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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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This step-by-step tutorial walks you through the process of making a greeting card where the Christmas Tree actually glows along with your children's faces! Fill your classroom with these cards of joy and deLIGHT your students and their parents!
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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. This activity reinforces STEAM/STEM concepts as well as
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These 16 constellation flash cards are designed to help your students master the constellations, major stars, and more astronomical facts. Explore STEM, STEAM, Astronomy, and Mythology. Play a challenging classroom game and become an interstellar
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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. Explore ecosystems, endangered species, and environment in this hands-on and
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Beginner Level 1 Circuit - 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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Make a constellation star map on your playground! Playground Planetarium: The Constellations is a hands-on activity designed to be used across the curriculum by incorporating STEAM / STEM in the classroom. Get your kids out of their desks and
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These three leaf templates come easy to print on letter, legal and tabloid size. They will help you create leaves for your classroom rainforest more efficiently. Simply download the PDF files, print, cut and hang! For a full unit on tropical rain
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This interactive cross curricular game about the space program is a series of riddles and clues that will transport your class back to each of the launches in the Space Race in America's journey to the Moon. Students use critical thinking and team
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Electrify Your Valentine by making an inexpensive LED light up and pop-up Valentine's Day Card! We love this project and think you and your students will too! Light up your classroom (and your children’s faces) with this radiant lighted
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This hands-on activity will give your students a great idea of the principles of Scientific Method, independent, dependent, and controlled variables. Use this activity to help students understand Scientific Method before a science fair or as a
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Why isn’t Dry Ice Wet? And Other Frostbite Favorites 8 Science Experiments using Dry Ice (CO2) in your classroom. I’ve used dry ice in my classroom for many years. It never fails to amaze my students. It is a great tool for teaching the concepts
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Make and light up a 3D Washington Monument! This is an easy way to incorporate a hands-on project for history, social studies, President’s Day, or the Fourth of July with science applications. It also is useful in the science classroom while
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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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Use sail cars in your classroom to teach: variables, gravity, force, friction, air pressure, budgeting, engineering design principles, and math concepts like measurement and speed. This inexpensive project provides an opportunity for your students
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This Inspirational Classroom or Maker Space Poster reads: Creativity takes Courage Included in this instant download: {1} Letter-sized printable PDF {4} JPG files for easy printing in sizes 8.5x11, 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20 inches. Print beautiful
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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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Encourage your students to explore to new ideas with this classroom poster. This poster reads: I don't care about your grade. I care that you understand. Included in this instant download: {1} Letter-sized printable PDF {4} JPG files for easy
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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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Encourage your students to explore to new ideas with this classroom poster. This poster reads: I don't care about your grade. I care that you understand. Included in this instant download: {1} Letter-sized printable PDF {4} JPG files for easy
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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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