Lots of Bots

Ted Beyer, Educational Innovations, Inc.by Ted Beyer

Bots in a Name?

Brushbots, bristlebots, scooterbots, and any other cleverly named bots have been around for years.  You know—the toothbrush head (or something similar) paired with a tiny vibrating motor and a battery.  For years, classroom teachers and homeschool parents have been using them to introduce even young students to the principles of engineering and robotics.

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EI TV – Winter Science!

Educational Innovations Newsletter - EI TVWinter Science Videos that Sizzle!

Taking your class outdoors may not be an option in winter, but showing videos that explore the wintry world is a great way to explore winter science!

If you come across a video you’d like us to add to this list, leave us a comment below!

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Winter Science Discussion Starters

Educational Innovations Newsletter - Discussion StartersIf you have a favorite winter science lesson or activity, please leave us a comment below!

Thanks to Julie Olson, President SDSTA, for sharing two excellent discussion starters related to winter:

  • Which will melt first: a snowman with or without a coat?
  • Is the commercial “melting snowman” really melting?

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Winter Science Humor

Educational Innovations Newsletter - HumorWhy not insert a bit of winter science humor into your next quiz or homework page?  Extra points for students who guess the right answers to our riddles!

If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, we invite you to share it as a comment below.


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Winter Science Lesson

professor-lesson-appleLooking for an engaging winter science lesson?  How about a blubber mitt?  It’s a great way to explore many subjects:  thermodynamics, animal adaptation, insulating properties, density, and perception, to name just a few.

If you’re teaching animal adaptation, your students may also be interested in this Top Ten Hibernators list, from cold-blooded animals such as frogs to mammals like prairie dogs.


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