Brain Brigade

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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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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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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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In this game, your students will seek to find and secure life saving supplies before Mount Vesuvius erupts. The game is designed to help your students gain knowledge and understanding about Ancient Rome and volcanoes, while solving riddles and clues
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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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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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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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Veintiuno is a challenging game that can be used in English or Spanish. Students need to problem solve and determine the pattern to win the game. It’s a difficult game because the kids must figure out the pattern in their minds without seeing any
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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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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).


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.


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


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


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 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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