STEAM Lesson Plan: Candy Cane Calamity

Candy Cane Calamity: Grades 2-8 It’s almost time for winter break and chances are your students are having a hard time sitting in their seats and staying focused. Here’s a fun STEAM lesson plan to keep them motivated and focused while bringing in a little magic of the holiday season. In this lesson, students will[…]

Kurt Mahan Inventionland Institute

Teacher Feature: Kurt Mahan, Brownsville Area School District

Kurt Mahan may be in his inaugural year of teaching the Inventionland Institute Curriculum, but he’s no stranger to the classroom or the world of business. Mahan, whose class list includes courses such as Intro to Business, Entrepreneurship, Banking and Personal Finance, Computer Applications, Marketing and Product Development, Broadcasting and Video Production, and Advanced Career[…]

Teachers Tell Us What Inspires Them

At Inventionland Institute, we recognize all of the hard work educators do both in and out of the classroom. From creating steam lesson plans that keep students engaged to grading papers to mentoring and coaching to managing IEPs and making phone calls home…not to mention running extracurricular activities and buying supplies for their classroom. It’s[…]

STEAM Lesson Plan: Make Your Own Mondrian

Make Your Own Mondrian: Grades 4-6 Piet Mondrian is considered the father of abstract art. In this STEAM lesson, students will learn about the artist, and use geometry to create their own works of art. Materials Needed Black Markers (thin and thick) Red Marker (thick) Blue Marker (thick) Yellow Marker (thick) White Construction Paper Rulers[…]

How To Properly Prepare Subs For a STEAM Classroom

Most teachers don’t want to take a day off from school during those precious first few months of classes. You’re getting to know your students, setting expectations, and creating a feeling of normalcy so when your students walk in your classroom, they always know what to expect. And if you’re teaching in a STEAM classroom,[…]

Teacher Feature: Meghan Hull, Berkshire Junior/Senior High School

Meghan Hull began her teaching career 15 years ago, but, like any seasoned pro, knows that she constantly has to change what and how she teaches in order to meet the needs of her students. Berkshire School District implemented Inventionland Institute’s curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year and she is helping both students and teachers[…]

Parent teacher conference

Helpful Tips on Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences

What is it about parent-teacher conferences that makes parent nervous? Is it our past coming back to haunt us? Maybe it’s the idea of having to sit at a desk again? Or Maybe it’s that we know that our child is frighteningly similar to ourselves and hasn’t quite finished every homework assignment and “maybe” doesn’t[…]

Innovation in the Classroom

To say classrooms have evolved over the past 30 years is an understatement. Thirty years ago, a teacher was considered innovative and thinking out of the box if she signed up for one of the televisions stored in the library, carefully rolled it on the cart down the hall, and brought in a VHS clip[…]

Eric Stoudnor, Altoona Area High School Teacher

Teacher Feature: Eric Stoudnor, Altoona Area High School

Eric Stoudnour has been teaching at Altoona Area High School for over 25 years. As a chemistry teacher, he’s been showing teens the wonders of science and as a teacher always looking for new ways to inspire his students, he is one of the first adopters of the Inventionland Institute Curriculum. He doesn’t just offer[…]

STEAM Lesson Plan: The Marshmallow Tower

The Marshmallow Tower: Grades 5-6 In this lesson, students will use marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti to create a freestanding tower. The goal of this lesson is to help students understand engineering and the importance of teamwork. Materials Needed Per Group 20 sticks of spaghetti one yard of tape one yard of string one marshmallow Preparation[…]