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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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7 Exciting & Creative STEM Projects

Do your kids love STEM activities and projects? Do you?!! If so, you will love this collection of seven exciting and creative STEM activities! They each include a purpose--either a challenge to complete or a project to design--that has a final project they can share with others! Plus, they all have an element or art, so if you're looking for STEAM activities, this is also the perfect list! 

What kind of projects are these? these are projects that integrate several STEM subjects (most of them integrate all four): science, technology, engineering, and math. These particular projects also all have an art or design aspect, which I love because it gives your kids a chance to be creative and solve a problem. And the best part is that these problems have such a massive number of solutions that there really is no "wrong" way to do them, which gives your children an incredible amount of freedom as they work on them!

These are in random order, so feel free to read the whole list, or just skim the titles!

#1 - This Coloring Machine at Crystal & Co is the same as a project we do about once a year...but we call it the Draw Bot because it is a little robot that your kids can design and build that actually does something without being programmed: it draws! Someday I'll write up our instructions, but in the meantime Crystal did a great job describing how it works and what you need!

#2 - The Cardboard Tube Rocket Launcher at Teach Beside Me is fantastic because it "shoots" pompoms all over the place...and my kids are obsessed with launchers that shoot things, lol! Also, Karyn, the author at Teach Beside Me, is one of the speakers at our Homeschool STEM Conference-Online!!

#3 - States of Matter & Art at Preschool Powol Packets was one of our STEM Summer Camp days a couple years ago! Make sure you have lots of room for this one and cover your work area (and all the area around your work area) with newspaper!

#4 - Explore Light at Preschool Powol Packets was another STEM Summer Camp day, and this particular post includes three different STEM projects you can do with light, shadows, and pigments! Sidenote: flashlights are one of the most amazing inventions...kids love them!

#5 - Tubular Glitter Bracelets at Babble Dabble Do would make a fantastic group project or quiet afternoon activity on a rainy day when you just want to stay at home and make something brilliant! Also, Ana, the author at Babble Dabble Do is speaking at the  Homeschool STEM Conference-Online too!

#6 - The Teddy Bear Bridge Challenge at Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten is perfectly brilliant for young children! It challenges them, but it is 100% do-able, and she encourages you not to let the kids experiment and find their own answers! Love!! She also has a little printable that encourages your kids to think about what they've done and practice communicating it by writing and drawing their project!

#7 - My favorite part of  Building Stick Rafts at Kids Craft Room is that you can do it outside so easily! Take those creative juices, and enjoy them outside!

If you've been around here much you know that I always have a hard time limiting myself to seven or ten of anything, so I'm including one more project:

Bonus: Cardboard Tube Tower from Little Bins for Little Hands! You can paint the tubes before or after you build, and then use the tower as a castle for your favorite characters! Sometimes my kids even let their plastic insects move into things like this!

If you love STEM projects and STEAM activities, you will definitely want to check out this year's Homeschool STEM Conference-Online! It has all the convenience of the internet with all the benefits of a conference! Join us for brilliant speakers, amazing ideas, encouragement, freebies, giveaways, and so much more! But sign up soon...all the fun begins on Thursday!!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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2019 Homeschool STEM Conference-Online Sessions

Have you heard about the 2019 Homeschool STEM Conference-Online?!!

Have you wondered what the sessions are?

I've typed them all up for you, and sorted them into groups based on how old your kids are!

A lot of the sessions apply to parents of any age group, so I listed those under "All Ages." The rest are broken up into Preschool/Kindergarten/Toddlers, Elementary School, and Middle/High School.

Beneath these four lists you will find detailed descriptions of all the class sessions!

These classes together are easily worth a conference ticket over $100, but we know that homeschoolers are often working with a one-income budget, so we have priced this conference as absolutely low as possible! You can get lifetime access to ALL these sessions (and their handouts, and all the conference bonuses!) for only $15!!

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Or keep reading to learn more!!

