4 Phenomena to Explore this Fall

Weird, Wonder-Filled Science Happenings for Kids this Fall Autumn has arrived! Celebrate natural changes by investigating these 4 happenings (phenomena) with children.  Lead with exploration of a leaf pile, a hike, unstructured time with loose parts such as leaves, crisp fall air, dried grasses, squash and frosty grass. Emphasize the use of our senses. Collect their observations. […]

Green Hearts Growing in National Parks

In Search of Amazing Creatures and Climate Change Features in Northern National Parks… Growing Green Hearts is Hitting the Road! @GrowGreenHearts #growinggreenhearts July 16th through August 1st of 2017, Growing Green Hearts will hit the road passing though 5 states, hiking natural spaces, and visiting 3 major national parks: Olympic, North Cascades, and Glacier. From haystack […]

Roots!

  Do all plants have the same roots?  Tulips are well known for their bulb (bulbous) roots.  Each spring, I first notice flowers from bulbs like the crocus, then daffodils, followed by tulips and hyacinth.  Green shouts of onions and garlic are now up, too.  Keep an eye out this spring for the unique flowers […]

Gammålgarden Museum hosting eSTEM Faith & Science Saturdays

  Nature Play Workshops @ Gammalgården Museum Gammelgården Museum of Swedish heritage in Scandia, Minnesota has teamed up with Growing Green Hearts to talk Christian faith & science in an amazing outdoor setting.  Designed for people of all ages, especially families, together we will… »Play outdoor games, team challenges, and environmental Science, Technology, Engineering & Math to connect Swedish […]

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 […]

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 […]