May the Force Be with You


Educational Innovations Blog

By Jared Hottenstein

The movie Star Wars relied greatly on a mystical ability called “the Force.”  You can’t see it.  It’s an invisible energy that interacts with everything around it.  A little green guy named Yoda uses this mystical “Force” to move objects around.  Intriguing, sure, but it’s just Hollywood special effects.  However, thanks to science—and Sir Isaac Newton—we know that force is a real thing in our world.  In fact, we use it every day.  (And we don’t even need to summon Yoda!)

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Hydropower Ideas for the Classroom… and the World


Roy Bentley, Educational Innovations

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.  

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Building Bridges with Spaghetti


By Donna Giachetti

When you think of spaghetti, what comes to mind?  Delicious swirls of long pasta coated with your favorite sauce?  Or… bridges?  Yes, bridges!  Creating a spaghetti bridge is a tried-and-true engineering challenge that can be done by students of all ages.  The opportunities for variables—and STEM learning—are (nearly) endless!

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


Donna Giachetti, Educational Innovations

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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Remembrance of Summers Past


Donna Giachetti, Educational Innovations

By Donna Giachetti

Whenever I think of my childhood summers, all my five senses are instantly engaged.  I can hear the tinkling melody of the ice cream truck, and feel the heat radiating off my head.  There’s that pungent smell of sidewalk chalk.  The taste of bright pink Bazooka gum.  And the sight of my kite, inevitably tangled up in the limbs of a tree.  (Anyone remember Charlie Brown’s kite?  Mine was surely a close relative.)

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