Brain Brigade
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Brain Brigade
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Brain Brigade's Designing a Maker Space is the ULTIMATE guide to establishing your own Maker Space written by Jerry Hoefs who has already done it - TWICE! Create a classroom environment that enhances STEAM and STEM activities through hands-on
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Probability Fun & Games is designed by Brain Brigade. Your students will be on the fast track to learning basic math skills. The three activities in this packet are designed to make basic math principles fun! The packet include three activities
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The Craft Stick Truss Bridge Tutorial will challenge your students while fostering creativity. This activity turns out an impressive truss bridge for your students to experiment with! This project can be used for students from second to eighth
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In this Brain Brigade classroom learning center students will manage a $1000 inheritance in an attempt to parlay it into riches. Strike It Rich uses Common Core State Standards to help students learn graphing, calculating a balance, subtraction, and
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Help your students get creative with this activity from Brain Brigade! Help your students rev up their imaginations by creating classroom roller coasters using inexpensive materials. Take it up a notch and give your students a budget to manage when
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This Rockets Level 1 Learning Guide can be adapted for grades 3 to 8. Included in this download are: -Balloon Rockets -Straw Rockets (with template) -Film Canister Rockets (with template) -Saturn V Scale Drawing Activity using Grid
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Make a Windowsill Garden in your classroom! This guide introduces you to hydroponics in a step-by-step tutorial. We have included color photos, detailed directions, a comprehensive materials list, and even ways to recycle your k-cups! Your students
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Apollo 13 is a classroom activity designed to help your students learn speaking and listening skills. Apollo 13 has language arts, science and math applications. Your students will replicate the Apollo 13 mission by playing roles of Mission Control
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Engage your students with these three simple, but impressive, demonstrations of Bernoulli's Principle. You only need a few inexpensive materials to demonstrate air pressure. Your students may not be able to see air, but they will begin to
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Air Pressure II from Brain Brigade is the second in a series of simple, cheap, and impressive (and hilarious) air pressure experiments for your classroom. Air Pressure II: An Experiment on Air Pressure - Does Air Exert Pressure? walks you
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Make a scale model solar system! This hands-on dynamic activity will give your students a sense of the vastness of our solar system and just how tiny our planet is in the whole scope of things. Get your kids out of their seats and outside to walk
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Air Pressure I from Brain Brigade is the first in a series of simple, cheap, and impressive experiments for your classroom. Can Crusher: An Experiment on Air Pressure - Does Air Exert Pressure? Walks you step-by-step through one simple and
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Diaper Dissection from Brain Brigade is a hands-on activity to understanding how sodium polyacrylate works in a diaper. Your students will use scales, measuring and solving equations building upon basic science and math concepts in relation to
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Beginner Level 1 Circuits - Easy, Impressive, we provide links for all the items you need (cheap & they ship very quickly!). Fill your classroom with these cards of joy! DeLIGHT your children and their parents! Light up your classroom (and your
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Get your students excited about learning with this guide to Carbon Dioxide. This lesson is heavy on experiments featuring Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and geared for students in grades 3-7. Included in this download: -The Carbon Dioxide Story -The Cycle
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In this game, your students will seek to find and secure the king’s treasure before it can be stolen by grave robbers. The game is designed to help your students gain knowledge and understanding about Ancient Egypt, while solving riddles and clues
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These 16 constellation flash cards are designed to help your students master the constellations, major stars, and more astronomical facts. We’ve also included a challenging classroom game and an interstellar travel guide where students must
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Air Pressure III from Brain Brigade is an inexpensive and easy way to demonstrate air pressure in your classroom. Your kids will be rolling on the floor with laughter and begging you to do this over an over! Included in this lesson: -Materials
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21 Chips is a fun classroom game where players alternate turns using strategy to be the last to take chips. I use 21 Chips it at the end of the day or end of the class as a challenge. I, of course, claim that I’m just lucky when I win every
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Build an incredible model of a rainforest in your room with trees that are 10 feet tall, vines, flowers and animals! Bring the rainforest alive while amazing your students. If you want to engage your students, this unit is for you. We include the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

As an educator for the past 40 years and as Wisconsin’s 2003 Teacher of the Year I have languished over the lack of hands-on learning in our schools. In 2008, my daughter and I started Brain Brigade with the idea of bringing hands-on learning to every child particularly in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that we need to get children and teachers out of their comfort zones by providing novel learning activities that challenge them and are applicable to real life. As teachers we need to awaken a child’s curiosity by providing dynamic learning experiences. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the eyes of a child sparkle after launching a rocket. This is what all learning should be about; children, who having a spark ignite a fire within, seek to discover more on their own.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2003 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year 2002 Herb Kohl Fellowship Recipient 2001 Teacher of the Year, Neosho School, Neosho, WI 1993 Taught a graduate course, Lego® Logo, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1990 Developed and taught a graduate course, Integrating Environmental Education into the Curriculum, Aurora University 1988 Safari Club International Award Awarded tuition grant for outdoor education seminar, Jackson Hole, WY 1980 Developed and coordinated Outdoor Education Program-Neosho Middle School, Neosho, WI

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master of Education - National College of Education Evanston, IL B.A. Elementary Education – 1973 Concordia Teacher’s College Seward, NE A.A. - Concordia College Milwaukee, WI

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

As a newly retired teacher I have been cataloging my classroom resources designed to bring hands-on learning to every student and sharing them here with you. I also lead after school programs, tutoring and summer camps. We blog at BrainBrigade.org. I spend my spare time with my wonderful wife, four daughters, three sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and even more grand-dogs. I love gardening and traveling. My wife and I are always up for an adventure! Whether walking 70 miles in a weekend or piling our grandkids into our car and taking them for a road trip – we are up for the challenge!

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