Why eSTEM at church?

  Stop the Vacation on Vocation: Do Science Literacy at Your Church By Heidi Ferris, Growing Green Hearts, LLC How can we lift up church youth leadership and empower youth in using their stories, relationships, vocational call, science knowledge, and problem-solving processes together at church? Let’s start with one of the most defining gatherings of […]

Gone Fishin’ Engineering Design Challenge

Play while problem-solving… Catching a fish is something everyone should experience as a kid!   To go fishing, you don’t need a fancy boat or guide, just a lake or river spot, a little gear, bait and some luck.  Kids enjoy the playfulness of trying different materials and designs just as much as dipping the […]

Bubble Fun. Water Care.

Up, up, and away!  Bubbles are fun! Bubbles are a great way to teach about matter.  Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.  Matter can be in the form of a solid, liquid, gas, or plasma.  The bubble making tools such as buckets, bowls, wands, strainers or serrated spoons are solids.  Water […]

Learning is not a line.

Learning goes beyond classroom walls for learning is NOT a line.  Learning is not a circle or checklist.  It can jump, run, test and rest.  Learning can grab a buddy or dream on its own.  Learning can be inside, outside and inside out.  Learning takes place within a person and community, small and big.  Learning […]

Educator’s Conference Season 2016

What do preschool teachers, child care providers, teachers, afterschool specialists, and early learner care givers have in common?  For the love of teaching and learning- these Minnesota educators are committed, passionate, playful people that adventure, share, and ask great questions.  Read on to learn more about insights and observations from 3 educator’s conferences that took […]

Storytimes, STEM & Summer Sites 2015

Summer Fun with Growing Green Hearts  Here’s a sample of what Growing Green Hearts has been up to… Growing Green Hearts kicked off the summer by providing nature-based programming with MELSA libraries in May, June, and July.  Oh the joy on a child’s face when their fingers are in the cool summer soil with tiny […]

STEM Gone Wrong…and How to Fix It!

3 Common STEM Mistakes (and how to fix them) A decade ago, when “STEM” was more likely used to talk about plant parts or wine glasses than  Science Technology Engineering and Math – the idea of blending subjects under one theme was called “interdisciplinary teaching.”  What makes STEM more than just a buzzword or a […]

1 School’s STEM Story

At School:  Hospitality, Water Quality & Butterflies Where turf grass once sat, a diverse patch of prairie in front of Woodcrest Spanish Immersion School now welcomes people, filters water, cleans the air, and provides habitat for wildlife.  In the fall of 2015, five first grade teachers worked with Growing Green Hearts and decided upon a […]

7 Reasons Why STEM is Here to Stay

STEM is Here to Stay: 7 Things About STEM Today Which projects do you remember from your school days?  A book report diorama, report on a state or a science fair tri-fold.  Egg drop, grow labs, and bridges were some of the first engineering design challenges I tried as a kid but they were just […]

Alphabet Soup: STEM, STEAM, E-STEM

What is  ESTEAM?  E-STEM?  STEM?  STEM = science, technology, engineering, math E-STEM = environmental science, science, technology, engineering, and math ESTEAM = environment/earth sciences, science, technology, engineering, art, math Anna Dutke’s nature-based preschool students in the Prior Lake Savage school district are using the hands-on brains-on ESTEAM approach to playing and learning.  The outdoor mud […]