Topic - Informal Science Education
November 20, 2013
Each year, Greystone Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama chooses a topic for a school-wide enrichment week dedicated to help all students learn something they may not learn in the classroom.
This year, teacher Mandy Fox decided to make the week dedicated to science after watching experiment videos from Steve Spangler. Mandy and her co-teacher put together a schedule full of science activities and lessons. They chose activities based on what would “wow” the students and get them interested in science.
Mandy says, “it was great seeing so many kids excited about learning more about science.”
The week was packed with small and large group experiments like Walking on Eggs, Burning Money, Iron for Breakfast and Film Canister Rockets. They had guest speakers like an archeologist, forensic scientist, wildlife rescue officer, chemist, dog agility trainer and a robotics team. The week ended with a paper airplane building competition.
Do we even have to state that the kids had a great time? Mandy says the kids are still telling her that the science
October 28, 2013
After several practice runs and dress rehearsals, the students at Coulson Tough Elementary in The Woodlands, Texas broke the World Record for the world’s longest human electrical circuit on October 24, 2013.
Every student in the school, from kindergarten to sixth grade participated in holding hands in a giant circle around the playground to complete an electrical circuit. The school used an Energy Stick from Steve Spangler Science that buzzed and lit up when the circuit was complete.
July 18, 2013
By Contributor Jacquie Fisher, KC Edventures
The Junior Ranger programs in our National Parks are a wonderful way to introduce kids to hand-on science opportunities. Science and nature activities are offered to kids and families are more than 200 of our National Parks and Monuments.
We love the Junior Ranger programs and have attended quite a few over the years. Kids as young as 4 years old can get involved in the programs. Activity booklets are available at the park ranger’s stations or online. To become a Junior Ranger, a child just needs to complete the activities listed for their age group. Many Junior Ranger programs can be completed in one or two visits to the park and some activities can be done at home (or in the car if you’re traveling).
Fun activities such as animal observations, nature exploration and ranger workshops are available. If you have a child who is interested in a specific area of science, attending one of the Junior Ranger programs is the perfect way to extend their interest and learning.
July 5, 2013
One of our favorite kid scientists, Doctor Mad Science, was featured last week in the New York Daily News. His science videos share DIY science experiments and activities to an audience of kids and their parents.
We were introduced to 11-year-old Jordan Hilkowitz a few years ago. He is an amazing online video star who shares his versions of kid-friendly science experiments inspired by the big guys.
He has performed science experiments from Steve Spangler, Paul Doherty from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, Science Bob and the Whiz Kid.
Jordan is autistic and until about six years ago, barely spoke at all. He enjoyed trying science experiments at home. His babysitter Tracy Leparulo suggested he perform them while she videotaped him. They then posted the videos on a YouTube channel they named Doctor Mad Science. Tracy thought the video practice would help his speech and gain a little confidence.
Today, Jordan writes his own scripts and chooses the experiments to perform. He has almost 20,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, and a following on Twitter and Facebook.
“If you had told
June 28, 2013
For the third time, the Steve Spangler team and award-winning naturalists explored the inside passage of Alaska. The group, along with teachers and science enthusiasts boarded a Holland America cruise ship earlier this week for a special Science at Sea excursion.
Alaska is known for its spectacular scenery, glaciers, mountains, untamed wilderness and vast wildlife populations. Science abounds in the largest U.S. state. Cut Alaska in half, and each half is still larger than Texas.
The state not only boasts the biggest land size, but also holds the smallest population of the 50 states. Only 650,000 people call Alaska home. Twice as many tourists visit every year.
Courtesy: Google Maps
Alaska contains more coastline, more lakes, more streams and rivers, more National Parks, more wildlife refuges, more natural resources, more forests, more glaciers and more wildlife than any other state in America. Seventeen of North America’s twenty highest mountains, including the tallest, Denali at over 20,000 feet, are found in Alaska. It is also home to the largest National Forest and largest National