What is STEM? New Snapology Franchise in New Jersey

Have you heard of STEM? Of course you have.. it's the new hot word.. I see it all over Pinterest, over the past few months I have been saving all these interesting posts.. collecting activities for the summer months and then lo and behold I hear about a new Snapology STEM program open a few counties over.

I spent some more time reading up about the subject, most of the websites provide vague explanations.. until I stumbled upon We Are Teachers, this website is perfect. It breaks down the subject in an easy to understand language and shows how anyone.. especially teachers can incorporate STEM into all aspects of learning. Another definition I found and really liked was 'STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors.'  It's the education of the future.

Snapology Stem Program
Schooling a Monkey is also a great resource for easy to do at home STEM activities.  

D had created this Lego maze a few years ago. Didn't even realize we were doing a STEM activity.

Snapology offers a wide variety of classes and camps.. it's a tad too far from me to be able to take the boys there regularly. Hopefully someone will open a franchise closer to us so we can partake in all of its amazing activities..

Snapology Stem Birthday Parties

Till then I will have to settle for pre planning H's next birthday party with them. He is our Lego lover and when I saw that Snapology will bring the party to you I couldn't imagine anything better. That above picture is his bed.. according to him it's a candy factory. :)

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Irani Sky - When traveling from Tehran to Shiraz in Iran, the sun was setting surrounded by these gorgeous dark dramatic clouds.

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The Budding Entrepreneur

A few months ago our towns public school sent out an email to all the elementary and middle school students about a June marketplace. It was an optional, ungraded project where the students would get an opportunity to create a product or service and sell it at the marketplace. There were no restrictions, you could work alone or with a partner. 

I talked to D about it.. explained to him what it would entail, the concept of profit and expense, the various products or services that could be sold and let him mull over it.. I wanted to make sure he understood all the extra work it would mean.. after a week of going back and forth.. he decided he wanted to participate.

He decided to make upcycled tin can pencil holders. He began with making sketches.. while I started to collect tin cans. 

We did an inventory of all the things we had in the house.. so that we could minimize our expenses.. and then the work began. We worked on one can per weekend.. we didn't use most of the designs in his sketches.. I wanted to teach him that ideas are not concrete.. we have to let inspiration take it course.. be flexible.. something he is not known for. 

Two sides of the same can.

We brainstormed on names.. he took a family vote. Laynaad was the winner. It's his name backwards. Then he created a logo. 

We had a few fails.. a rainbow made of pipe cleaners.. the pipe cleaners refused to stick and stay put.. children's pains wouldn't stay put either.. so we had to scrap the rainbow idea.. we were really trying to limit our purchases. 

A total of $12 were spent.. most of it was spent on buying a sealer.

The day of the event.

It was a two hour outdoor event in the middle school. D sold 5 out of 9 pencil holders for $5 each. He made a profit of $11. His grandmother and aunt have already called dibs on two. Two more left.. his other grandmother wants to buy one as well. 

Lessons learnt: 
Earning money is hard. 
Never give up.. ( it took him 30 minutes to sell his first one.. and the last two sold in the last 30 mins..)

Our observations: 
Instead of taking the opportunity to teach their kids a lesson in business far too many people took the easy way out by reselling. I kid you not there was a kid selling Doritos and Pringles. 
A large number of kids were selling sweet confections.. cupcakes and cookies everywhere you looked. While some looked child made many did not.
Those above type of sellers took away a lot of focus from the kids who really had worked hard. The little girl next to us was selling braided key chains.. she sat and made more while she attempted to sell.. she was so focused. While so many kids left their tables maned by their parents and decided to frolic with their friends instead. 

Nonetheless it was a great effort by the school district.. there were over a 100 kids selling.. hopefully the school district will continue with this annually but maybe regulate a bit more.. 

We were very proud of D. He is normally a shy child so seeing him trying to work the crowd was amazing.. that night I think he was trying to sell a few in his sleep as well.. 
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The Inner Core - In the gardens of the Vatican Museum stood a large spherical bronze structure. It looked as if it was the earth, ripped open for us to see what was inside. And what was inside? Another smaller sphere with gears on the inside.

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Sun and Fun in Gran Canaria

Not so far off the Moroccan coast are the Gran Canary Islands.. we were as close to the islands as we were ever going to get. So why not right?

This was our first time staying at an all inclusive resort.. usually we always prefer to venture out and discover.. but this time we were looking to just lay back and relax. 

Our hotel perched up on a cliff.

The view from our balcony.. 

It was nice to not have to think about what to eat of where to go.. the boys loved the pool.. the entertainment was a bit dated.. think AC/DC and Freddy Mercury. There was a shuttle that took us down to the beach.. it was quite a walk otherwise.. we walked the way down and took the shuttle back up. The disappointing part was that it was a public beach meaning we had to rent chairs.. the shocking part it was a clothing optional beach.. thankfully and surprisingly that boys did not seem to notice.. nevertheless we tried to keep our stay at the beach short.

Now a photo dump..

and then it was time to go home. 

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A Water Problem

On Thursday two pipes in our basement burst. And so the last few days have not been much fun. Hopefully we will be able to get things dried and sorted out during the week. Fingers crossed I’ll be back to posting about the tail end of our trip next Monday.

We are trying to salvage the carpet.. all the padding was ripped out and thrown away.. it's sad to see it this way.. you can see what it looked like in it's glory days right here

Pray all our hard work pays off and we are able to restore it to what it once was.

We are also in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan.. so we are already a bit drained of energy.. which is obviously not helping the situation.

I need summer.. i need a vacation.. I need a dry basement.. :(

Hope things are much much sunnier and dry where you are.

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Hut - The shaded tiki grass hut on Baby Beach, Aruba. Want to read more about our trip to Aruba? Check it out here

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