Author Archives Rose Dugas

  • Human Body Learning Activities for Kids  Here is a list of 10 fun STEM learning activities from “A Spectacled Owl“.  From brain hats to shrinky dink cell models, it’s a great collection of activities to teach kids all about the human body. 1.What’s Inside a Drop of Blood (Creekside Learning) 2. X-Ray Play Dough (I […]

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  • It’s called the great pacific garbage patch. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the problems our oceans face with plastic so I’m not going to quote statistics or show you horrible pictures.  Instead I’m going to show you something positive that is taking place. A creation of a 21 year old student named […]

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  • The definition of bullying is, “the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants“. Based on this definition it seems like everyone has been bullied.  When it affects our own children that’s when we tend to need it to be stopped in its […]

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  • Did you know that Connecticut sent  55 winning students from the Connecticut Invention Convention to the National Convention and tied with Ohio for the most awards received?  Makes you proud.  A 14 year old Southington student won the National award.  Lucca Riccio invented the “message mask” that took the top honor.  That peaks your curiosity, […]

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  • Fathers make important contributions to their kids’ development—and do so in ways that are different from mother’s contributions. Fathers are more likely to use advanced language around young kids, which promotes vocabulary development. Fathers also tend to prioritize rough-and-tumble play, letting kids explore, and playing more than caretaking, which establish independence and positive social skills. […]

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  • STEM has been greatly talked about but also under funded.  This program costs nothing but contributes to diversity in computer science, inspires students, and can prep students for future technology skills.  I personally believe that it also teaches children to “think outside the box”.  What is this great program?  It’s a web site called code.org.  […]

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  • Most scientists agree that the universe started about 14 billion years ago. It is sometimes hard to explain to children how this happens – even scientists aren’t sure what came before (although they do have theories).  We do know that all the particles of the universe were contained within one small ball called a singularity.  […]

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  • WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO AN’ DON’T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO AN’ DON’T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW Frank Zappa So the questions is, “can I eat snow that isn’t yellow, or brown, or anything but white”. The answer?  Well, yes and no.  A lot of it […]

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  • Poison ivy, the plant we love to hate.  How much do you know about it?  Could you identify it?  What makes it “poison”?  What happens when you get the oil (urushiol) on you skin or clothes? How do you treat it? The effects of poison ivy go back ages but the first published records date […]

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  • So welcome back.  It’s been a very quiet summer.  Recently I heard a program on NPR about pupil shape.  You know, those dark holes in the center of your eyes.  They open up when it’s dark and they shrink when it’s bright.  Bet you never thought about the shape of those pupils. You already know […]

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