Columns & Articles

The Newton's Road has a STEM column in the Families First Monthly, a regional parenting magazine now published online. Links to these and other Newton's Road articles are listed below. Use the Archive link to access older articles. 

Important Read! How We Learn
December 3, 2020
December - January Families First Column

Even though my own daughter is halfway through her first year of "adulting", the lives of my friends and colleagues provide a window into the daily ups and downs of parenting school-aged children during a pandemic. Here are a few ideas and approaches they found helpful, and some resources you might not be aware of!

Curious Times

December 2, 2020
December - January New at TADL Article
By Heather Brady

The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) has a new Student Success portal and a $14,000 joint grant with Newton's Road from the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) to increase the number of STEM kits available for hands-on learning at home. This grant will provide 200+ additional new STEM kits to students throughout the 5-county region via their local library. 

A New Doorway to Student Success 

October 5, 2020
October - November Families First Column

Building on last month's theme, Erosion,  try going on a hole hunt this Fall. Our Executive Director, Barb Termaat explains how holes can be made naturally, and how to find them! 

Go on a Hole Hunt!

August 1, 2020
August-September Families First Column

The volleyball net location on Memorial Beach in Elk Rapids is now 20 feet offshore. Bridges are closed, rock walls are being built and houses have fallen into Great Lakes. What is happening?! Erosion! 

Erosion Rocks Our World!  

June 1, 2020
June-July Families First Column

What a great time of year to explore the forests around our beautiful region! Discover some ways to help make a forest walk into a learning adventure with kids of different ages. 

Forest Walk Activities