A Closer Look at Magnifiers


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By Donna Giachetti

So much of science depends upon observation and therefore, our power of sight.  But the most fascinating things are often those we cannot see without the help of magnifiers!

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


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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.

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Bugs, Bugs, Delicious Bugs!


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By Donna Giachetti

These days, eating bugs is in the news more often than ever before.  Even the dreaded murder hornets, it seems, are a delicacy in parts of the world!  I’m always delighted when science intersects with popular culture, and edible bugs are definitely one of those instances.

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Plastic Egg Genetics


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By Donna Giachetti

Never doubt our slogan, Teachers Serving Teachers®.  It’s the reason we come to work every day, and it’s certainly the reason for this blog.  On any given day, we actively search the Internet for nifty, new science gizmos, exciting new science discoveries, and as-yet-undiscovered (by us) teachers in the trenches of today’s classrooms.  We love exploring other teachers’ science blogs, videos, and lessons—and we send fan mail applauding their work more often than you might imagine. 

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Build an Artificial Hand


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by Donna Giachetti

Designing and building an artificial hand is a great science fair or classroom project.  It’s also a vivid, “hands-on” way to get your students thinking about how such robotic limbs are used in society and industry.  Whether your students work individually or in teams, this activity is a fantastic experience in creativity, problem solving, STEM, and engineering.  Plus, for some students, it may even lead to a future career inspiration!

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