This past week was the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 which was held in sunny San Antonio, TX. Among the trending topics at the conference was coding in the classroom. There’s a movement called Girls Who Code led by Reshma Saujani, who was one of the keynote speakers this past week. Tech jobs are…

EdTech was originally published on Developing Explorers


Committing to yourself

The other day was the longest day of the year (June 21st) and it was also World Giraffe Day. Something about long necks and long days making sense and therefore there’s a holiday for that. You’re welcome. I saw many posts regarding not only giraffes but also that people had no excuse to not exercise…

Committing to yourself was originally published on Developing Explorers

Exercise and creativity

Physically active people can improve their self-expression, self-confidence and social interaction compared with more sedentary people. Exercise leads to better brain health, less obesity and less stress. This applies to people of all ages, including children and young adults. Regular exercise for children and young adults is important as that is when people start habits, good or bad. While I am a tutor, I do recommend my students exercise as it can help them study for their exams and perform better on test day.


While exercise is physical, it affects overall health and well being more than just the physical gains. Artists facing roadblocks in their creative process can be benefited by exercise. Exercise can help them open their minds and see their art from a different perspective or mindset. And what’s even better than just exercising? Exercising outside. Science supports the idea of human’s innate desire to connect with nature. Several studies have shown a correlation between being outside and feeling emotionally, mentally and physically better.

Being outside almost provides a distraction from everything else going on. Exercising outside can definitely lead to great things. Do you exercise outside? If so, what’s your favorite type of exercise to do outside?

Exercise and creativity was originally published on Developing Explorers

Nature’s Fastest Marathon Runner

Some animals are good at running, us humans being one of them. But most animals while they can run fast they often don’t run far. Or if they run far, they don’t run fast. One exception outside of humans is the ostrich. The ostrich can run up to 43 mph at their fastest. When they run further than 20 miles, their average speed drops to 30 mph. The average stride of an ostrich is 10 to 16 feet, one of the longest of any bird not to mention animal.

The African ostrich is the fastest, clocking speeds between 60 to 70 km per hour which allows this species to finish a full marathon in about 40 minutes rather than the two plus hours needed by a human. So how do ostriches compare to humans?


When compared to humans, ostriches have the majority of their musculature located very high on the thigh bone and hip, whereas the lower swinging elements of their legs are moved by long, mass-reducing tendons. Tendons are very light and aid in long steps along with increased step frequency. Just don’t think that tendons make these birds tender. They tend to run when they feel threatened, but are known to attack when needed especially when there’s an egg involved. (largest egg = tastiest egg)

Random Jen fact: I did an entire school project on ostriches in 3rd grade and absolutely loved it. What’s your favorite animal? What’s your favorite running animal? Did you even consider the ostrich a runner before this post?

Nature’s Fastest Marathon Runner was originally published on Developing Explorers

Panda Planner

It’s been just about a month since I bought and started using my Panda Planner and I have noticed quite a few differences in my life. When I chose to order the planner, I was feeling a little stuck in life. Also, I noticed that while I was getting a lot done, I was forgetting little things on my to-do list, like call the power company before they turn the power off on me. Details..


While having a to-do list that isn’t just in my head likely would have helped, I chose to take a giant leap and purchase a life planner not only for my to-do list but also to keep track of my projects and life goals. After much review and a few suggestions, I settled on the Panda planner and went with the standard version to give it a try. At first I wasn’t even sure what to write in this thing, but after watching the Youtube videos and messing around a bit, I found the planner to be very helpful to my life.

The planner is broken down into three sections: Monthly, Weekly, and Daily sections. The monthly section is more of an overall month by month planner, nice to put in big events or other things you need to note.

The weekly section helps you summarize the previous week and plan for the upcoming week. I try to do this every Sunday, but sometimes don’t get to it until Monday since my weekends tend to get busy. Even so, it helps give me perspective on how much I’m doing and how I can improve. I like reflecting and seeing the progress I’m making in multiple areas of my life. Sometimes the progress is slow-moving but that only helps fuel me to work harder and focus more on those areas.


Then my favorite section is the daily section since that is where I get to write the most. I only fill these out on weekdays, so Mondays through Fridays. Weekends I tend to split my time between work and fun (plus exercise of course) so I don’t really write my daily plan for Saturdays and Sundays. This way I don’t get overwhelmed with my to-do list and goals. I think it’s healthy to have goals, but sometimes I can go overboard with the goals and start ignoring the less serious side of life. While I enjoy adulting, I also enjoy acting like a kid from time to time. And once in awhile, I do actually relax.

This planner has helped catapult me into my life and propel me forward with my goals. While I’m still working on making progress in many areas of my life, I feel much more organized and successful with the planner and the ability to write and keep track of all my ideas and action items.

What do you do to stay organized? What are your goals in life and are you working towards them? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!


Panda Planner was originally published on Developing Explorers

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy


I grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy on the Disney channel. It was a combination of this show, my middle school science teacher (Ms. Jen Baum), and my first pets (hamster & dog) that contributed to my passion for science and animals. I have fond memories of Bill Nye and his quirky ways of explaining different topics of science. Each episode added to my knowledge base. As I grew, so did my interest and intrigue in science and the way the world worked. The most interesting topics to me centralized around biology and animal science, which led me down the path to obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a Chemistry minor. And eventually a Master’s degree in Biology.

And now, somehow Bill Nye has gotten even better with age. (also he looks nearly the same to me: does this guy age?) Watching and listening to him and Bernie Sanders brings hope to my heart. Hope for our future and our planet that I’ve developed a deep love for. I love listening to Bill Nye and his viewpoints since they are still just as relevant, if not more so now than they were back in the 90’s when I watched him on Disney. Another nice thing is that now he’s free to say what he really thinks, and doesn’t have to hold anything back due to his audience being children. Also, I’m older and can understand more in regards to what he’s saying.

He has a new show Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix that I recently started watching. While I don’t know what the show will bring to me, I look forward to learning more about science, our world, and beyond. And I hope that in addition to learning, that it brings back happy memories from my childhood growing up with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

What are your thoughts on Bill Nye? Did you watch his show in the 90s? Have you seen his new show? Do you have any qualms about Bill and his opinions? Do you even science, bro?

Bill Nye the Science Guy was originally published on Developing Explorers