All Ages:

Why All Students Should Learn to Code
Why Add the A(rt) to STEM
What is STEM and Why is it Important?
Teaching Wonder: the Art of Science
STEM for Children of Color
STEM Contests
STEAM for All Ages
Introduction to STEM Challenges
Integrating Art into Math & Science
How to Start a Math Club
Homeschool STEM for Kids
Engaging Hands & Minds with the 5E Inquiry Model
Creating a STEM Meet-up When You Aren't a Scientist
Best Resources for Developing Your Own Science Curriculum

Preschool, Kindergarten, and Toddlers:

STEM Exploration for Preschoolers
Play-Based STEM
Outdoor STEM
How to Create Science Boxes

Elementary School:

Using Picture Books to Teach Elementary STEM
STEM in the Kitchen
Play-Based STEM
Outdoor STEM
Introduction to Block Programming with BrainPad
How to Create Science Boxes
Hands-on Examples of Simple Machines
Creative Ideas from a Non-STEM-Loving Mama
A Hands-on Method for Learning Math Facts

Middle School & High School:

Tools for Engaging Your Not-so-Science Teen
STEM in the Kitchen
Introduction to Block Programming with BrainPad
High School Chemistry Can Be Fun
High School Biology Can Be Fun
Hands-on Examples of Simple Machines
Animal Sciences for High School

Detailed Session Descriptions for 2019 Homeschool STEM Conference:

A Hands-on Method for Learning Math Facts:
This session will demonstrate a simple alternative to drilling addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. There is no need to painfully memorize. Let your child learn by doing instead.

Animal Sciences for High School:
Animals are fascinating and most kids will spend time wanting to learn more about them. Then there are those that love animals so much they want to become a veterinarian, a horse farrier, or a dog trainer. Being involved with animals requires knowledge of their health, care and behavior. Not everyone has access to farms, livestock or animal facilities though. In this workshop I will give resources that work for both those with access to animals and those without! OUr job as homeschool moms is to feed our children information that interests them and will carry them far in life. 

Best Resources for Developing Your Own Science Curriculum:
Interested in developing your own science curriculum but are unsure where to start? Maybe you are worried about your own science knowledge. Let’s explore some tried and true resources for confidently creating a custom curriculum. Tips on determining which concepts are skill-level appropriate for your learners, how to develop a unit and choosing resources to make your lesson planning stress-free regardless of your own science background! Will include tons of examples and resources.

Creating a STEM Meet-up When You Aren't a Scientist:
You know STEM is important. It is the buzz word that flashes across your screen shows up in every homeschool magazine, and pops up in all the latest and greatest catalogs. However, for you, that buzzing feels more like a bee about to sting! You begin to wonder how you will effectively educate your child without being an astrophysicist. I mean art history, ancient French, history timelines...now those make sense, what could you possibly teach your child about STEM?

Have no fear. STEM can be done without a PHD in chemistry, in fact no science background is needed. Come learn how to successfully incorporate STEM concepts into your homeschool and host STEM challenges for every kid that will get them thinking, teach the important concepts, AND be fun for everyone!

Creative Ideas from a Non-STEM Loving Mama:
Although STEM isn't necessarily a new concept, figuring out ways to incorporate it into homeschooling without it being overwhelming seems to be. This homeschooling mama used to draw major blanks when it came to fostering this part of my children's education, but not anymore. In my session I will share creative ideas for incorporating STEM in a natural and fun way... especially for the non-STEM loving mamas (like me)!

Engaging Hands and Minds with the 5E Inquiry Model:
The best (and possibly the most fun) way to learn science is through inquiry. The 5E Inquiry Model is a method of teaching science that allows learning to be driven by a child’s own wonder, curiosity and interest. Learn the 5 parts of the inquiry model along with many examples and prompts to help you develop your own science inquiry lessons. Will also include great resources that provide easy-to-follow inquiry activities and lessons to try in your homeschooling practice. 

Hands-on Examples of Simple Machines:
This session will explain why we study simple machines, what each type of simple machine is, how it is used in industrial settings, and then build one using easily available materials!

High School Biology Can Be Fun:
High School can be scary. High School Science can be terrifying! Not only are you responsible for teaching a high school level science course, but the equipment and experiments can seem daunting. In this workshop I will give you ideas for making it fun, help you find some awesome resources and dissection specimens and set you and your high school student up for success in Biology.

High School Chemistry Can Be Fun:
High School can be scary. High School Science can be terrifying! Not only are you responsible for teaching a high school level science course, but the equipment and experiments can seem daunting. In this workshop I will give you ideas for making it fun, help you find some awesome books and experiment materials, and set you and your high school student up for success in Chemistry. 

Homeschool STEM for Kids:
This class has fun ideas, tips, and encouragement for doing STEM at home with your kids!  

How to Create Science Boxes:
This class takes parents from start to finish on how to create inquiry-based science boxes at home, why it's important, and includes a PDF of possible types of boxes and what they should contain.

How to Start a Math Club:
Math Clubs are a good way to encourage a love of math in all students. They can also be used to challenge students who excel at math and to help students apply math to real life problems. You don't need to have a degree in math to start a club! Listen in to learn how to do it and where to find resources. 

