Category: STEM – Science

STEM EDUCATION INFLUENCES CAREER PLANS

There’s a growing drumbeat regarding the need for improved STEM education — education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  And rightfully so. There are now over 7 billion people inhabiting this Earth — all competing for resources, sometimes creating conflict, and certainly contributing to our collective advancement as a truly global society.

Given the nature of the STEM topics, “hands-on” programs are essential — and there are a lot of good people doing a lot of good work developing new programs — but mainly focusing on high school and middle school teachers and students — with far less attention given to elementary school children.

Since there will always be a need to teach children to read — what if we were able to teach basic science concepts, at an earlier age, in a way that is engaging, taking full advantage of our schools’ standard reading and literacy curriculum?

We know this is possible — so we are taking a different path — and here’s why:

1. We know that early exposure to STEM fields strongly influences career plans.

2. We also know that character development is equally important for members of a global society — character development makes a huge difference in how children’s brains develop — and when children use positive character traits to solve problems, conflict decreases.

3. Finally, we know that when children are in a fun, comfortable environment, they learn more quickly.

So we have created a new category of children’s books — TheEnteleTrons® series, in hard copy and e-book versions — which blend both STEM topics and character education themes in a fun environment. The EnteleTrons™ are three, basic sub-atomic particles that come to life and lead young readers through adventures around the universe, teaching wholesome and scientifically-sound material.

We are now poised to expand the series, translate to different languages, and move into newer, multi-media and animation formats to enhance appeal by combining education with entertainment — and we’re excited about the broad and long-term possibilities.

Thank you for visiting Entelechy Education… Turning potential into reality through education. Contact us for ways you can become part of this expanding initiative.

FROZEN BUBBLES

Try this experiment:  On a day when the temperature is below freezing and there is no wind, go outside for a few minutes and blow some bubbles onto a hard surface like the sidewalk.  Watch your bubbles freeze hard!  If you want to try this on a warmer day, blow some bubbles onto a paper plate. Freeze the bubble for at least 1 minute. Close the freezer door and wait 1 minute before opening it and checking on the bubble. Each bubble freezes differently, depending on what type of bubble solution you used and how the ice crystals arranged themselves. Some bubbles develop pretty patterns, while others turn frosty.  Experiment with different solutions and even food coloring!  For extra fun, photograph your frozen bubbles and create a scrapbook!

 

MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY BATH FIZZLER GIFTS

 Help your child to give the gift of comfort and relaxation!

Mix baking soda with lemon juice, and a bubbling reaction takes place, releasing carbon dioxide gas. Help your child make these homemade bath fizzlers for holiday gift-giving! These fizzing little balls of fun provide your child with do-it-yourself effort to show his or her love for family or appreciation of a friend. Show your child how elements react by reading Oxygen Finds Friends together. You probably have all the materials you need already, but if not, they are readily available.

 

What You Need:
Measuring cups
Blender or food processor
Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Cookie sheet
Waxed paper
Cookie cutters or ice cube trays
Spray bottle
Epsom salts
Baking soda
Lemon juice
Vanilla extract or lavender oil
Food coloring (optional)

What You Do:
1. Ask your child to pour 1/4 cup Epsom salts in a blender or food processor.  Then whirr it to create a fine powder.  If you don’t have those appliances, put the Epsom salts in a zippered bag and crush the granules by rolling over the bag with a rolling pin… or use a sifter.

2. Next, invite your child to put the blended Epsom salts into a mixing bowl and add 1 cup of baking soda. Mix them together well with a wooden spoon.  Set aside.

3. Now add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a spray bottle that contains 1/4 cup water, along with a couple drops of vanilla extract or lavender oil.  You can also add a couple drops of natural food coloring to make her bath fizzlers colorful! (Information on natural food coloring can be found in Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating – Holiday Favorites Edition, page 27).

4. Show your child how to spray the liquid mixture onto the dry ingredients. Carefully start stirring. When the liquid is sprayed onto the dry ingredients, she you may see a slight bubbling. That’s baking soda reacting with the acid in the lemon juice to release carbon dioxide gas.

5. Once the mixture starts resembling damp sand and begins holding together, it’s ready to be molded. Your child can press the sandy bath salts into the cookie cutters or ice cube trays. Then gently tap them out onto a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper. Let them dry overnight.

6. The dried fizzing bath soaps can be wrapped in clear plastic wrap and tied with a ribbon to give as gifts, or your child can enjoy one of her handmade fizzlers in her next bath!  Make sure you include a tag that tells what these are and that they are not edible treats!

Wondering what’s so special about Epsom salts in a bath?  Here’s your answer: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/use-epsom-salts-13-wonderful-ways.html