Concoctions by Dan Crow

Some tConcoctions STEM CDime ago I heard Bill Nye The Science Guy say we need more engineers, and it got me thinking about the impact of this statement in today’s world. At the same time, by coincidence, a good friend entered college to study civil engineering, a niece began her studies in microbiology and a cousin is majoring in computer science. These are three outstanding young women pursuing careers in areas dominated by men.

Considering that most of my work as an educator and singer/songwriter is directed toward elementary-age children, I decided to create a project supporting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum. It is intended to use music, and specifically songs, to excite the kids into thinking about how much fun it could be to learn about these fields and, who knows, maybe think about STEM careers.

The songs became a CD and the CD is transforming into animated videos hosted by a young scientist we call Anny Dallshouse. All this is directed toward children and their families. The goal is to help create a new batch of inspired boy and (especially) girl STEMSTERS!

The challenge in producing this CD was to write songs with catchy lyrics and musical arrangements that are sophisticated and still kid friendly. Thanks in large part to a masterful arranger and producer, Jimmy Hammer, I think we succeeded.

This is truly a labor of love motivated by some exceptional young woman. So thank you girls, and everyone please enjoy our tuneful CONCOCTIONS!

Submitted by Dan Crow. 
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Celebrate Black History with Music!


As educators, we have a responsibility to address diversity every single day in the classroom and in our homes. That said, African American History Month, celebrated every February, is a reminder to us of that responsibility. Regardless of the age we are teaching, we can always relate stories of our African American heroes and culture.

Using the Black History Radio app  (geared for kids 2nd-6th grades) can also help us carry out this responsibility. This app randomly plays over 50 biographical songs about great Black Americans such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman,  Jackie Robinson, and more. These songs address African American themes of pride, history and culture!

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