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April is National Poetry Month!

This month is to celebrate and encourage the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry throughout the world. In celebration of this month, we have a few lesson ideas to combine the wonderful worlds of poetry and coding with your students.

First things first… you may be wondering, “why use coding to teach poetry?”

Poetry and code surprisingly have a lot in common, and they both allow students to be creative! Students often find poetry confusing, and even scary, but it doesn’t need to be that way! Combining coding and poetry can make poetry approachable and even less overwhelming, and also make poetry fun and engaging. …

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While more and more people are getting on board with the value of STEM learning, it is sometimes difficult to determine what the best method of instruction is.

When it comes to giving students the most valuable STEM education, it is not enough to simply memorize every math formula, learn 5 coding languages, or how to use the latest robot. Research has shown that the most effective approach is to teach holistic STEM education.

The STEM subjects are often taught in isolation in most school settings. Here in Ontario, elementary school students do receive math instruction every day, but typically only have two 50 minute periods of Science & Technology education per week (and that doesn’t tell us how much time students spend learning about coding and…

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Gamification is a bit of a buzz word in education right now.

But, there is also a lot of confusion about whether or not gamification is valuable. And if it is valuable, how do we include it in our classrooms?

To start, gamification and game-based learning are similar, but slightly different. Gamification is using game elements in student learning, while game-based learning is designing activities so that game principles are inherent within the learning itself. Both are a valuable tool.

In honour of Black History Month, we’d like to take some time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of the Black community to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We’ll be highlighting five impactful Black scientists who have made contributions to these fields.

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The world used to change relatively slowly. However, over the last few years the rate of change has increased dramatically. As we look ahead to what the post-COVID world may look like, it has become even more clear just how rapidly the world can change.

What are the essential skills that we will need to arm our students with to be successful in the future, whatever that may look like? What kind of skills do they not only need for the workforce but to also navigate the world they will be living in?

Before the pandemic, students already faced a growing mismatch between the skills they were learning in school and those needed for employment. …

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In the these strange and uncertain times (i.e. self-isolation due to COVID-19), many of us are faced with the fact that our children will need to stay home for at least the next 3 weeks. In addition to that, many of us are ALSO going to be working from home for that same time, not an easy feat!

Here are some ways to successfully keep your family happy and your children occupied during your time at home. This does not need to be a negative experience, you can use this as an opportunity to learn something new (or even just rest).

Before We Get Started

Step one is DON’T PANIC.

This can be a stressful and confusing time for everyone, especially our kids! Your children may be confused or have questions, it is important to speak truthfully as is age appropriate. Lying or being evasive will not…

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This year marks 25 years since The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for women’s rights. While it goes without saying that at STEM Minds we work to empower girls (and all of our students) to be fearless learners and become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers all year round, International Women’s Day is the perfect time to amplify that message!

Despite the Beijing Action Plan being created 25 years ago, global change has been quite slow for the majority of women and girls. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved complete gender equality.

Many obstacles remain for women. Women continue to be undervalued, they work more and earn less, and experience violence at home and in public spaces. …

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Many people seem to think history is boring and profess it to be their least favourite subject in school. And yet popular culture is obsessed with historical content! Game of Thrones, Vikings, and The Crown are just a few of the historically themed TV’s shows that have gained enormous popularity in recent years.

So if people are actually incredibly interested in history, what gives? Why do people think it is boring? Perhaps it isn’t history itself that is boring, only the way some people have been taught it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back in time to…

Competitive gaming? In school?! eSports are a vehicle for radical inclusion for all students.

It can seem counterintuitive to bring eSports curriculum into schools. After all, aren’t we supposed to be steering our kids away from the screen?But you would be surprised about the amazing benefits of combining eSports and education.

Yes, video games are no longer only meant to be played with your friends for fun. Now, you can compete against people around the world!

eSports has rapidly grown to be a multimillion-dollar industry, millions of fans globally follow eSports matches both in person and online. In fact, 27…

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: girls belong in the world of STEM. We’ve always been there and we’re not going anywhere. In fact, we’re only going to keep getting more involved.

Studies show that gender diversity is massively beneficial in all industries because it provides a diversity of perspective. This means we are better able to tackle problems, make new discoveries, and make the world a better place.

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