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Thimble Federal Funding Guide for Public Schools

Oscar Pedroso Education

Funding for Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) Thimble is a grade 4-12 standards-aligned and hands-on curriculum that teaches students science, engineering, robotics, and coding through hands-on kits and online lessons. Our project-based materials and lessons inspire students and prepare them for 21st-century careers. We believe in equitable learning for all students and work to ensure our product meets the requirements …

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STEM Electives: What We Wish Educators Knew

Rebecca Gray Courses, Education, Homeschooling, Teachers, Tech

How Can Your School Think Outside The Box When It Comes to Taking Full Advantage of STEM Electives? STEM learning has exploded to the forefront of education as the reality sets in that our nation’s workforce has a STEM gap.  There aren’t enough STEM graduates to fill the number of open positions that require a STEM degree.  In an increasingly …

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The Importance of Learning Loss and Why It Needs to Be Addressed

Rebecca Gray About Thimble, Education, Homeschooling, Parents, Teachers

The word learning loss is being tossed around by teachers, administrators, and even the federal government.  Rounds of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds have been steadily flowing from Washington DC to every qualifying school in the nation.  These funds are intended to prepare schools for safe re-entry, but also to combat learning loss through summer programming, materials, technology …

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Why A Curriculum Pilot Is Your Best Friend

Rebecca Gray Education, Homeschooling, Parents, Teachers

A 6 Step Guide to Pilot Testing of K-12 Curriculum We’ve spent countless hours carefully developing a STEM curriculum for middle and high school students. We’ve spoken with thousands of educators, administrators, and curriculum directors in our time in the education field. Over the years, we have been lucky enough to pick their experienced brains about best practices regarding the …

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Why Teachers Hate Your New Curriculum

Rebecca Gray Education, Teachers, Tech

Hint: It Probably Boils Down to Your Curriculum Adoption Process You thought you were nailing it at this curriculum director thing.  You read all the blogs, checked through thousands of reviews on EdReports, and chose the newest, trendiest, most cutting edge curriculum on the market. Ready. Set. Launch! *insert screeching brakes* Halfway through the first academic year with your newly …

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STEM Education Conferences for Teachers to Attend in 2021-22

Rebecca Gray Education, Events, Homeschooling, Teachers

It’s inevitable that teachers, like other professions, sometimes lose their edge over time.  Policies, parents, and standardized testing can dull the excitement that launched you from your college graduation into a fresh classroom.  STEM education conferences are like the energy drink of your teaching career.  Reigniting your passion for the classroom can be difficult, but these gatherings, conventions and symposiums …

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Project Based Learning for Every Age: Why PBL Works, and How You Can Bring It To Your Classroom

Rebecca Gray Homeschooling, Parents, Pillar Post, Teachers

What IS project based learning?  The formal definition of project based learning, according to PBLWorks is: “Project based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.” PBLWorks In real-people speak:  Project based learning is …

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STEM Summer Camps: The 10+ Best 2021 Camps for Your Child

Joe Wolf Parents

Summer’s getting closer (or maybe we’re just itching for some natural vitamin D). If you’re a parent, this is the time to start thinking and planning with that age-old question in mind: What’s my child going to do this summer? Our suggestion: STEM summer camps. Let’s take a look at what these camps have to offer, how to attend them …

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Want to Learn How to Code? Try BlocksCAD!

Oscar Pedroso Education

At an intermediate school in southwestern Pennsylvania, a classroom is set up like few others. On the floor, in tape, is a grid with an X and a Y axis, but with an added twist. A piece of string has been hung vertically in the middle of the room as the 3rd axis – the Z axis.  Using the entire …