Blog: Bright Ideas

Winter STEAM Activities to Keep Minds Active and Warm

Though many of us have our favorite outdoor winter activities, the colder temperatures and inclement weather can mean that we tend to spend more time indoors. Each season supports a variety of interesting STEAM activities, and winter is no exception. That’s because the weather and season have elements ideal for a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and math activities, as well as


A Parent’s Guide to Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a hierarchy of critical thinking skills well-known to educators, but probably less so to those outside of academia. Important enough to figure prominently in all levels of education and in educational reform, it is worth having a basic knowledge of this complex model. The cognitive processes categorized and classified in Bloom’s describe what students are expected to learn and


The Zoom, Fly, Bolt, Blast, STEAM Handbook


Zoom, fly, bolt and blast away with Galileo’s brand new STEAM Handbook—released just in time for the holiday gift giving season. Written by Galileo curriculum developer Lance Akiyama, and based on our favorite projects from camp, the 18 activities included in this book are designed to inspire kids to engineer extraordinary creations using ordinary materials. Here are just a few of the innovative,


How Developing A Daily Reading Practice Benefits Kids of Every Age

Remember going to the public library as a kid? It was like a trip to a toy store—only better—because without spending a dime, you could walk out with a stack of as many exciting adventures as two hands could carry. And, you could go back week after week for a similar haul: picture books illustrated by cartoonists and artists and novels whose chapters told stories of compelling characters from


How Parents Can Help Make Homework Time More Fun and Successful

Homework and fun in the same sentence? It IS possible. Homework is a necessity most kids loathe and parents come to dread. And yet, most families go through this ritual on a daily basis. Sometimes it can involve threats, bribery or cajoling, but keeping the peace relative to this daily activity requires nothing more than some creativity and consistency. With a little bit of thought and planning,


Helping Kids Develop Empathy With Social-Emotional Learning

IQ, EQ, EI, SEL - what do all these acronyms mean and why are they important? As parents, we want our kids to be healthy, happy and successful in life. Schools have traditionally focused on IQ (intelligence quotient)—our cognitive capacity and learning potential—for educational placement and to predict job performance. EI (emotional intelligence) is an awareness of our own emotions, the emotions


Learning to Fail Forward by Developing a Growth Mindset

"I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

Fail, failed, failure—the words themselves conjure up such negative emotions—not something we would wish for ourselves or our kids. And yet, we are hearing that


Kids Can Use Technology to Help Solve Social, Economic and Environmental Issues

Jack Andraka was a freshman in high school and thinking about pancreatic cancer after the death of a friend’s father. While contemplating nanotube applications during a biology lecture on antibodies, the boy who was eventually nicknamed the “Edison of our times” suddenly put the seemingly unrelated topics together and had a revolutionary idea. After developing an experimental protocol proposal,


From Summer Camp to School: How to Encourage Curiosity in Kids All Year Long

“Old age starts where curiosity ends.” This powerful quote attributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning, Portuguese writer Jose Saramago reminds us of the important role that curiosity plays in our lives. It starts at an early age, propelling us forward through life and fueling our interests and passions. Though initially available in abundant supply, for many of us, curiosity grows more fragile as we


Gratitude Activities for Kids and Parents During the Thanksgiving Season

Thanksgiving is truly one of our favorite holidays: food, family, friends and fun. For kids, there are crafts and stories, and chances to help prepare the food and decorate the table. Veraquest research group asked a group of respondents who celebrate Thanksgiving to weigh in on this historical American holiday. The opportunity to see family and friends was the favorite aspect of the holiday for