Hydropower Ideas for the Classroom… and the World


Roy Bentley

By Captain Roy Bentley

Renewable energy is a hot topic around the world.  What IS renewable energy?  As you probably already know, it is energy sourced by a power that is not depleted when used.  As nations strive to reduce the impact of CO2 and other pollutants on the Earth, there’s a global push toward zero emission energy sources.  In other words, renewable energy.

Examples of renewable energy are Wind, Solar, Tidal, Geothermal, and Hydropower.  

Read the rest of this entry »

Science Gifts for the Holidays


Educational Innovations Blog

By Donna Giachetti

With holidays approaching, it’s time to make up my list (and check it twice) of the loved ones I’d like to celebrate with gifts.  Sure, some ambitious folks may already have their holiday shopping “in the bag,” so to say. But for the rest of us, here are some unique ideas for science-based gifts.

A quick visit to Educational Innovations’ HOLIDAY LAB always puts me in a festive mood.  There are Gifts for Geeks, a plethora of Stocking Stuffers, a special section devoted to Puzzles and Games, and more!

Science Holiday Gifts - Educational Innovations Blog
Read the rest of this entry »

What to Know about Things that Glow


Educational Innovations Blog

By Laurie Neilsen

Who doesn’t love things that glow? Around this time every year, we get a lot of questions about how to make various objects glow in the dark.  Which products will glow longest?  Which are best for mixing with liquids?  How do they work?  Fear not!  The answers are here.

Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching at Home? Adaptation is Key


Educational Innovations Blog

By Donna Giachetti

Adaptation. As science teachers, we know what it means.  According to Biology Online, adaptation is “the process or the state of adjusting or changing to become more suited to an environment; the trait as a result of the process.” 

Read the rest of this entry »

¡La Ciencia en Español! (Science in Spanish!)


Educational Innovations Blog

By Donna Giachetti

I studied Spanish from kindergarten through college.  Used to be, I could speak and write fairly fluently.  These days I’m a bit rusty but—like the old saying about getting back on a bicycle—the skill does come back with a bit of practice.

Read the rest of this entry »