Category Archives: STEM

Science and the Sun

We are all lucky to live in a state known as the Sunshine State.  There are so many science activities that can be done to teach more about our powerful star.  Shadows, sundials, UV light, and spectroscopes are a few activities that can teach about the sun.  Science activities like these can spark interest and lead to a lot of self-discovery in children.

In third grade, we make simple solar ovens out of pizza boxes every year.  We use our ovens to cook a delicious s’more treat.  Solar ovens can be made out of many different materials that you often already have at home.  Below you will find directions for a simple oven that will heat up to around 200 degrees F. Continue reading Science and the Sun

2016 Grad Ready to Stand Out

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Kasey Friedenreich (right) with fellow graduate, Noel Whitlock.

My name is Kasey Friedenreich and I am a woman about to go into the field of engineering – a field typically male dominated. This being a fact, it makes it quite difficult at times to pursue this career choice. You encounter those who doubt your abilities, and those who overestimate them, because as a woman, I am not just a normal employee, or a normal student. I am the female in a class of males. This makes me stand out amongst the crowd. Eyes turn to me, voices whisper of me, and someone is bound to walk up to me and test my intellect. I am different, I stand out, and I never blend into the crowd. This can be good. Those around me notice my achievement more so than if a male achieved the same feat; however, my faults are also more targeted. Continue reading 2016 Grad Ready to Stand Out

Students Inventing and Creating in the Classroom

You may have heard HTEA’s Lower School Library is not your average library. You won’t walk in and find students sitting quietly with books. Instead, you’ll find students using technology, science, engineering, math, and most of all, their own creativity to design and create amazing things. After receiving a grant from Harris Corporation, a complete Makerspace was built among the rows of books. Now, in addition to checking out books and earning those coveted AR points, students are designing models, building circuits, and learning real-life skills.

How did this come to be? It all started with Mrs. Judy Houser, the HTEA Lower School Librarian. Today, she describes the latest milestone in the life of the Makerspace, receiving the Air Force Association Educator Grant to fund the research and “making” projects in her classroom: Continue reading Students Inventing and Creating in the Classroom