You Said It! Thermal Energy Product Reviews

You Said It! Product Reviews - Educational Innovations NewsletterTo put it simply, we think thermal energy is cool!  Many of our best-selling discrepant event demos are related to thermal energy, as you’ll see from the reviews below.  With our Ice Melting Blocks, you can ask your students to predict which block will melt an ice cube more rapidly…  Use a Chemical Heat Pack to challenge your class to figure out how heat—usually associated with melting—can be produced by a reaction that turns a liquid into a solid…  Or dazzle them with Nitinol Memory Wire that changes shape upon heating!

If you have a favorite Educational Innovations product, send us a comment below.  We’d love to share your review with your fellow teachers and science lovers.

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Summer Science Humor

Educational Innovations Newsletter - Humor

Relax!  School is out and it’s time for some fun. Pour yourself an ice-cold lemonade, get settled into your favorite chair (or hammock) and enjoy our sizzling collection of summer science humor.  You might also get a kick out our UV Light humor page, from a previous issue of our newsletter.

If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, we invite you to share it as a comment below.

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If Science Icons Had Instagram…

Ronald Carrier headshotEDITOR’S NOTE:  At Educational Innovations, we are always looking for creative new teaching ideas to use in the science classroom.  Like you, we know how cool science is—the trick is to communicate that sense of excitement and discovery to our students.  Here is a social media-based classroom project that we thought our readers might enjoy.  Let us know what you think! 

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Air Pressure Lesson

Air Pressure Lesson - Educational Innovations BlogEducational Innovations’ President and CEO, Tami O’Connor, spent many years as a science teacher in elementary and middle school classrooms.

She was also a professional airline pilot, so you can be sure she knows a few things about air pressure!

One of her favorite air pressure activities at school was the Do-It-Yourself Gyrocopter.  You can download her lesson (complete with template) by clicking on the image below.


Air Pressure Lesson - Educational Innovations Blog

Air Pressure Discussion Starters

Educational Innovations Newsletter - Discussion StartersThe sky (and beyond) is the limit if you’re looking to start a class discussion on air pressure!  Practically anything goes—from balloons to spacesuits, smoke rings to clouds in a bottle.

We hope you have as much fun using these air pressure discussion starters as we’ve had gathering them.

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