What New Science Products Will You Find at EI?


Tami O'Connorby: Tami O’Connor

Check Out Our New Science Products

When we see teachers at the many conventions we attend, one of the first questions they ask is, “What’s new at Educational Innovations?” We always have new and exciting products, in addition to the tried-and-true materials that we are well known for.  This January, teachers and students will encounter more than 40 Super! Wow! Neat! science products at EI!  Here’s a quick preview of a few.

New Science productsThe first is a classic demonstrative device that can be used to teach about air pressure and its effects.  The product is called The Bernoulli Blaster.  What is it that levitates the ping pong balls up and out of the clear tube?  Physics teachers debate whether this apparatus provides an example of Bernoulli’s Principle or rather viscous drag.  Wherever you come out on the issue, you can, depending on the age of your students, simply demonstrate a wonderful discrepant event or carry on the debate.

Solar Charger - New Science ProductsEducational Innovations is also introducing two new items to its line of solar products.  One is a USB Solar Charger that students must assemble before they can use the power from the sun to charge their cell phones or tablets!  This is a great project for science camps, clubs, or homeschoolers that requires only a basic understanding of electrical circuitry and solar energy.  For younger students, we are introducing Solar Bug Bot Kits. In less than 20 minutes students can assemble and paint these jittery creatures powered by the sun.

Solar bugs new productgrn635In addition to our array of other green energy products, we now offer a new line of wind turbines.  EI now carries PicoTurbine® and KidWind® products.  The KidWind Basic Wind Experiment Kit is affordable and allows young scientists to test many variables that deal with wind power and energy.  For your higher-level students, we also have the Advanced Wind Experiment Kit that gives students the opportunity to explore generator design, airfoils and gearboxes.  Either kit will allow users to design and cut their own turbine blades so they can control the many variables associated with engineering the perfect wind turbine.  We have also decided to carry blade consumables, so you can supply all of your classes with the materials they need to carry out all their creative ideas!

car500Speaking of variables, EI now has an Ultralight Car Kit that enables students to change both the mass and force of their car. By adding nickels to the pre-drilled slots, students can easily change the mass.  By winding the rubber band that is connected to the axle, your students can vary the amount of force that is used to propel their car.  What a great way to explore the effects of mass and force on the performance of their vehicle!

In addition to carrying the full line of OHAUS balances, EI has decided to also include the full line of Adam and A&D balances to give more options to the classroom teacher.

Since this is just a small sample, be sure to check out all our new products on our website:  www.teachersource.com.  And remember, we would never carry a product that we wouldn’t use in our own classrooms.  Educational Innovations – Teachers Serving Teachers for more than 19 years!


The Chemistry of Silver Tarnish


Ted BeyerEvery Dark Spoon has a Silver Lining – Using Chemistry on Silver Tarnish

by: Ted Beyer

The holidays have just passed, and for most people, part of the celebration involves getting out the “good” china and flatware to set a festive table. Like most people, I have a few pieces of silver and silver plate that don’t get a lot of use, but are nice to use on special occasions. Thing is, over time, silver tarnishes – it turns dark, and if allowed to continue long enough, it turns black. So out comes the polish and you get to spend all kinds of time polishing it. And with silver plated items, if you do that often enough, eventually, you will polish the silver completely off!

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Tarnished Silver Platter-2

But wait – science will come to the rescue!

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Spouting Off in the Classroom


photo-copy-21The Chinese Spouting Bowl

by: Ted Beyer

When we are at one of the many educational shows we attend each year, teachers often ask what our favorite products are. I always point at two items – our eddy current materials (here’s that post!) and The Chinese Spouting Bowl. When I mention the bowl, invariably I hear – “yeah, I have seen that in the catalog – does it really work?” The simple answer is yes, yes it does. It not only works, it is amazing to see work, not that hard to make work, and most importantly, it can also be a powerful teaching tool. In fact, the Chinese Spouting Bowl is an ancient and fascinating object that can bring many different science scientific principals into the classroom in an unexpected way.Spouting Bowl 2

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