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Editors’ Note: From time to time our RE@L Blogsite will repost a

RE@L STEM Case Study as they appear sequentially on our RE@L Homepage.

As always, your comments and suggestions are appreciated. Simply email us at the address below.



Welcome To Our New RE@L Website Feature:

Learning More From STEM Case Studies.”

If you are one of our regular RE@L website readers, you know well that RE@L has long been supportive of more effective STEM in K12 schools everywhere. So much so, that we are creating our own STEM software products. More on that later.

realms-schoolWe want to bring to you timely STEM Case Studies.
The first is from Bend, Oregon. Educators there tell us the story of the Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School, or REALMS school. Students get their education just as much from the outdoors as they do indoors. Click on the graphic to the left to learn more. 

Kids learn “hands-on and heads-on”. They learn in the classroom, then do real-world explorations, and often share their findings with the scientific community. Even more, students learn they can create their own STEM career futures.

Every fall, students from REALMS head out into the forest for a lesson in the health of our waterways. These students can already take credit for more than a decade worth of research and data that helps monitor the health status of Tumalo Creek.

Here’s how REALMS students learn and do STEM: Click on the graphic to the right to see a video of their active STEM-based learning. You can see how their active, hands-on learning engages them in real-world projects.

Here’s a statement from one of their teachers: “We have been at this project for over 10 years, sampling the same watershed area, looking at the changing effects of a fire that went through many years before. We focus on both water quality and aquatic insectsKids in this class spend 6 days in the field collecting pertinent data. They also study forest growth and the re-introduction of a naturally flooded meadow. The mathematics teacher helps them in measuring how much carbon is contained in certain trees. This data is used to compare it to the carbon ‘footprint’ we each produce .”

Now, that’s real STEM learning!


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.