Category Archives: Project Based

Our Latest RECON Campaign

 It’s been over a year since I last posted about RECON (Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network). From the project web site: “Have you ever wondered what’s found in the outer reaches of our solar system? It turns out many, … Continue reading

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Close Reading? OK, How About Close Doing?

           “Reading” Sebastien Wiertz Close reading is one of the “strategies du jour”. From the Common Core State Standards in ELA: 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from … Continue reading

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Student Tissue Paper Balloon and High Altitude Launches At The Great Reno Balloon Races

In an earlier post I quoted a press release that stated that 900+ students and teachers would participate in the Great Reno Balloon Race, Tissue Paper Balloon Launch Day. A last minute surge of participants put the number closer to … Continue reading

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Tissue Paper Hot Air Balloon Construction and Launching

Tissue paper hot air balloons are one of those powerful STEM learning experiences that lend themselves so well to being cross-curricular. There are the construction aspects that include measurement (length & angles for example) and skills like cutting with scissors … Continue reading

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Send Your Students’ (and anyone else’s) High Hopes Up High

Note: If after reading this post you decide to participate leave your “High Hopes” Here.  Doug Taylor and I started the High Hopes Project back in 2010, when we were both teaching 4th grade. Doug had seen this article about … Continue reading

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Nevada Tahoe Teacher STEM Institute

3 weeks ago we participated in the Nevada Tahoe Teacher STEM Institute. Over 50 K – 9 teachers from all over Nevada came to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, for … Continue reading

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Why should education leaders embrace digital technologies in their schools?

Why should education leaders embrace digital technologies in their schools?  1) If you are in a state that adopted the “Common Core State Standards” (CCSS) you really don’t have a choice. There are many (yes many) English Language Arts standards … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe Launch … Messy and Worth It – The Short Version

So after last week’s debacle … we learned to be patient and wait for better wind conditions. Here’s the short version of what happened. We inflated on the beach at DL Bliss State Park:   Paddle boarded the balloon out where the … Continue reading

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Ball Chain Inquiry – STEM

Yeah, I know. Ball chain inquiry? Ball chain is that chain that keychains and the like have been made out of for years. I’ll bet some of you have seen this before – there are several videos online and “Mythbusters” … Continue reading

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Even Saturday Afternoon We Are 3D Printer Building

Yes, we we’re back at it today. Not everyone could make it, but there we’re 14 –  3D printers under construction today. A few folks even finished and got theirs printing. Some of us have missed possible work days so … Continue reading

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