Jane Colden is remembered as the first American woman botanist.
Category Archives: STEM Education
New Year, New Leaf: Nurturing a Houseplant Habit
Sensory experience–a hallmark of science, nutrition, and environmental education–is much harder to deliver via screen. However, a few months ago I was inspired me to turn over a new leaf.
Don’t Delay: Get Your Earth Day Dirt Girl Giveaway
Submit a Dirt Girl Diary to be eligible for an Earth Day 2020 Giveaway!
DIY Project: Sustainable Crafting Meets Engineering Design
A modified version of a simple DIY “crafting” activity offers a solution to an environmental problem in a way that incorporates engineering design while also teaching sustainability.
STEAM Project: Fun for the Fall Faire
DIY Scarecrows are a fun STEAM Project that promotes creative solutions, teamwork, and interdisciplinary thinking. Four different teams constructed unique and imaginative scarecrows. They collaboratively fashioned outfits from ripped nylon hammocks, scavenged props from the toolshed to rubber band in scarecrow’s gloved hands, and bent wire into eyeglasses that even had tape lenses!
Return of the Dirt Girls: Fostering Teamwork and Inclusion in the Garden
A little over a year ago, I established an after school club that I dubbed “Dirt Girls.” The decision to limit participation only to girls was initially motivated by the relative inequity in STEM fields. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up just 29% of the STEM workforce. Research suggests that timeContinue reading “Return of the Dirt Girls: Fostering Teamwork and Inclusion in the Garden”
Dirt Girls to the Rescue: 12 Sets of Hands Make Light Work
A lot of tiny hands help maintain the school garden after school.