shows that people who spend time camping are happier, more relaxed, and tend to buy more bug repellant. Need ideas for celebrating Camping Month indoors? Check out these 31 Easy and Fun Camping Theme Ideas and Activities from Teach Junkie.

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    It's Not Just about Space: Using NASA Technology to Inspire Youth

    May 29, 2018

    When most people think of NASA technology, they think of technology used in space exploration to the Moon, Mars or the most distant galaxies in the universe. But did you know NASA technologies also benefit life on right here on Earth, in the form of commercial products? "NASA spinoffs" are in your everyday life –they can be found all around you, from your smartphone and household appliances to your car and even in baby formula.