Welcome to Coach Sam’s Virtual Playbook where ideas become our most trusted and valued friends.


Our ideas are unique to each of us, the DNA of our heart and mind. They are with us every day, keeping us company, inspiring us to move past our fears, inspiring us to Dream Big and then Dream Bigger, to have faith in who we are. As you explore the lessons in the Coach Sam’s What Do You With An Idea series, let the magic of your ideas, your dreams, take flight because your ideas will change the world.


And remember, your Coach Sam’s team is by your side, celebrating you and the magic of your ideas.

Hello Scholars!

Oh boy is it ever so simmering outside! The sun is shining, we like that, but it is h-o-t! We could probably fry an egg right on the sidewalk (don’t do it, the birds might get mad).

In this virtual playbook, you’ll discover how to build cool things with popsicle sticks. Most people just throw their sticks away once their tasty treat is gone. Imagine the endless possibilities of building!

You’ll also learn about a boy’s obsession with being an inventor. He eventually invents the yummy coolness otherwise known as popsicles. Explore recipes that are sure to keep you hydrated even on the hottest of days. Afterwards, discover the many ways that popsicles can be used to build. Yes, this summer, you can get your engineering on!

This Summer Snack lesson consists of:

  • Building a Popsicle Bridge and Testing its Strength
  • “The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle” Read Aloud
  • Two worksheets:
    • Kinetic Sticks Cobra Weave Activity
    • The Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activity Pack
  • Popsicle Stick Challenge
  • Popsicle Stick Websites


YouTube Video: Building a Popsicle Bridge!

Read Aloud: The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle by Anne Renaud and Milan Pavlovic


Really want to have fun with popsicle sticks? Try the Cobra Weave! The Popsicle Worksheets “sticks” the truth about popsicles right out there. Become a popsicle expert after reading the passage.

Popsicle Stick Challenge: It’s Time to Build! 

There are so many useful ways to build with popsicle sticks. Here are a few:

Coach Sam’s Riddle:

What has lots of eyes, but can’t see?

Last Week’s Answer: Nothing! It just waved!