STEPHANIE ERICKSON 
M.S. Educational Technology

former geologist. blogger. freelance writer, researcher. educator. physical science teacher. technology integration specialist, science nerd. #sciencerebel 

MUSINGS ON STEM, EDUCATION AND BEYOND

May 4, 2018

"New Hampshire gets earthquakes?" was a common question today as we dove into day 3 of Natural Hazards. Today was also not the day to wear a dress, as I got down on the floor to demonstrate P and S waves. I wish I had thought to have the students videotape me but here...

March 21, 2018

I ran a Harry potter themed Escape the Classroom game last night, "Escape from Gringotts". I spent way too much time creating all the props and clues but my effort was DEFINATELY not in vain! Now, I do have to mention that it has been several years since I read the Har...

February 21, 2018

We have jumped full on into maple sugaring season here in New Hampshire. Three years ago, we began tapping some of the maples on our property as an experiment. Our previous property had very few maples, and the ones we did have were only saplings. We began with approxi...

February 15, 2018

I have spent the past 6 weeks running Escape the Classroom events at the local Makerspace, with my Girl Scout Troop, and for my nieces and nephews for Christmas. While I rejuvenate my creative juices and design more games, check out these great photos from the past gam...

February 11, 2018

I recently started running Escape the Classroom/BreakoutEDU games at the local Makerspace. I find with all my lessons and activities I can not leave things as they are originally written. I started with the Mad Engineer's Heist game from BreakoutEDU but what I ended up...

February 9, 2018

Did you know, the floor of Boelter Hall at UCLA has a coded message in binary code?  I started looking for ways that binary code was used in "real life" or ways binary was used in cryptology and I came across an article about the floor of Boelter Hall. The message in t...

February 9, 2018

I recently covered an Engineering Technology class and was asked to teach them my lesson on Binary Code to a group of 5th graders. I love filling in at this school because they really allow me to use my strengths and dig into my bag of tricks. I havent taught this less...

December 8, 2017

I am always looking for means and methods of merging my two sides, the engineer and the Girl Scout. One isn't mutually exclusive of the other but I find I am either working on Girl Scout curriculum or STEM curriculum and not often merging the two.  I think that a Break...

December 8, 2017

A colleague, Jess Oltman (@techwithmso), and I presented last week at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference on our experiences using GIS in the classroom. You can check out our presentation here. We had a few technical difficulties, because why wouldn't you at a...

November 17, 2017

I recently began working on some lesson plans specific to New Hampshire Geology. I came across this great lesson plan created by Plymouth State University called the "Beyond Granite: The Geology of Adventure". What I like about this lesson is that it takes a twist on t...

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