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Be a Better Writer: 4 TED-Ed Videos

“There are three rules for writing a novel,” said W. Somerset Maugham. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Funny guy, that Maugham. And while he’s right that there are no official, absolute rules for writing, there are plenty of helpful guidelines to be found. (We really like Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing and Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers, among others.) When it comes to visual writing lessons, the folks at TED-Ed have done a magnificent job pulling together some really helpful videos for writers of... Read More

BBC at Barnes & Noble!

Over the years, few organizations have been as supportive of The Big Brain Club as Barnes & Noble. They’ve hosted book fairs and public events of all kinds, including our Get Your Nerd On Day with Buzz Aldrin last summer. Well, the trend continues. Starting this Saturday, December 13, anything purchased at any Barnes & Noble store or online using this special Big Brain Club voucher (see below) will mean more money to support our school programs. → BBC Voucher ← It’s really simple. Just use this voucher when you make... Read More

GYNOD: I’m Nerdy About Nutrition!

The Big Brain Club is proud to partner with King Soopers, The Little Clinic, and The University of Colorado to present our latest Get Your Nerd On Day: I’m Nerdy About Nutrition, this Saturday, October 11! This FREE event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the King Soopers store at 7575 S. University Blvd in Centennial (Dry Creek and University). Stop by to learn all sorts of cool stuff about ‘brain healthy’ foods, and to receive tasty samples, free giveaways, and a $5 store credit! For... Read More

Smart is Cool: Now Available Everywhere!

Big Brain Club founder Dom Testa has been working with students, teachers, and parents for nearly 20 years. His passion for education and youth development was the driving force behind all of the school programs, published authors, donated technology, and student empowerment that The Big Brain Club is known for. And now his passion for these issues is captured in Smart is Cool: Building a Better Student Through Attitude. Dom’s first non-fiction book for parents is available everywhere, from major outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to local independent... Read More

Hear Dom Testa on Colorado Matters!

Big Brain Club founder Dom Testa turned up this week on the popular radio program Colorado Matters. He talked with host Ryan Warner about a wide range of topics, from the inception of The Big Brain Club to the upcoming book for parents called Smart is Cool. You can read a recap of the interview — or stream it in its entirety! — right here. Colorado Matters airs regularly on Colorado Public Radio. It’s a great show (even when they aren’t talking about The Big Brain Club!), and highly recommended.... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 3

This is the last of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * Writing this last blog on @preses14 I am at a loss to wrap up my thoughts. What do you say about a conference that was so well put together by teachers that have not paused their teaching job in order to act as hosts? There are many ways to understand something.... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 2

This is the second of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * Morning Two (Algebra I) I used to believe that the best Professional Development meant having real conversations with teachers who teach in similar content areas. This opinion changed when I saw Preston’s Algebra 1 class (as taught by the incredible Kathy Sampson). I now believe that the best Professional Development is... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 1

This is the first of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * I was invited to the #preses14 conference to experience something different while connecting with other like-minded teachers. Day one did not disappoint. There were three things I was hoping to be able to do at the conference, and I had a taste of each one by the end of the first... Read More

The Wonderful World of Wonderopolis

As a teacher librarian, I’ve pondered why it is so difficult to teach inquiry to middle schoolers when my three-year-old is constantly chanting, “Why?” If you’ve experienced this problem, I may have some help. Wonderopolis is a great website to help bring back the natural curiosity and imagination of elementary and middle school students. Here’s how it works. Each day a new question is explored, such as What is a fish tornado?, or How are viruses and bacteria different?, or How many is a Googol? Students can watch a short... Read More

Special Offer Brings Sports, Science Together

Are you ready for the convergence of sports, physics, and fun? The Big Brain Club is proud to announce a very special event on Saturday, March 8: Get Your Nerd On Day with the Colorado Avalanche! This is an exclusive offer to receive enormously discounted tickets to the Avs game versus the St. Louis Blues . . . plus cool, interactive science experiments courtesy of the brilliant minds from the University of Denver Physics Department, and special VIP access to the Avs’ ice guru! Here’s what you need to know:... Read More