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Color Changing Milk: Think Like a Scientist

Color Changing Milk: Think Like a Scientist

Teaching students to “think like a scientist” is a tricky thing. Many of us have experienced science classes that required memorizing seemingly irrelevant from ancient textbooks. On the other hand, other activities include spectacular demonstrations or hands-on activities, but do not lead students to scientific understanding, operating more than a magic show than a lesson. … Continue reading

Camp Google

Camp Google

I was going to start my blog vacation today, but I couldn’t resist one more post to share this: Camp Google. How’s this for problem finding? Camp Google is a free online camp, focused on children ages 7-10–and it starts July 13.  While activities (obviously) start online, they are designed to get kids up and … Continue reading

LEGOs, Rube Goldberg, and Science Fun

LEGOs, Rube Goldberg, and Science Fun

I’ve always loved Rube Goldberg machines. So when I discovered a book designed to help make “Chain Reaction” machines out of LEGOs, I jumped at the chance. Together with a 10-year-old friend, we built the first contraption in just a few minutes. It looked almost identical to the photo at the left, and was made … Continue reading

FNV and the Coolness of Vegetables

FNV and the Coolness of Vegetables

It’s time to eat broccoli! Or apples. Or pineapple. And you (and your students) can help make it happen. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the fifth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign by announcing a full-fledged ad campaign designed to market (you guessed it) fruits and vegetables, newly branded as FNV. This is going … Continue reading

Women in Science: Graphics that Teach

Women in Science: Graphics that Teach

How would you represent a great person’s life work in a single symbol? What single image could represent the contributions of Martin Luther King? Abraham Lincoln? Srinivasa Ramanujan? The artist using the pseudonym Hydrogene tackles that question, while also creating art work focusing on STEM education and technology across cultures. The most recent additions to … Continue reading

Toys from Trash: Arvind Gupta’s Science

Toys from Trash: Arvind Gupta’s Science

Arvind Gupta is one of those people every educator should know. Wonder why? Take a look. Gupta believes that children learn best by touching, feeling, cutting, sticking — pulling things apart, putting things together. And he’s devoted his career to providing children all over the work with the inspiration and tools to do so.  And … Continue reading