Setting Up a Bacterial Culture Lab


by Becca Fanucci

Bacteria is literally everywhere.  In fact, it’s estimated there are more bacterial cells in your body than human cells!  Students are always fascinated with growing bacteria.  It’s an awesome way to discover which surfaces are dirtier than others… or whether the “five second rule” about dropped food is really legitimate.  I usually present my bacterial culture lab during the first week of school.  Not only are students engaged, but it’s a good way to review variables and the steps needed to set up a controlled experiment.  

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Neuroscience, Wow! Record Electrical Signals from your Heart, Brain and Eyes


by Will Wharton

At Backyard Brains, our goal is to make advanced science simple!  We develop low-cost versions of high-tech devices to make entry-level neuroscience and human physiology experiments available to everyone.

New to Educational Innovations is Backyard Brains’ Heart and Brain SpikerBox.  This simple device makes it easy for teachers and students to record electrical signals from your heart, brain, and eyes—making previously “advanced” science experiments much more accessible for all. Read the rest of this entry »


databot™ Enters the Low Pressure Zone


 By Robert Grover

databot™ has been making friends all over the world since arriving in June 2019.  One fun group of friends we have come to know this summer are the science-loving educators at Educational Innovations.

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Back to School 2019 Lesson


Lesson - Educational Innovations BlogThe Index Card Illusion Trick

Tami O’Connor, EI’s Educator-in-Chief, swears by this brain stumper activity as an icebreaker lesson for the first day of school..  Getting it ready is simple… but figuring it out isn’t quite as easy!

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Back to School 2019 TV


EI TV - Educational Innovations BlogThe beginning of a new school year is a great time to consider fresh ways to motivate your students—and yourself!  It’s also a time to have some fun.  After all, in just a few days, the lesson plans and homework assignments will begin in earnest.  Our goal is to inspire you and make you laugh with these videos.

If you’d like to share an inspirational (or silly) teacher video, leave the URL in a comment below.

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