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Lessons/Activities/Templates | Common Core | Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Featured Topics: Classroom Celebrations/Holidays | Featured Topics: Common Core | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics | VariQuest Tools: Trifecta 800 3D Printer | 3D Printing

[Lesson Plan] Order of Operations

By: Carman Le
March 15th, 2018

"Class, what is the Order of Operations?" My energetic class of fifth graders shouted out loud, "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!" What? Who is Aunt Sally? When students initially learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, they are taught to perform those skills using two numbers and one operation. As they progress to the next levels, they begin to see numerical expressions with more than one operation and word problems that involve multiple steps. Introduce your students to the Order of Operations - and help them memorize the "PEMDAS" or "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" acronym as early as third grade. Putting this memory into practice can be more of a challenge - so we've come up with some tips and a fun lesson plan activity for your students to drive the concept home!

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Professional Development | Academic Subject: STEM | Featured Topics: Professional Development | 3D Printing | Kinesthetic Learning | Project-based Learning | STEM:IT

Professional Development Webinar Series: Whole Brain Instruction With a Kinesthetic Approach

By: VariQuest Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Tools
June 15th, 2017

Until recently, we believed that intelligence and creativity were fixed traits. We now know differently. The capacity to learn, solve problems and be creative is hardwired into our brains – we either tap into it and nurture it, or we don’t. Join us for an informative professional development webinar series hosted by Dr. Melissa Hughes, author of "Happy Hour With Einstein", and STEM Fuse, creators of STEM:IT, where we will explore these concepts and how to infuse this knowledge into your classroom curriculum to nurture more active, engaged students.

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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Academic Subject: STEM | 3D Printing | STEM:IT

Upcoming Webinar: Incorporate STEM and Kinesthetic Learning in the Classroom with STEM:IT

By: VariQuest Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Tools
April 27th, 2017

Are you curious about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education - and how to incorporate it in your classroom? This curriculum takes academic concepts and applies them to real-world lessons - connecting students' learning to the world around them. With the 21st century job market ripe with opportunity in these fields, children can greatly benefit from developing their applied critical-thinking skills early.  VariQuest offers a fantastic solution for STEM education - and we don't just want to tell you about it, we want to show you.

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VariQuest Tools: Trifecta 800 3D Printer | 3D Printing | Trifecta™ 800 3D Printer

A Tale of Two Entities: a Girl & a 3D Printer

By: Geena Maharaj
September 1st, 2016

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of 2D art, it was the age of 3D models. Okay, maybe this story doesn't share the poetic eloquence of Dickens' silver-tongue-take on the French Revolution, but it is indeed a tale of a girl's goal being fulfilled by her grit, her moxie, and Trifecta™ 800 3D Printer.

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STEM | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Science | VariQuest Tools: Trifecta 800 3D Printer | 3D Printing | Trifecta™ 800 3D Printer | Kinesthetic Learning

Cover Next Generation Science Standards with Help from VariQuest

By: Geena Maharaj
November 12th, 2015

I remember how fascinated I was by Morse code when I first heard about it as a young fry. I can only imagine the proverbial lightbulb (well, probably a candle at that time) that went off in Samuel Morse’s mind as he came up with the idea for nonverbally telecommunicating with others. No offense Sam, but boy, finger tapping conversations have come a long way.

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What Schools Will Gain from 3D Printing

By: Geena Maharaj
October 19th, 2015

The 80s were revolutionary in a number of ways. Big hair, neon aerobic garb, and the King of Pop made headlines. But in the realm of educational technology, the personal computer stole the show. Today, we’re experiencing a similar revolution. Setting aside the popularity of man buns, boho chic wear, and unfortunately, “Beliebers”, the edtech world is again taken aback by cutting-edge technology. PCs, time to make room for 3D printers. 

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