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.  

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Building Bridges with Spaghetti


Educational Innovations Blog

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!)


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.

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Remembrance of Summers Past


Educational Innovations Blog

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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Wilesco Steam Engines


Ted Beyer, Educational Innovations, Inc.

By Ted Beyer

Educational Innovations has carried Wilesco model steam engines off and on for years.  But why?  They’re just toys, right?  Well, no—they are so very much more.

If you apply some critical thinking to a steam engine and its accessories, you will discover that you have a wonderful practical demonstration of a bunch of scientific principles, many of which are pretty basic.

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