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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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The Craft Stick Truss Bridge Tutorial will challenge your students while fostering creativity. This STEM 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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Help your students get creative with this STEM activity. Rev up their imaginations by creating classroom roller coasters that demonstrate the concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, motion, friction and momentum using inexpensive materials.
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Apollo 13 is a classroom activity designed to help your students learn giving and listening to exact instructions, and team building skills. Apollo 13 has language arts, science and math applications. Your students will replicate the REAL Apollo 13
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Engage your students with these three simple, but impressive, demonstrations of Bernoulli's Principle using a few inexpensive materials. Your students may not be able to see air, but they will begin to understand the effect that air has on airplanes
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Explore atmospheric pressure and vacuums with this hilarious science prank. Air Pressure II is the second in a series of simple, cheap, and impressive (and ) air pressure experiments for your classroom. This download will walk you step-by-step
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Explore evaporation, condensation, air pressure, and vacuums. This download will walk you step-by-step through one simple and impressive air pressure experiment for your science classroom. All you need are a few inexpensive supplies. Your students
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Air Pressure III is an inexpensive and easy way to demonstrate air pressure in your classroom. By pressurizing a container, it will force liquid out. Your kids will be rolling on the floor with laughter and begging you to do this over and over!
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Foster creativity and challenge your students to make a craft stick arch bridge This hands-on activity turns out an impressive arch bridge for your students to experiment with! Use STEM and Engineering Design principles to create and possibly alter
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Create your own Balsa Wood Airplanes using this simple 8-step tutorial. Students from second to eighth grade will enjoy creating a masterpiece while also modifying their planes to fly farther or even loop! You and your students will have fun while
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Grow Monarch Butterflies in Your Classroom from Brain Brigade! In this learning guide you'll learn how to collect Monarch eggs, feed hatched caterpillars and allow Monarch Butterflies to fully develop to adulthood in your classroom. To supplement
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Encourage your students to explore to new ideas with this classroom poster. This poster reads: What If... Included in this instant download: {1} Letter-sized printable PDF {4} JPG files for easy printing in sizes 8.5x11, 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20
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Make you own classroom honeycomb! This activity is straight out of a science and literacy unit that is aligned with NGSS find the full product here for 12 dollars: The Buzz About Honeybees | Bee Biology Science NGSS & Literacy 3, 4, 5
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This hard goods learning kit combines our popular product download: Make a Windowsill Garden | Intro to Hydroponics STEM and the supplies required for up to 25 individual hydroponic classroom gardens (enough for 25 students). This STEM product
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Make you own bee hive! This activity is straight out of a science and literacy unit that is aligned with NGSS find the full product here for 12 dollars: The Buzz About Honeybees | Bee Biology Science NGSS & Literacy 3, 4, 5 grades This activity
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Do you want to spur creativity and innovation in your classroom? Create a Maker Space today. Your students will be thrilled and you will unleash their power to create! A Maker Space is also known as Fablab, Tinkerspot, Hacker Space, Tech Shop. A
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Engine 65: Get to the Fire! is an engaging and hands-on game for students in K, 1, and 2. Your students will be challenged to solve problems so they may receive equipment cards to place on their fire engine. The game and activities provide
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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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