Integrating Art into Math and Science:
Discover the benefits of adding ART into STEM, as well as some fun ideas to integrate Art into math and science lessons! I will share examples of project ideas, artists to study that incorporate art and science in their work, and tips to make it easier on you and your planning!

Introduction to Block Programming with Brain Pad:
I plan to explain about block based programming and how it works and resources to learn it, create a few demo programs, and then explain what programming hardware is and how we can program computer chips using a browser. You will be able to use the browser coding without having to create an account, buy, or sign up for anything. 

I'll also talk about our latest "Top secret" arcade game programming  console we're working on with Microsoft. 

Introduction to STEM Challenges:
If you’re new to STEM Challenges, or just unsure if you’re getting all the goodness you can & should from them, this is your session! We’ll cover STEM Challenge basics, best practices, content connections, adjusting for age/difficulty, practical tips, how to know you’re doing it “right”, and common mistakes. Plus, you’ll get a STEM Challenge freebie and access to additional STEM Challenge resources. 

Outdoor STEM:
This session is full of ways to explore STEM outdoors with your children!

Play-Based STEM:
Learn how to foster your child's natural curiosity through play-based STEM. We'll talk about using Invitations to Explore, creating games, and incorporating toys in our STEM lessons. Specific examples are shared for teaching science, engineering, and math through hands-on and engaging activities for preschool and elementary grades. The ideas can be modified for middle school and high school as well.  

STEAM for All Ages:
Discover what STEAM is, what it looks like for different aged children, and how to "do" STEAM with mixed age groups!

In this workshop, Amanda Brandon is going to show you how to take all of those homeschool resources you purchase (book lists, supplements, science kits, art kits, periodical subscriptions, board games, tech subscriptions, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Pinterest) and turn them into a focused, fun-filled day of STEAM exploration for you and your kids. It starts with a QUESTION and ends with memories. Are you ready to start a STEAMSDay in your homeschool? Learn how you can do this simply, without frustration, and with resources you already own! Your kids are going to love this! 

STEM Contests:
Contests can be a great way to challenge and motivate students. There are many STEM contests for all ages - both individual and group ones - that homeschoolers can take part in. Learn about the ones my own children and some of my students have loved! 

STEM for Children of Color: Issues in Diversity & Inclusion:
This session introduces STEM, why we need to look at it from a multicultural perspective, what inclusive STEM IS and is NOT, how parents can help, ideas for you to teach from an inclusive perspective, and helpful resources!

STEM Exploration for Preschoolers:
Discover why STEM is important for preschoolers, why they are SO good at it, and ways to incorporate it into their daily routine! Also includes over a dozen ideas you can use TODAY!

STEM in the Kitchen:
Discover STEM concepts involved in every day processes like making cookies!

Teaching Wonder: the Art of Science:
Teaching science is really about teaching our kids to wonder, to question and to approach the world with passion. Get some practical tips in this session!

Tools for Engaging Your Not-so-Science Teen:
This class gives parents tips for doing STEM with the literary, artsy, dramatic teen who doesn't see the point.

Using Picture Books to Teach Elementary STEM:
STEM does not have to be limited to equations, experiments and gadgets. Engage your children in STEM after a trip to the local library! A step-by-step guide on developing a lesson based on a favorite picture book. We’ll outline the benefits of integrating literacy and STEM as well as share lesson ideas to accompany several recently published award-winning children’s books.  Tons of resources for building your library of children’s books and repertoire of STEM lessons.

What is STEM & Why is it Important?:
What exactly is STEM, and why does it matter? Come find out and get some practical tips to get started!

Why Add the A(rt) to STEM?
I will talk about the value of integrating art into STEM and do a couple quick activities that show you how fun and valuable it can be!

Why All Students Should Learn to Code:
With all the recent hype about students needing to learn to code, you may be wondering why exactly they need to do this. Surely if they have no interest in being a programmer, it isn't necessary? Listen to this session for some reasons everyone should learn some coding.

Happy Educating,

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Free Preschool Butterfly Puzzle Set

These preschool butterfly puzzles are a wonderful early math and science activity for young children AND they go great with a butterfly theme or spring theme!

Did you know that doing puzzles is preschool math and science?!

Here's why!

Math and Puzzles:

1- Puzzles use sequential math skills.
2- Puzzles require a concept of one-to-one correlation.
3- Puzzles use ordering and sequencing skills.

