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Recap: 2015 Winter Teacher’s Workshop  February 6th, 2015

We enjoyed your company at the Winter Teacher’s Workshop! We hope everyone had a blast. If you are a middle school or high school SMILE teacher you should have received the following materials (pictured below): cornstarch, agar agar, gelatin powder, a bottle of glycerin, Styrofoam, cornstarch, and green biodegradable Styrofoam packing peanuts. With these materials we showcased several lesson plans including Fork it Over and Packing for the Future along with the bonus activity: Composting- Out of Sight Not Out of Mind. All of the lesson plans and presentations for these activities can be seen here.  We would love to see pictures of your SMILE students performing these activities. Always feel free to e-mail us at


From the Ground Up  February 6th, 2015

We love it when you share with us! Paula Barnhart from Nyssa Elementary School thought this soils widget would be a great source for teachers and students. “Not All Soils Are Created Equal” is a great way to explore the soil layers in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. The widget also explores how the specific soil helps grow the plants in the region.  Enjoy exploring the soils around the country by clicking on the picture!