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Nikki Grabill, a third grade teacher in North Carolina, has just won the WITN Teacher of the Week award! Grabill’s nominator described her as “an inspiration to all of her students and coworkers with her kind mannerisms and true love for her students.” With her goals to foster the love of learning and build confidence Grabill has started countless projects geared towards improving her student’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities with hands-on activities.
One of her projects, the Oakwood Oases, was started by ...!-->
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is a STEM-oriented arts center whose mission is to encourage children to embrace their creative sides through hands-on, fun activities. The museum’s ‘makers space’ gives children the space they need to build, design, and construct using real-life equipment and tools. Through these activities and support from staff and volunteers kids are able to develop a STEM foundation early on while associating subjects like science and math with play and fun. Xcel Energy, a major U.S. electricity ...!-->
Sparkfactor.org is excited to announce their latest in-house project! Codenamed “Homelight,” the project’s mission is to develop an efficient solar-powered light and power bank that would be ideal for outdoor adventures, "off-grid" activities, emergency situations, and daily use. It functions as a flashlight, lantern, SOS emergency beacon, and portable charger that can provide a full charge for all kinds of smartphones and devices. Homelight is different from most solar lights and power banks because it uses an ultra-efficient solar cell and circuitry that ...!-->
General Motors has just announced a partnership with Girls Who Code to encourage young women to pursue degrees and careers in STEM subjects. GM will be offering a $250,000 to help fund after school STEM programs in schools, colleges, and community centers. Mary Barra, General Motors CEO, is intent on inspiring and increasing female leaders of the future. She believes that becoming an engineer paved the way for her career, which is why she is so passionate about promoting STEM education for youth around ...!-->