With the eclipse less than two weeks away, I'm compiling all of the resources I have posted about into one place. Do you have a favorite eclipse resource I haven't discussed? The Exploratorium has a ton of resources, including a "live streaming" of the event and this video explaining why the eclipse is occurring and … Continue reading Eclipse Resource Roundup
I realize I'm writing about gardening in the bleak of winter, but now is the time to plan if you have a school garden. That, and you have take advantage of this opportunity by February 15. Bonnie Plant Farms is giving cabbage plants to THIRD GRADE classes (only) that will allow students to grow a … Continue reading Giant Cabbage Heads
I learned recently about a fascinating twist on school gardening available through the International Space Station. You can request tomato seeds that have spent time on the ISS. Then your students grow them in your school garden and compare them to Earth-bound controls. They even get access to the data from all other participating schools. … Continue reading Out-Of-This-World Gardening
I have video from one more activity in Amazing Cardboard Tube Science. This shows one of my first attempts at the car for On a Roll on page 20. https://youtu.be/Ac-Dyl8ZkiY The force of the air coming from the balloon is almost too weak to get the car moving. So weak, in fact, that when I … Continue reading On a Roll
So a friend tagged me on Facebook with a "What's your spirit biological macromolecule quiz?" from Buzzfeed. (I'm collagen, thanks for asking.) The questions were ridiculous and silly, but I thought--what a great idea! I can see getting kids to write quizzes... What step of photosynthesis are you? (Are you the sort to have your … Continue reading Buzzfeed Biology (and other sciences)
The munchkins and I have been having a blast with a face swapping app recently. I've been wracking my brain for a science education use for it. So today we played at being physicists and face swapping with Einstein. This was the best of the girl munchkin: She wouldn't let me post what his face … Continue reading Face Swap!
A young friend helped me test out these tube feet when I was working on Amazing Cardboard Tube Science. It's the special extra experiment you get in the bind-up (a paperback with the whole series combined). He's walking like a pro: https://youtu.be/Jcz0F_m_RnU Challenge: Play with the materials used to make Tube Feet. Can you figure … Continue reading Tube Feet
I took some video while I was writing Amazing Cardboard Tube Science. This shows one the projects--a marble run. Marble runs are great for discussing potential energy, kinetic energy, and energy transformations. https://youtu.be/rwhGntSfK28 And here you can see some of the engineering challenges I had to overcome as I worked: https://youtu.be/6T2CKH_64kA Now, a challenge for … Continue reading Marble Run