Simple Machines are Simply Everywhere


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By Jared Hottenstein

The science of simple machines is simply everywhere—in our homes, on the playground, at school, in our doctor’s office, and countless other places.  We live with simple machines, often without even knowing it.

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Hydropower Ideas for the Classroom… and the World


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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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Science Scavenger Hunts


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By Jared Hottenstein

How do you make online learning interactive?  I wrestled with that question when my classroom became a computer screen.  Science is everywhere, but we seldom take the time to stop and think about it. 

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Building Bridges with Spaghetti


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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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Custom Kits R Us!


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By Donna Giachetti

It all started with a promotional email: Let Us Build Your Custom Science Kits.  When we sent this to our subscribers, we hoped for a positive response, but we could not have guessed HOW excited our customers would be.  It wasn’t long before our phones started ringing.  Eager voices asked us if we could build kits on germ transmission…  engineering…   virology… light diffraction…

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