Brain Brigade

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Make a Windowsill Garden in your classroom! Your students will learn how to make their own windowsill hydroponic garden while learning about pH, plants, root development, metric measurement, and producing their own food. This guide introduces you to
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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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Get your students excited with these hands-on science experiments about Carbon Dioxide. Your students will learn chemistry techniques and practical uses of CO2. Explore the Carbon Dioxide Cycle. Included in this download: -The Carbon Dioxide
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Explore polymers and suspensions in your science classroom. Begin this lesson with an impressive teacher demonstration, then follow up with three student experiments. Use this download as an introduction to your students of polymers and suspensions
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Rocket Math includes step-by-step instructions to building and launching foam rockets. Your students collect, average and analyze the data to find the optimum launch angle. Included are a graphing template so that the instructor can enrich the
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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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The Ultimate Air Pressure Bundle combines all of our air pressure downloads. We include Air Pressure I, II, III, IV, Bernoulli's Principle and a FREE download of Balsa Wood Airplanes. These classroom demonstrations help your students grasp air
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My former administrator has a saying that I try to implement as often as I can. “Think Big. Now, Think Bigger”. With that in mind, I have tweaked this impressive, old experiment and implemented connections to math for use in your science/math
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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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