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


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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DIY Bioplastics!


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by Sabrina Smoke

Making bioplastics is a fantastic experiment to try at home or in the classroom.  It’s a fun, hands-on way to learn about bioplastic alternatives that are environmentally safer for our planet than traditional plastics.  Creating a bioplastic keepsake is likely to inspire further investigations and, in some cases, even future careers for young scientists!  Plus, they’re gorgeous!

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Build an Artificial Hand


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by Donna Giachetti

Designing and building an artificial hand is a great science fair or classroom project.  It’s also a vivid, “hands-on” way to get your students thinking about how such robotic limbs are used in society and industry.  Whether your students work individually or in teams, this activity is a fantastic experience in creativity, problem solving, STEM, and engineering.  Plus, for some students, it may even lead to a future career inspiration!

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3D Printing in the Palm of Your Hand


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By Laurie Neilsen

I’ve wanted a 3D printer for a long time, but I live in a small apartment where space is limited.  That’s why I was thrilled when Educational Innovations, the company I work for, started selling 3D pens.  They’re much smaller and more affordable than 3D printers, and they don’t require any special computer programs to use.

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