THINKER TIMES

The Hopper International Blog – Welcome to Denderz!

Hey there, Hopper fans! So glad you decided to check out The Hopper’s International Blog! Jared’s my name and educational reporting is my game. The Hopper team has tasked me with scoping out and sharing some of the unique and innovative forms of learning and audience engagement that Europe has to offer. So, buckle up Buttercup. First stop: the Netherlands!
For the sake of historical brevity, the Netherlands has seen a lot in its day. Nestled between Belgium and Germany, and across the English Channel from Great Britain,…

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Girl Power: How Feminine Qualities Drive Discovery

Women have often been excluded from STEM-related studies and careers. In the U.S., although women hold 47% of all jobs, they hold only 24% of jobs in STEM fields. But stories like that of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell show that even when women excel in science and technology fields, they are often overlooked: The British astrophysicist was recently awarded the Breakthrough prize in fundamental physics for her seminal work on pulsars as a graduate student–forty-four years after her male advisor received the Nobel Prize for the discovery without a single mention of Burnell….

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Fall Equinox – Are You a “Seasoned” Expert?

The first day of fall seems the perfect time to check our seasonal knowledge! Here’s a quiz question for you: What causes the seasons on earth? Think for a second or two. Do you have a clear answer in your head?

Let’s test your explanation using a model. You’ll need a couple of sphere-ish objects that can represent the sun and earth. Go dig around in the kids’ toy box if you need to. You can upgrade to a globe and a lamp if you have them handy. Now to test:Use your model earth and sun to explain what causes the seasons to yourself or someone else in the same room. Seriously. Do it….

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kids playing

Back by Popular Demand…Imagination!

In the summers, part of my job is to be a leader for groups of kids at science camp.  The days are jam-packed with activities, all the while we practice being scientists: observing, wondering, sharing and testing ideas, and every once in a while blowing something up! We are at the playground when I notice one of my campers crossing the bridge using the side railings instead of walking across the planks on the bottom.  A line forms as others copy the maneuvering and I decide to offer up a game. “The floor is lava, and we forgot our lava-proof boots today,” I say.

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Back to School: 5 Tips to Support Your Kids’ Academic Success

It’s that time of year again. The morning air is comfortably crisp, pumpkin-flavored everything is everywhere, and my daily Facebook feed is filled with the obligatory “First Day of School” pictures. Look at those flashy, new backpacks and bright smiles! The parent in me wonders how they can maintain that enthusiasm and achieve academic success this year and beyond. The science nerd in me digs in for answers.Full disclosure: I am the kind of mom who believes in picking my battles. I dabble in free-range parenting.

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Five Things You Need to Know about Stargazing

A dear friend taught me years ago that when you travel with young children it is aptly called a work trip, not a vacation. That wordsmithing alleviated a lot of the pressure I felt to come back relaxed and revitalized any time we left town. But looking back on this summer – perhaps it was the combination of my kids getting older, or us parents setting more reasonable expectations – I’m thrilled to report we had an incredible family vacation and created memories of a lifetime!

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THINKER TIMES

The Hopper International Blog – Welcome to Denderz!

Hey there, Hopper fans! So glad you decided to check out The Hopper’s International Blog! Jared’s my name and educational reporting is my game. The Hopper team has tasked me with scoping out and sharing some of the unique and innovative forms of learning and audience engagement that Europe has to offer. So, buckle up Buttercup. First stop: the Netherlands!
For the sake of historical brevity, the Netherlands has seen a lot in its day. Nestled between Belgium and Germany, and across the English Channel from Great Britain,…

Read More »

Girl Power: How Feminine Qualities Drive Discovery

Women have often been excluded from STEM-related studies and careers. In the U.S., although women hold 47% of all jobs, they hold only 24% of jobs in STEM fields. But stories like that of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell show that even when women excel in science and technology fields, they are often overlooked: The British astrophysicist was recently awarded the Breakthrough prize in fundamental physics for her seminal work on pulsars as a graduate student–forty-four years after her male advisor received the Nobel Prize for the discovery without a single mention of Burnell….

Read More »

Fall Equinox – Are You a “Seasoned” Expert?

The first day of fall seems the perfect time to check our seasonal knowledge! Here’s a quiz question for you: What causes the seasons on earth? Think for a second or two. Do you have a clear answer in your head?

Let’s test your explanation using a model. You’ll need a couple of sphere-ish objects that can represent the sun and earth. Go dig around in the kids’ toy box if you need to. You can upgrade to a globe and a lamp if you have them handy. Now to test:Use your model earth and sun to explain what causes the seasons to yourself or someone else in the same room. Seriously. Do it….

Read More »
kids playing

Back by Popular Demand…Imagination!

In the summers, part of my job is to be a leader for groups of kids at science camp.  The days are jam-packed with activities, all the while we practice being scientists: observing, wondering, sharing and testing ideas, and every once in a while blowing something up! We are at the playground when I notice one of my campers crossing the bridge using the side railings instead of walking across the planks on the bottom.  A line forms as others copy the maneuvering and I decide to offer up a game. “The floor is lava, and we forgot our lava-proof boots today,” I say.

Read More »

Back to School: 5 Tips to Support Your Kids’ Academic Success

It’s that time of year again. The morning air is comfortably crisp, pumpkin-flavored everything is everywhere, and my daily Facebook feed is filled with the obligatory “First Day of School” pictures. Look at those flashy, new backpacks and bright smiles! The parent in me wonders how they can maintain that enthusiasm and achieve academic success this year and beyond. The science nerd in me digs in for answers.Full disclosure: I am the kind of mom who believes in picking my battles. I dabble in free-range parenting.

Read More »

Five Things You Need to Know about Stargazing

A dear friend taught me years ago that when you travel with young children it is aptly called a work trip, not a vacation. That wordsmithing alleviated a lot of the pressure I felt to come back relaxed and revitalized any time we left town. But looking back on this summer – perhaps it was the combination of my kids getting older, or us parents setting more reasonable expectations – I’m thrilled to report we had an incredible family vacation and created memories of a lifetime!

Read More »
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