February: GLOBAL PLAY DAY
On February 1, allow your students to spread their toys out around the room or take the kids outside and just PLAY! Teach your students, parents, colleagues, and administration about the benefits and necessity of play. Perhaps you could share Peter Gray’s TEDx video with them on the decline of play in our culture. Click here to learn more.
February: NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK
February 19-25 is National Engineers Week, started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. National Engineers Week always falls in the week in February that encompasses George Washington’s actual birthday (February 22), as he is considered the nation’s first engineer.
April: NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Poetry is celebrated in the month of April. Connect with another class and share poetry. The students can read, exchange or share write poetry together. The sky is the limit!
May: Global Codeathon
Connect. Create. Challenge.
A coding workshop for elementary students. The Global Codeathon and Scratch Day will be a day that students around the world will be exploring coding with Scratch. Open to students with beginning through advanced coding experience.
Click here to learn more.
September: INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY
Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. Classroom around the world join the global community of creativity champions using their talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place. This day takes place around September 15ish. Click here for more information.
September: NATIONAL PLAY-DOH DAY
National Play-Doh Day is observed annually on September 16th. Play-Doh inventor Joe McVicker actually sold it originally as a wallpaper cleaner but the world had another use for his product. Play-Doh was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. Students are encouraged to find a can of Play-Doh and let their imagination run wild. Click here for more information.
November – December: Candy Around the World
Teachers and students around the world do activities focusing on candy! Students write, conduct surveys, research, create art and more! Culminating artifacts for this project will be several eBooks containing student work. Check out Lucy Gray’s site to learn more.
December: Gingerbread STEM Communities
What’s awesome about where you live? What good and services, historical buildings, attractions, or other notable places do you find the most interesting in our community? We’d love to see those places in our STEM/STEAM graham cracker gingerbread engineering challenge. We ask that your students design and construct their own communities and then provide a presentation tour to another class via Skype.