Brain Brigade

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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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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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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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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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Light up your classroom (and your children’s faces) with this radiant lighted card project! LEDs are a great hands-on exercise in exploring circuits. This is a BEGINNER LEVEL LED activity. An introduction to SMD LEDs and circuits. This simple
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Light up your classroom (and your children’s faces) with this radiant lighted card project! LEDs are a great hands-on exercise in exploring circuits. This is an ADVANCED LEVEL LED activity. It is a bit more challenging than some of our other LED
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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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{7} Light-up LED Projects for working independently in the classroom, the Maker Space, or a Learning Center! These activities will help your students become familiar with parallel circuits and LEDs. Great STEM, STEAM, Science and hands-on learning
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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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