With holidays approaching, it’s time to make up my list (and check it twice) of the loved ones I’d like to celebrate with gifts. Sure, some ambitious folks may already have their holiday shopping “in the bag,” so to say. But for the rest of us, here are some unique ideas for science-based gifts.
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!
Who doesn’t love things that glow? Around this time every year, we get a lot of questions about how to make various objects glow in the dark. Which products will glow longest? Which are best for mixing with liquids? How do they work? Fear not! The answers are here.
Adaptation. As science teachers, we know what it means. According to Biology Online, adaptation is “the process or the state of adjusting or changing to become more suited to an environment; the trait as a result of the process.”