by Donna Giachetti
By Ted Beyer
Though they are buzzwords, STEM and STEAM have a real purpose. We all want to get this cross-discipline learning into our classrooms as soon as possible. Yet we often run into a trade off between the desire for MORE and the reality of budgets.
by Becca Fanucci
Bacteria is literally everywhere. In fact, it’s estimated there are more bacterial cells in your body than human cells! Students are always fascinated with growing bacteria. It’s an awesome way to discover which surfaces are dirtier than others… or whether the “five second rule” about dropped food is really legitimate. I usually present my bacterial culture lab during the first week of school. Not only are students engaged, but it’s a good way to review variables and the steps needed to set up a controlled experiment.
By Robert O. Grover
Not too long ago, we traveled to North Idaho and the beautiful town of Coeur d’Alene where the annual Idaho Science Teachers Association (ISTA) was holding the great Idaho STEM Together! Over 300 educators and STEM enthusiasts showed up to partake in activities, professional development sessions, and field trips. Of course Team databot™ was there!
by Will Wharton
At Backyard Brains, our goal is to make advanced science simple! We develop low-cost versions of high-tech devices to make entry-level neuroscience and human physiology experiments available to everyone.
New to Educational Innovations is Backyard Brains’ Heart and Brain SpikerBox. This simple device makes it easy for teachers and students to record electrical signals from your heart, brain, and eyes—making previously “advanced” science experiments much more accessible for all. Read the rest of this entry »