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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No Place Like Home… for SCIENCE!


Educational Innovations Blog

By Donna Giachetti

In this season of COVID-19, “at home learning” has taken on a vastly different meaning.  These days, if you have a school-aged child, you’re facing a slew of new challenges.  How do you help your child stay on track with her digital classroom work?  Where can you find learning tools that are meaningful AND fun?  And how will you keep your kids’ minds engaged during the summer months?

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Poetry + Science = Wow!


Educational Innovations Blog

By Donna Giachetti

A few months ago, one of my colleagues at Educational Innovations shared with me a poetry web page he thought I’d enjoy.  It was a joyful little corner of the Internet called Elemental Haiku.  (Thanks, Ted!)  The author, Mary Soon Lee, composed 119 science haiku—one for each element in the Periodic Table. 

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Plastic Egg Genetics


Educational Innovations Blog

By Donna Giachetti

Never doubt our slogan, Teachers Serving Teachers®.  It’s the reason we come to work every day, and it’s certainly the reason for this blog.  On any given day, we actively search the Internet for nifty, new science gizmos, exciting new science discoveries, and as-yet-undiscovered (by us) teachers in the trenches of today’s classrooms.  We love exploring other teachers’ science blogs, videos, and lessons—and we send fan mail applauding their work more often than you might imagine. 

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Build an Artificial Hand


Educational Innovations Blog

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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