August 5, 2013
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
As the back to school season starts, what types of feelings are stirred up? For me, it was always a mixture of excitement and joy over new clothes and school supplies and a knot in my stomach knowing I was headed into a new class with a new teacher. There were so many unknowns and stresses placed in that first day of school.
While some kids are ready and eager to return to school, many face a plethora of fears and aren’t ready to say goodbye to the freedom of summer.
Our Steve Spangler Science First Days of School Kit not only contains activities to turn students into friends, but also engages the kids and gets them excited about learning.
If you are a teacher, you know how difficult it is to enthrall a new classroom of students who have spent long lazy days dulling their minds in the sunshine. How do you grab their minds, shake some oohs, ahhs and laughter out of them, and become the coolest teacher in the school?
August 2, 2013
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
Some of our most popular kitchen science experiments at Steve Spangler Science involve color mixing and oil and water blobs in Lava Lamps. We came across this fun twist that involves color mixing and oil and water blobs, so I had to try it with my kids…
We started with Giant Test Tubes filled 3/4 full with vegetable oil. I filled small cups with water and let my daughter drop Color Fizzer Tablets into the water to mix her original colors. She then used Pipettes to transfer the water from the cups into the Test Tubes. We watched different color blobs of water fall from the top of the oil down to the bottom. It was a rainbow of colors. As they reached the
July 31, 2013
Renault is the first car manufacturer to sell a zero-emission vehicle. They have an entire line of electric cars to suit every need and motorhead.
Their newest and smallest car, the Twizy Electric Car, uses the same tires as Renault’s Formula 2.0 car and a Forumla One-styled steering wheel. The car also has LED headlights, two electric motors, and a screen with real-time vehicle data. The Twizy is a double–person commuter car that looks like something out of the movie TRON, or maybe Mario Cart. Add a little plastic steering wheel and Mario is ready to race!
The Twizy also incorporates an intelligent alternator. This high-tech device captures the kinetic energy used while braking and uses it to boost power, instead of just losing it as heat.
The driver and passenger sit tantum-style. One style will top out at about 45 kph and can be driven without a license. The faster version can go about 80kph and requires a license. This is a car that is open-air but doesn’t
July 29, 2013
Love it or hate it, if you live in the 45 states that have adopted it, Common Core is coming to a classroom near you by 2014. Common Core State Standards are a state-led effort by state governors and leaders. They were written by educators and standards experts. They give teachers, parents and students a clear understanding of what they need to know at each grade level. It isn’t a curriculum but a guideline for educators. While teachers must incorporate the lessons and standards into their lesson plans, they have the flexibility to decide how they will use them.
The Difference Between Good Teachers and Great Teachers
Good teachers hold a teaching degree and want to play a part in the education of children. They love their students and look forward to coming to work. They’ve laminated their lesson plans and reuse them every year with some fun activities. Good teachers show up right before the bell and leave right after and usually don’t attend conferences. They teach their students how to solve problems and memorize facts for the test.
July 24, 2013
Earlier this month, a plane powered by the sun completed its first voyage across the United States. The Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered plane that can fly during the day and night. It uses energy collected in 12,000 solar cells to power four propellers. The wingspan is as long as a jumbo jet and it weighs the same as a small car.
Solar Impulse is seen at JFK airport in New York July 6, 2013.
The plane began its journey in San Francisco during early May when it flew to Phoenix. It continued with layovers of several weeks through Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and then to Kennedy Airport in New York.
The project has taken 10 years from conception to completion.