Science and Puzzles:

1- Puzzles require forming and testing hypotheses about piece placement.
2- Puzzles invite logical analyses and conclusions.
3- Puzzles tie in to other science content.

These puzzles, for example, can tie into a butterfly theme, a spring theme, or a discussion about life cycles! They would be perfect to put out on a table next to a butterfly habitat!

How can you use these butterfly puzzles for preschoolers? 

Here are a few ideas:

1- Set a few out , or in a bin, for your kiddos to do whenever they feel like it!

2- Turn all the 2-piece puzzles upside down and play matching games!

3- Glue one piece of each of the 2-piece puzzles to a file folder and let your kiddos find all the matches!

4- Glue one piece of 4 of the 4-piece puzzles to a file folder, and let your preschooler build all 4 puzzles from the remaining 12 pieces.

5- Take turns adding a piece to the puzzles. 

6- Before you cut the 4-piece puzzles, glue them onto another picture. After your kiddos build the butterfly puzzle, tape it together, and flip it over to see what other picture they made!

Math and science are two of the "pillars" of STEM, which is what educators frequently refer to when they talk about integrating science, technology, engineering, and math. Often, we add in an "a" for "art," making the acronym STEAM.  STEM/STEAM education is vital in our societies, so I am delighted to share these BUTTERFLY PUZZLES  with you for FREE AND INVITE YOU TO JOIN ME to learn more about STEM AND STEAM in our email-based STEM CLUB!!

You can grab the Butterfly Puzzles HERE for free without signing up...I really dislike having to sign up for emails to get things online, so I won't require it to get these awesome puzzles. 💖  I hope that you like the idea of an email-based STEM CLUB where we can talk about STEM and STEAM and I can share brilliant STEM-related resources (including exclusive free printables).

You can sign up for the STEM CLUB below!

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Friday, February 1, 2019

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2019 Homeschool STEM Conference--Online Speakers

I am super excited to introduce the speakers for the 2019 Homeschool STEM Conference to you! This is a group of incredible teachers and parents who are sharing their expertise to help make STEM education in homeschool an exciting adventure that everyone can do!

If you click on the image, you will be taken to that speaker's website. If you scroll below the images, you can read more about each speaker and what topics they will be presenting!

During the conference you will receive life-time access to all of the sessions! Don't miss any, and replay your favorites as often as you want!

2019 Homeschool STEM Conference-Online Speakers:

*more coming soon!*

Ana Dziengel:

Session(s): STEAM for all Ages

Anne Carey:

Session(s): Why Add the A(rt) to STEM?

Amanda Brandon:

Amanda Brandon is a homeschooling mother of three who believes deeply in hands-on exploration as a learning tool. She was a curious kid who taught herself an array of handicrafts and research skills. She spent hours investigating topics and reporting on them in her “newspaper.”  Before she had a full house, she spent several years as a brand journalist “curating” resources for business owners, sales teams and technology industry blogs. She’s now using this “curator” experience to educate her three curious kiddos.

Blessed with three intensely curious kiddos who must put their hands in water, slime or some other substance on a regular basis, she’s using curiosity as a foundation for their homeschool. After purchasing multiple science curricula and numerous supplements, she decided to use her “curating” experience to dedicate one day per week to exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with her kiddos. They call it STEAMSDay and it’s their favorite day of the week to dive deep and explore big questions and how things work. This day is dedicated to critical thinking, collaboration, scientific exploration, artistic expression, real-world math, and technological discovery.  You can follow her on Instagram for a real-life view of STEAMSDay @aworkofgod. She’s also sharing their weekly STEAMSDay guide on her blog www.aworkofgod.com starting in March.

Session(s): STEAMSDay: How to Devote a Day a Week to Hands-On, Real-Life Learning

Carla Mae Jansen:

Carla is a science teacher turned homeschool mom (with five kids) who likes to go on adventures and try new things. She has a BS and MA in science teaching, 10 years of experience homeschooling, and a passion for child-led, interest-driven education. She loves STEM and science education because of the opportunities it gives children to build confidence, solve problems, and connect to real-world learning. She writes at Preschool Powol Packets and Teaching Without Chairs.

Session(s): STEM Exploration for Preschoolers, What is STEM & Why is it Important?

Christy McGuire:

Session(s): A Hands on Method for Learning Math Facts

Christy Saludares:

Christy is a Mechanical Engineer by profession, but left her career 5 years ago to stay home to raise her 3 boys. Now she shares her love of math, science, and engineering with her boys and others through fun, hands-on STEM activities. Her hope is to show kids that STEM is fun, and to inspire the next generation of engineers! You can find Christy online at fromengineertosahm.com .

