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Tips for Handling Teacher Burnout

Teacher burnout is as real as your favorite troublemaker student’s perfect attendance record. Today, burnout’s even more common. You know you’re overworked, you know grading 175 papers in two days is what we might call “long-term unmanageable.” You know the troubles that exist within your school and its larger district. And you work hard anyway because you care. So before …

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How to Build a STEAM Curriculum

Designing a STEM, STEAM, or STREAM (the latter two incorporating “Arts” and “Reading,” respectively) curriculum doesn’t have to be difficult, even though it might seem like a daunting task. With future STEM career opportunities only expected to grow, now’s the perfect time to explore how you can help your students develop STEM skills. So, ready to craft your curriculum? We’ve …

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Arduino vs Raspberry Pi: Which Board is Better for Kids

What is an Arduino? What is a Raspberry Pi? Development boards can help bring a simple DIY tech project to life. However, when it comes to choosing the appropriate board, understanding how they differ can be difficult. Don’t worry, Thimble’s here to help. Today we’re examining Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Both are primetime tools for beginners, despite being their own unique platforms with …

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What is a STEM Degree and How to Get Kids into STEM?

Critics agree: There’s never been a more appropriate time for STEM education. But given the expenses that come with college, there’s bound to be some trepidation behind the viability of a STEM degree and how it equates to opportunities within the global workforce. Let’s take a look at what a STEM degree is, what opportunities it presents, and how you can involve your kids in various STEM …

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How to Make a Lightsaber

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… We showed you how to make a lightsaber! That’s right, with a bit of innovative engineering, you can create something akin to the infamous blade of light. Don’t expect to be slicing through Darth Maul or going head-to-head with Darth Vader anytime soon, though… …you need the force for that. Ready to get started? …

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What is an Arduino?

Today’s lesson: Arduino. What is it? Why is it? Where is it? How is it? We have the answers. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform. In the software world, open-source indicates something that can be modified by anyone. It’s “open,” with a design that’s publicly accessible. Arduino is a great introduction to programming for young engineers. It’s simple in design and easy to …

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Easy STEM Activities for 5th Grade Students

Getting involved in STEM education doesn’t have to be hard! As STEM (or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education receives amplified attention across school districts, it’s important to understand the beauty behind STEM’s accessibility. STEM lessons or an expansive STEM project aren’t limited to older students. In fact, there are numerous STEM activities and projects geared toward younger learners. Interested in learning more? Check out Thimble’s quick …

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Why Isn’t My Child Learning Robotics, Coding, and Game Design in School? (And What to Do About It)

There’s no better time than now for primary and secondary STEM education. STEM-based career opportunities continue to grow, which means our young learners only benefit from quality time spent on STEM projects in school. So if this is true, then why isn’t your child necessarily learning as much as he or she can about robotics, coding, and game design? And what can you do about it? …

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Here’s What You Should Know About Pandemic Pods for Kids

School’s back! Sort of. The pandemic’s left schools with no other choice: Remote learning is the name of the game. Now, parents, teachers, and children are faced with a myriad of challenges. For parents, the online learning scope is completely new terrain to stumble across. With their children home all day, parents are scrambling for child care options and private tutors so that they can still effectively work full-time jobs. Teachers …