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

October 4, 2017

Badge 3 begins with the final part of the Engineering Design Process, sharing your design. 

Now, that the girls have plans, designed, tested and improved their robot design it is time for them to share their final design with the troop through a presentation....

October 3, 2017

The second robotics badge deepens the understanding of how robots work and introduces the girls to the Engineering Design Process. The badge starts with learning about biomimicry. So, biomimicry is when a machine, a robot in this case, mimics the actions of a living th...

October 2, 2017

The Brownie badge dives right into programing and the essence of the Code.org partnership. I am going to dedicate a post per badge. 

Badge 1: Programming Robots

Step 1 - You should start by looking at how robots operate by taking a look at some simple machines. So, what...

October 1, 2017

I was really excited to see that the younger age level STEM badges were released first. We typically lose girls in science and math between 3rd and 4th grade. This is much earlier than ever anticipated. Introducing girls to engineering, technology and the processes of...

September 28, 2017

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) made some serious press over the summer when they announced the release of the new STEM based badges. I was super excited to get my hands on them, only to be disappointed  to learn that the badge requirement booklets hadn't been released...

September 17, 2017

My husband and I recently took a vacation to California to celebrate our upcoming 10th anniversary. Now, my husband and I are not ones to sit by the pool and eat bon bons. We are constantly on the go trying to see as much as possible. I wanted to visit as many National...

June 6, 2017

I was first introduced to the BreakoutEDU concept by a colleague this past fall. I have to say, I am enamored with them. I find myself creating Breakout games for a number of units and disciplines! If you are unfamiliar with the BreakoutEDU concept, it is based off esc...

May 13, 2017

Fidgit spinners are in the hands of so many students these days. I have to stipulate to students that unless "I have papers that indicate you need a fidget device" that they need to be put away. I feel like a broken record. They have become a distraction in so many cla...

May 4, 2017

I am a self proclaimed geek and nerd. I own my nerdiness. So, it comes as no surprise that I love Star Wars. I love that pop culture has created Star Wars Day on May the 4th. Its awesome, and I will be 90 in a nursing home still using the May the Fourth joke. Just wait...

May 4, 2017

I recently have become enamored with ESRIs Story Maps. I have always been a mapper. I conducted many areas of  geologic mapping as an undergrad and worked with creating GIS maps as a consulting geologist. I even created a GIS based map of our maple trees for our "maple...

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