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Author: Morgan Kolis

My name is Morgan and I have been teaching for 7 complete years. I graduated with a Masters in Education in 2008 from Baldwin Wallace College. I chose to study Educational Technology there. In 2003, I graduated from Heidelberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I currently maintain 2 teaching licenses (Intervention Specialist and Early Childhood Education) and one endorsement (Reading). In 1999, I graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. I've spent the last 6 years teaching at Hilton School is Brecksville, Ohio. I've taught a wide variety of students each with unique and defining characteristics. I've had the pleasure of learning about and working with students with autism, Down syndrome, 2q37 Deletion Syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, Asperger's syndrome, ODD, and ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive, and combined types). I currently work with students with moderate to intensive special needs.

STEM Challenge #12- Penny Bridges

Today’s STEM Challenge comes to us from Brooke Brown’s Teach Outside the Box.  She offered 13 FREE maker stations and we are taking advantage of them! Use ANY materials you have at home. Use a QR code reader for more information. Build your bridge and test it out.  How many pennies does it hold? Show us over on Flipgrid. Then, re-design your bridge to hold even more pennies!

STEM Challenge #10- Marble Maze

Today’s STEM Challenge comes to us from Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  This came in her series of 13 FREE Makerstation challenges. Please create a marble maze.  You can use LEGOs or any materials you have at home.  I will probably use cardboard or popsicle sticks for mine. If you don’t have a marble at home, use a ping pong ball or a golf ball. When you go to Flipgrid today to show us what you’ve made, please tell us how many times you had to TRY your marble maze before you got it to work. 🙂

Earth Day STEM Challenge!

Happy Earth Day!!!  What are YOU doing today to celebrate our Earth!?!?  I will be starting seeds in small pots and also making some “seed bombs.” Today’s challenge is called the Earth Day Robot Design Challenge! You will be asked to create the prototype of a robot that can collect trash and place it in a dumpster. Be sure you read the directions and the CHALLENGE RULES! Then, go over to our Flipgrid and tell us about it!

STEM Challenge #9- Create a Board Game!

Today’s STEM Challenge comes from Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 FREE maker activities and we are loving them.  You can also find our version of this challenge here. Check out the challenge photos. Use a QR code reader for more information and examples. You can use any materials you have at your house. Then show us on this Flipgrid! Tell us about your game. How did you make it? What are the rules? You can also try to watch someone else’s video and leave video feedback.

STEM Challenge #8- Make Something Out of Recyclables

Today’s STEM Challenge comes from a site called Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 free maker activities and we are loving them! Can you use recyclable materials to make something useful? What did you use? Show us on this Flipgrid. Can you also make a kind comment about someone else’s creation today?

STEM Challenge #7- Paper Airplanes!

Today’s STEM Challenge comes from a site called Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 free maker activities and we are loving them! Check out the challenge today. Make at least two and see which flies farther and higher. Try different sizes or kinds of paper. Add a paper clip on the front. What happens? How about the end? Then, go to this Flipgrid and test out your planes.

STEM Challenge #5- Catapult Launch

Today’s challenge comes from the site Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 FREE maker activities and we are loving them! Create a catapult to launch a Pom Pom (or a marshmallow or a stuffed animal or a mini figure or something you can safely launch). Use a QR code reader to get more information. Then, show us on this Flipgrid. And if this is too easy for you, show us how you can modify it to make it better? Can you make a catapult that launches two things at once?