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Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson Would Be Proud!

National STEM/STEAM Day is today! STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Add Art and you have STEAM. The Census Bureau has some great statistics: STEM/STEAM. Ideas combining STEM/STEAM and our environment:

  • Children could sketch a space craft that could vacuum up space debris our space programs have created.
  • Children could upcycle an empty glass jar into something useful and attractive.
  • Children could figure out how much trash each person in America creates each day and then figure out how to reduce that amount.
  • Children could research the life of Rachel Carson, Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, or another STEM/STEAM role model and share their findings.
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Montana Flag

Montana became the forty-first state of the United States in 1889. Its name comes from the Spanish word montana, meaning mountainous. Its nicknames are the Treasure State and Big Sky Country. Copper mining, lumbering, and tourism are major sources of income. The state’s southeastern section has reserves of low-sulphur coal. Montana ranks fourth in area and forty-fourth in population. Children could learn more about Montana by visiting: Montana.

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X-rays were discovered by Dr. Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. He was conducting experiments in other fields when he recognized the importance of the rays he called X-rays. He then began to systematically study and document the newly discovered X-rays. He received the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. Children can view a video about X-rays at: X-Ray Video.

Nov 082023

John Dickinson

John Dickinson (born Talbot Count, Maryland, 1732; died Wilmington, Delaware, February 14, 1808) was a Revolutionary War hero. He was known as the Penman of the Revolution because of the various papers he wrote, including his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania. He fought at the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania. After the Revolutionary War, he was governor of both Delaware and Pennsylvania, and for two months he was the governor of the two states at the same time! He helped draft the Articles of Confederation, but he knew that the country needed a strong central government. He attended the Constitutional Convention and approved the new government framework. Children could learn more at: John Dickinson.

Edmund Halley (born London, England, 1656; died Greenwich, England, January 14, 1742) was an astronomer and mathematician. Halley’s Comet is named in his honor. He first saw it in 1682. After conducting some research, he realized the comet returned approximately every 76 years. It has been sighted 28 times. The first recorded sighting was in 240 BC. Older children can learn more about Halley’s Comet at: Halley’s Comet.

Margaret Mitchell (born Atlanta, Georgia, 1900; died after being struck by a car in Atlanta, Georgia, August 16, 1949) was a writer. Her most famous book, Gone with the Wind, has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages. It received the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Bram Stoker (born Dublin, Ireland, 1847; died London, England, April 20, 1912) was a writer. He wrote at least twelve books and many short stories. However, he is most famous for his book Dracula. You can read Dracula and other Bram Stoker works at: Project Gutenberg.