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

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...

November 16, 2017

I have been searching for good engineering projects for the elementary ages that I can add to my Makerspace classes. I came across Squishy Circuits article in Make Magazine. Just a few materials and kids can learn about simple circuits, which is the perfect fit for a M...

November 16, 2017

November 15th is National GIS day. It seems like there is a day for everything these days, but this is one of those days I can get behind and support unlike National Coffee Day or National Donut Day. One of the things these National Days of "whatever" does really well...

October 25, 2017

I have become enthralled with Breakouts from BreakoutEDU and have so many ideas for creating some of my own. I love puzzles and the idea of gamification of the classroom. Students love games and creating games for learning allows them to learn without knowing they are...

October 21, 2017

It's "Back to the Future Day"!. Even if you are not a fan or have never seen the movie, by now, you know today is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in Back to the Future II, well 2015 was the exazct day. While we might not have flying cars or shoes that lace...

October 12, 2017

The final badge in the set begins with the second part of the Engineering Design Process. The badges are set up so that they build on each other so you can not really complete badge 3 without first completing badges 1 and 2. Just as with the Brownie Robotics Badge 3, t...

October 11, 2017

One of the things I like about the "new" Girl Scout programming is the natural scaffolding the badge booklets and Journeys have built into them.  This is something we naturally do in education and it is a pleasure to see in other disciplines as well and speaks to GSUSA...

October 8, 2017

 The Junior robotics badge is similiar to the Brownie level badge. As this year is the first year the badges have been released, using similiar resources for both the Brownies and Juniors is not an issue. Several years from now, when those Brownies become Juniors and w...

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