Session(s): Hands-on examples of Simple Machines

Eve Hullette:

From the time she was small, Eve’s father inspired her with a love for mathematics. To him, math was a puzzle to solve or a game to play. His curiosity was contagious. After earning a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University, her passion for solving logical and mathematical problems led her to a computer-programming career.  One very kind husband and three children later, she has focused her love for learning on homeschooling her own children with her first entering university last fall. She loves to encourage other homeschooling families on their journey—and especially to share practical ways to ignite a love for math in students that currently find it impossible or boring. In her mind, the study of math should not be just another worksheet to complete, but an exploration into patterns that can be understood, applied to other subjects, and even enjoyed.  In her free time, Eve enjoys spending time doing whatever her family happens to be into at the moment.

Session(s): Why RightStart Math Works

Felicia Johnson:

Felicia is a mama of 8 kiddos and has been homeschooling for almost 17 years. Her kids range from 20 years old to 1. Science is a favorite subject in our house for no other reason than the world around us is an amazing testimony to God's amazing power. As a military family, the Johnson's have had an amazing opportunity to experience many different climates, habitats, and cultures. Felicia shares her adventures on Instagram and Facebook, while blogging about chaos and finding rest at The Zoo I Call Home.

Session(s): High School Chemistry Can Be Fun, High School Biology Can Be Fun, Animal Sciences for High School

Greg Norris:

Greg is a Hardware and Software Developer at GHI Electronics and works with the BrainPad Microsoft MakeCode Team.

He was homeschooled for three years of his schooling. It's impact has contributed greatly to who he is. 

He worked in TV production for nearly 30 years. Recently, he went back to school and changed career direction and moved into programming--something he had always done as a hobbyist but never a career. 

He's been working with Microsoft for the last 2 years on creating a block based editing interface for coding hardware. 

Session(s): Block-Based Programming Basics, Resources, and Insider Secrets

Jennifer Elia:

Jennifer Elia, homeschool consultant, curriculum creator, blogger, and author, is Founder of Aurelius Cabrini Homeschool Resource Center which is dedicated to giving homeschool moms the tools they need to thrive in their home education career. Jennifer provides one-on-one consulting, personalized and original curriculum plans, and practical advice for those just beginning their homeschool journey, as well as those who just need a little boost. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children whom she has been educating at home for the past 10 years. When Jennifer isn’t busy researching the best curriculum solutions, she enjoys gardening, crafting, and writing. You can find Jennifer on Facebook and Pinterest.

Session(s): STEM Success for Poets & Other Non-Science People

Julie Polanco:

Julie Polanco is a 16+ years veteran homeschooling mom of four challenging, artsy kids. She is the author of two books for moms--God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn and 100 Ways to Motivate Kids--and the high school botany instructor for www.SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Julie has been featured in several publications and blogs, including Today's Parent, Old Schoolhouse magazine, Some Assembly Required, Homeschooling with Heart blog, and Alternative Health Guide. She teaches live middle school science workshops for her local homeschool co-op and is actively involved in her church's women's ministry. You can find her at www.julienaturally.com where she offers natural learning & living solutions for challenging kids and their families.  

Session(s): How to Make Science Boxes, Tips for Teaching Non-Science Teens

Karyn Tripp:

Karyn Tripp is a former public school teacher turned homeschool mom. She has homeschooled her 4 kids (ages 14 down to 5) for 11 years now. She is the author of the blog Teach Beside Me where she shares creative teaching ideas and educational printables.  She loves coming up with fun new ways to teach hard subjects, and is passionate about helping kids love learning. Karyn is a co-author of best selling the STEAM Kids book series and is currently working on her first solo book, a math-art book. Karyn grew up in southern Florida, but now lives in the Utah mountains. When she is not teaching her kids, blogging, or writing, you can find her reading a book, baking cookies, or training for a half marathon. You can also find her on Facebook at Teach Beside Me!

Session(s): Integrating Art into Math & Science

Katoyia Bellamy:

Katoyia Bellamy is the founder of Our Learning Curve (www.ourlearningcurve.co), a source for culturally inclusive online/home learning.  She helps parents and guardians enrich their child(ren) 's educational experiences whether via homeschooling or supplementing traditional school options by providing culturally inclusive curriculum options.  She is a former 2nd-grade teacher and has been homeschooling her own children for the past 12 years.  Currently, she is a candidate for an MA/ Ph. D. in Africana and Latin American Studies. She chronicles her life as a single mom homeschooling 3 gluten free vegetarian children while working from home at Being Mama Dot (www.Beingmamadot.com) and offers support for other families doing the same. 

