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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Make your own Constellation T-Shirt! 12 constellation patterns are sized and ready for use on your own t-shirt. You will also receive instructions for making t-shirts with your students and help with hosting your own constellation night. This
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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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Engage your students with an amusing and fun activity for St. Patrick's Day while they learn about rainbows and circuits. This easy and inexpensive project will leave your kids smiling and your colleagues "green" with envy! Beginner - Level 1
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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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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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{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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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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