Inspiring Curiosity with the Atmospheric Mat


Electricity from Mud?! Educational Innovations Blogby Nancy Foote

A curiosity table.  That’s what I call it.  Whenever my students have a free minute (which rarely happens), I encourage them to investigate the materials on the curiosity table in our classroom.

Today I added something new—an Atmospheric Mat.

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An Introduction to the Plasma Globe


donna_giachettiby Donna Giachetti

I have the great fortune of working for a company that inspires—indeed, requires—me to learn something new every day.  I’m constantly scouring online science journals for tidbits on the latest in nanotechnology, the wonders of electrochemistry, or even something as relatively simple as the ultraviolet spectrum.

 
I’m not claiming I always understand everything I learn… but I try my best.  (Hey, I was an English major in college, so I’m not as scientifically inclined as most of my colleagues.)  Luckily, I can count on my trusty coworkers to help me out.

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The Plasma Globe, Inside and Out


Ted Beyer, Educational Innovations, Inc.by Ted Beyer

Nikola Tesla.  Amazing guy.  He came up with a huge number of inventions, but outside the scientific community he is largely overshadowed by his better known contemporary, Thomas Edison.  Tesla developed a stream of innovations that we use every day—things like AC power, fluorescent lighting, on and on.

What you might not know is that Tesla, when working on electric light in February of 1894, came up with the concept for what we now call the Plasma Globe.

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Slime Humor


Educational Innovations Newsletter - HumorLet’s face it—slime is funny stuff!  You don’t have to be a slug or snail to appreciate the humor in this slippery, squishy, non-Newtonian fluid. Enjoy our slime humor!

If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, we invite you to share it as a comment below.

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Slime Discussion Starters


Educational Innovations Newsletter - Discussion StartersSlime, oobleck, and other non-Newtonian fluids are always fun to present in class because they’re so surprising and… well… gooey!  Whether you’re teaching in kindergarten or college, non-Newtonian fluids are always a hit.  They are also a fantastic way to start a discussion on polymers, cross-linking, viscosity, and many other important chemical principles.

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