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Should STEAM be the New STEM?

I know, I know. I just posted about STEM education not too long ago. Essentially, it combines various principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Subjects are presented together through learning activities that involve problem-solving in “real-world” scenarios. The idea is to strengthen (mainly K-12) students’ foundation within these STEM subjects. By the time these kids are old enough to …

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What is STEM and Why is it Important?

Featured photo by Kelly Sikkema It seems likely that many parents with young-ish children have heard of STEM by now. The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The United State has an ever increasing demand for people trained in STEM fields, making education more important now than ever. STEM education STEM education is a style of teaching that …

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Kid Science Costumes

It’s that time of year. Pumpkin patches are the place to be and your cup runneth over with Apple Cider. Halloween is quickly approaching. Have you made your science costumes yet? I had a wonderful plan for my kids’ group Halloween costumes. My infant was going to be a peapod while my toddler would wear a robe and look like a …

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Non-invasive Prenatal Screening: How it Works and Why it Matters

I figure if I’m going to offer up some sciencey stuff related to parenting, the best place to start is part of my professional background: prenatal genetics. I will caution that if you are going to have ANY genetic testing performed (NIPS, carrier screening, karyotype, etc.) you should consult a genetic counselor. They are awesome explainers. If you are currently …

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