Is STEM for you? YES!

STEM is Bubblin’ HOT! A hot topic in education right now is STEM.  Schools across the country are adopting the blending of science, technology, engineering and math into topic-based units and projects.  Many educators take it further by adding art, turning STEM into STEAM.  Growing Green Hearts has been teaching STEM/STEAM for years and works […]

GGH Site Covered in the Anoka Newspaper

A Community Green Space Grows Many Things The space at 4th & Adams in Anoka was designed by Growing Green Hearts to grow trees, plants, food, and COMMUNITY.  It was great to meet Sue Austreng, journalist for the Anoka County Union Herald, last month.  She spent hours celebrating, playing, taking pictures, and talking with people […]

Arbor Month is May

Trees. Trees. Trees. How will you celebrate Arbor Month this May…Eat an apple?  Climb a tree?  Plant a tree?  Enjoy the shade?  Here are ways for classrooms and families to show appreciation and care for trees. Get to know a tree that you often pass by.  Investigate the bark by getting a crayon rubbing , […]

Preschoolers, Scientific Method & Baby Plants

Preschoolers Do The Scientific Method with Seedlings. Kids are asking great questions about plants at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool and Childcare Center in Blaine, Minnesota.  In class they have been learning about seeds, plants, and one classroom’s even growing cilantro for their classroom Bunny named Louie.  Students, teachers and volunteers are working to plan and […]

Starting Seeds Indoors with Kids…SQUISH!

Teamwork:  Some Plants Need A Boost and Some Kids Like To Squish Soil  Some of the plants we love need a longer season to produce the summer vegetables we love to eat.  Starting seeds indoors is one way to give your garden a head start. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, basil, cabbage, kale are some of the […]

Easy Engineering- Milk Carton Paddle Boat

What makes that boat go? Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream Let’s take that row boat idea a bit further for kids.  Here’s a way to learn about forces, paddle power, and engineering as a process.  When the paddle and rubber band are […]

Build A Bird Feeder

A project from recyclables that’s for the birds, really.   January 2014 will be remembered for the frigid temperatures, and also a day off of school for Minnesota kids and teachers! This bird feeder project uses recyclables that many have on hand.  It can be built in 15 minutes or drawn out to take longer […]

Christmas Card Engineering

To get people laughing, playing and celebrating in a new way my family made our Christmas Card into an engineering design challenge.  A basic description of an EDC is-  identify the problem, name some parameters, and work as a team to fill the need or want.  The requirements of our Christmas card:  connect with family and […]

Rocks Rock! Reuse a jar for 3 Easy Earth Science Experiments

Rocks hold stories. I am pretty sure that I fell in love with geology while climbing the rock on the shores of Lake Superior at the age of, well, whenever I could leap!  What I did not know then is that the slabs of dark gray rock along the shoreline from Duluth northeast bound are […]