April 14, 2017
by Nancy Foote
The latest addition to my classroom’s Curiosity Table is a Static Electricity Electroscope. The fact that it looks a bit odd made it even more intriguing to my students. Once they began to play with the electroscope, they couldn’t stop. Read the rest of this entry »
October 16, 2015
We love talking about science all year long, but the Halloween season gives us an extra reason to celebrate the countless ways that our lives are touched by science. Whether we’re looking up at the stars or down at our toes, there is always something amazing to learn.
In honor of this MONSTROUS time of year, we’ve selected a few video clips related to spooky science. These videos will grab your students’ attention and help you start a lively discussion.
If you come across a spooky science video you’d like us to add to this list, leave the URL in a comment below or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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April 28, 2015
Sometimes showing a brief video to your students—
or assigning it for home viewing—can go a long way
in helping to explain concepts that might take too
long in class. We’ve selected a few video clips,
ranging from old favorites to new hi-tech glimpses
at the future of electricity.
If you come across a video you’d like us to add to this list,
leave the URL in a comment below.
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October 9, 2014
by: Donna Giachetti
“In the spring
a young man’s fancy
lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Alfred may have a point, but these days our thoughts turn to darker, spookier things—zombies, ghouls, witches, monsters and ghosts (more about them later, scroll down to the end of the blog).
Why is autumn one of our favorite times of year?
Let us count the ways:
- A new school year…
- Cooler temperatures…
- Warm, cozy sweaters and boots…
- A procession of colorful fall foliage…
But best of all, there’s the anticipation of HALLOWEEN! What a wonderful time to be a mad scientist! Read the rest of this entry »
February 26, 2009
by: Tami O’Connor
During my 16 years in the classroom, my students and I have accumulated a plethora of fond and one or two not-so-fond memories. One memory that still makes me cringe deals with the amount of time I spent traveling from one film-processing center to the next, in search of those perfect little containers I made such great use of within the walls of my science classroom. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about…those little containers, which could be used for everything from conveniently and securely storing small amounts of solids or liquids to acting as the engine compartment of the well-known makeshift paper rocket.
What versatile things those film canisters are…
Thanks to Bob Morse of St. Albans, we have found yet another use for those mini containers. In this short segment, Bob demonstrates how to construct a simple Leyden jar that is large enough to produce a nice spark, yet small enough to be perfectly safe, and best of all, durable enough to reuse over and over again! The only materials needed are a film can, a small strip of aluminum foil, a paper clip, a small section of PVC pipe, a cloth or piece of fur to rub on the pipe and a small amount of water.
How to Build a Leyden Jar
In this age of digital cameras, 35mm film canisters are becoming a thing of the past. Educational Innovations can supply you with clean film canisters to use in your home or classroom. Check out the other activities we have for film canisters, and please feel free to share your own ideas with us.