Fails, Flubs, and Learning (the Hard Way) that Science is Not an Exact Science


Educational Innovations Blog

By Jared Hottenstein

Have you ever watched science experiment videos on YouTube?  Chances are good that everything works perfectly.  So you grab some materials and try the same experiment at your kitchen table.  But it doesn’t work like it did in the video!  What gives?  The reality is that most science YouTubers edit out the bloopers and fails.  To put it bluntly, science is not always an exact science. 

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“Keep It Simple” Science Ideas


Educational Innovations Blog

By Jared Hottenstein

I imagine every science teacher has occasionally wrestled with the urge to “Go Big or Go Home.”  Who doesn’t want to deliver a majestic display of science that leaves our students speechless?  But I’d like to propose another well-known expression: “Keep It Simple, Stupid.”  (Actually, I’m going to soften it to “Keep It Simple Science.”)

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Your Custom Idea Is Our Mission!


Donna Giachetti, Educational Innovations

By Donna Giachetti

Even our most devoted customers may not realize that Educational Innovations is a leader when it comes to creating custom science kits upon request.  Sure, we have a catalog with hundreds of products, but in truth, there’s no limit to what we can offer our customers.  Have an idea for a hands-on kit featuring feathers, magnets, ping pong balls and pipets?  Sure!  Need delivered to your students’ home?  No problem!

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Unlocking STEAM Power


Educational Innovations Blog

By Jared Hottenstein

Construction paper…  Scissors…  Colored markers…  Glue sticks…  These simple materials can unlock a world of science for kids to explore.  These days, STEM initiatives are already shaping how kids understand science.  But now, with the educational shift to online learning, we’re looking at the perfect opportunity to add “Arts” to STEM.  In other words, full STEAM ahead!

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Simple Machines are Simply Everywhere


Educational Innovations Blog

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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