Using the pocket microscopes suggested by fellow STEM sister Ashley and slices of tree branches cut by my dad in his woodshop, students are able to visually and kinesthetically experience a small part of what this STEM professional does. They were in awe that close up, wood has fibers in it and deep down has a shiny crystal-like appearance. They were allowed to trade in their slices to look at others and quickly began to choose the ones with the burr holes and dirt. Some even investigated the bark. Afterwards, they explored the Cabinet and encouraged their friends to watch certain ones. This is always one of my favorites and now with the addition of the pocket microscopes, I think it is also one of the students' favorites as well.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.