Session(s): STEM for Children of Color

Kerry Tracy:

Kerry taught 2nd  - 7th grades in public schools for 10 years.  She now creates teaching resources and delivers professional development to parents and teachers around the world to help them uncover more feel-good teaching moments in their lives, with brain-busting work disguised as fun (AKA: STEM Challenges).  You can learn more about Kerry on her websites: STEM Challenge and Feel-Good Teaching.

Session(s): Introduction to STEM Challenges

Leah McDermott:

Session(s): Outdoor STEM

MaryAnne Kochenderfer:

MaryAnne Kochenderfer is the fourth of ten children, raised in five countries on three continents. She now lives in California’s Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children: Emma, Johnny, Lily, and Anna. MaryAnne has a Masters in education and a Ph.D. in medicine. She blogs at Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting about building a rewarding family life through mindful parenting and educational and creative family activities.  

Session(s): Homeschool STEM for Kids

Meryl van der Merwe:

Meryl van der Merwe homeschooled her 4 children and during that time started teaching at the local homeschool co-op. She still teaches there - as well as online at FundaFunda Academy Before homeschooling she ran her own computer software company. Meryl also hosts the Homeschooling with Technology podcast. In her spare time, she loves reading and traveling. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Session(s): STEM Contests, Why all students should learn to code, How to Start a Math Club

Michelle Huddleston:

Michelle Huddleston is the author behind lifestyle blog With the Huddlestons; owner of a virtual school for home educating families, Huddleston Academy; founder of a nonprofit organization, More Than Minority; and international author and speaker. She is a brick-and-mortar teacher turned stay-at-home mompreneur currently raising and homeschooling four blessings in the Bluegrass State (Kentucky). When she's not homeschooling, Michelle can be found creating new curriculum resources, self-publishing books, blogging about life, and building a thriving virtual community. She also enjoys Bible journaling, teaching English to Chinese children (YAY VIPKID), wrestling with the kiddos and cuddling up with the hubby while watching a good movie. Through her little corner of Internet-land, Michelle desires to positively impact others and teach them how to live unapologetically authentic. 

Session(s): Creative Ideas from a Non-STEM Loving Mama

Sarah Benton Feitlinger:

Sarah Benton Feitlinger, M.Ed (Science Education) is a seasoned science teacher with over a decade of experience teaching in traditional classrooms, nature centers and museums. Currently a work-at-home mom, she runs a science, STEM and STEAM activity blog for teachers and families called Share it! Science, as well as being a contributing education writer for several websites and consulting with local schools on curriculum mapping and science curriculum development. Sarah has a passion for making science understandable and accessible for everyone. She loves being outdoors, spending time with family, exploring nature, discovering great children’s books and gardening. She also was a homeschool student from 6th to 8th grade!

Session(s): Best Resources for Developing Your Own Science Curriculum, Engaging Hands and Minds with the 5E Inquiry Model, Using Picture Books to Teach Elementary STEM

Tal Hoover:

Tal Hoover is the founder of Blessed Grove Homeschooling and Academy. She is a professional educator, curriculum writer and homeschool mother of 7 children.  Her spare time is spent creating and publishing educational resources and operating her small baking business.

She has over 14 years of home education under her belt, and nearly a decade of experience in tutoring, online education, and writing. Tal specializes in teaching Biblical and world history, multicultural studies, comparative religions, art history, and of course, professional artisan cookie decorating.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and also holds certificates in criminal law and paralegal studies.  Missions work, mentoring and empowering not only her own family, but others is her top priority. She loves connecting with those that are seeking to educate their own children and become entrepreneurs to promote self-sufficiency. Visit her online at http://blessedgrove.weebly.com

Session(s): STEM in the Kitchen, STEM Across the World, STEM Homeschooling With Multiple Grade Levels

Trisha Stanley:

Trisha is a science educator and mom of three. She is the creator of the blog Inspiration Laboratories where the focus is on encouraging learning through play. Trisha taught high school science for 5 years before staying home with her kids. Before she was a classroom teacher, she was in the informal science realm working as an education specialist at an aquarium and zoo. She loves writing science curriculum and activities that incorporate hands-on learning. Her passions also include connecting kids to nature and finding great books to read.

Session(s): Play-based STEM

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