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Minecraft for the STEM Classroom

Minecraft is a popular video game that is iconic for its simple block design and endless building possibilities. It was released in 2011 and still remains popular among children and gamers. This game allows players to create and break apart different blocks in its three-dimensional virtual world. The game features two main modes. The first is a survival mode where players work to keep their virtual selves alive and thriving using limited resources around them. The second is a creative mode where players focus on building creatively using unlimited resources and even have the ability to fly. These unique features

Parental Engagement Improves Educational Outcomes

According to the National Coalition for Parental Involvement no matter what a student’s background or income level was, parental involvement made all the difference. If their parents were hands-on during their school career, they had a much higher chance of success. Many parents may not realize just how important it is for them to be actively involved in their child’s education. Here are some reasons why parental engagement improves educational outcomes. What is parental engagement? Parental engagement is much more than simply asking your child how their day went at school. Unfortunately for many parents, their interest in their child’s

Can Parents without Tech Skills Teach STEM in Homeschool?

Teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is intimidating to many homeschool parents. You might question your abilities to teach your child these challenging subjects. However, the right sources make these subjects surprisingly fun and accessible. Here’s how low-tech parents can teach STEM in homeschool.  Why Teach STEM? The skills needed in the twenty-first century differ greatly from the ones taught for years in our places of learning. We live in a technologically advanced world where job skills have changed. Are we properly equipping our children to adapt to these changes? In most cases, we are not. A STEM education not

teacher leading class in a STEM classroom

STEM Programs vs STEM Education

The schools in the United States are driven by the clock. As the bell rings to signify the end of class, students get up and move on to the next subject. STEM-focused education seeks to provide students with the tools they need to integrate these subjects allowing them to be prepared for their future in the twenty-first century. That is the primary difference between schools that utilize STEM programs versus STEM education. Why Use STEM? With each given year, technology expands and changes exponentially and our schools are struggling to keep up. We teach Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in

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