My Oh My, Sweet Potato Pie

sweet potato pie marked

You can think of this recipe as my gift to you. This pie is one of my favorites. But I'll be honest, my main reason for posting it here is FOMO-Fear Of Missing Out. The paper on which the recipe is printed is getting worn and though I safely tuck it back into my recipe binder each time after I make it, it's only a matter of time before I lose it and I don't want to miss out on this sweet dessert. I don't know where the recipe originated, so I ... [ Read More ]

Dawn Day in the Wildlife

sea lion release

As I look back on 2014, one of the things I am most grateful for (beyond my family and our general health) is the experience I had thanks to Dawn at The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC). As a Dawn Day in the Wildlife Ambassador, I was flown to California to for an immersion day at TMMC. Our group of ambassadors got a behind-the-scenes tour and learned what makes TMMC tick (a passion for animals and a lot of volunteers!). Even better, we got to witness ... [ Read More ]

The Maker Movement and STEM

sylvan blog

  At times it feels as if nothing short of Divine Intervention will get my teens to look away from a screen. TVs, tablets, computers, cell phones — in today’s digital culture, it’s easy to get caught up in consuming media and entertainment. But the future belongs to the creators — the Makers. Read the rest of this piece on encouraging you kids to be creators and tying together the Maker Movement and STEM over at Sylvan's parent ... [ Read More ]

PBL, Project-Based Learning in STEM: November STEMchat Recap


Thanks to everyone who joined us for the November #STEMchat on Project-Based Learning in STEM education, our panelists, and our sponsor, It's About Time, we had a lively chat on PBL in STEM education. Here's are a few key tips from our discussion along with helpful resources for anyone who wants to learn more about PBL STEM education. Before I present the recap, I want to share an important post that IAT recently published on their blog. IAT ... [ Read More ]

Rani Shah: STEM Girl Friday

Rani Shah of Monkey Bars Chicago, STEM Girl Friday

Rani Shah Rani is a recent ChemE grad from the Illinois Institute of Technology. When she’s not attempting to simply navigate life a 20-something in the big city, she works at Chicago start-up MonkeyBars learning how to disrupt the way businesses approach ideation and technology education. Congratulations on your recent degree! What motivated you to get involved in Chicago's tech and start-up scene rather than take a traditional ... [ Read More ]

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week Free Printable

Geography Awareness Week runs November 16 - 22, 2014. When my boys competed in a Geography Bee as elementary school kids, it seemed like the typical fare - countries, rivers, land forms, and such. It wasn't until last year, when interviewed a geographer, Emily White, that I realized how exciting and broad the field is. My new enthusiasm gained momentum as I hosted a #STEMchat on the topic. This year, I'm taking things in a new direction (ha!) ... [ Read More ]

Introducing Yellow Scope Science Kits for Girls

Yellow Scope Science Kits for Girls

It sounds like the set-up for a joke: two moms walked into a bar. Only it wasn't a bar it was their kids' school. And they weren't just moms, they were scientists, too. In the name of viral blog posts, you won't believe what happened next. Okay. You'll believe it. Here's the scoop on the Yellow Scope gals. The Yellow Scope Girls caught my eye during the September #STEMchat. I learned that they make science kits for girls. Science kits for ... [ Read More ]