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 »


The Paper Balloon Paradox Mystery


Educational Innovations Blogby Nancy Foote

Two of my favorite things are bubbles and balloons.  I once had a part-time job delivering balloons.  How I loved that job!  I learned a lot about gas laws.  I found out balloons take up less volume in cold weather and expand in hot weather.  (Some of those lessons I learned the hard way.)  I gained plenty of insight into people… and tips… and, of course, balloons!

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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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Back to School 2019 Discussion Starters


Educational Innovations Newsletter - Discussion Starters

For teachers, back to school means getting ready for new students whose names, faces, and learning styles you haven’t yet learned.   For students, it’s often a nervous time—will they fit in?  Who will be their new friends?   We’ve collected some wonderful team-building activities here.  They’ll make the first days of school more productive while getting your students ready for a fantastic year of science learning (and FUN)!

If you have any team-building activities or classroom ice breakers related to science, we’d love to hear about them!  Please add them in the Comments section below.

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