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Move Objects with Your Mind

Looking for a way to entertain or just plain annoy your friends? Then invite them over, pull out the wine glasses and perform a mind trick. Well, maybe not really a mind trick, but a trick that uses what else but science. The ability to move an object with your mind is called telekinesis. Magicians and psychics claim to have this amazing [...]

Fun Fly Stick Makes Floating Objects Easy

Static electricity demos are a staple in every science teacher's bag of tricks, but this science demo was different than anything I had ever seen. The Fun Fly Stick was first introduced in Europe and made it's way to the U.S. earlier this year. It's an ingenious, battery-operated static electricity generator that allows you to float these cool tinsel shapes on [...]

Connections in Education

Sometimes I feel like several different people when I talk or think about education.  Most of me can't even begin to comprehend how anyone could not want to learn as much as possible, every passing moment.  Some of me can understand how a person can be too exhausted from the labor and stress of a typical day to even think about [...]

Don't Miss Your Best Chance to Study Electrostatics

By Christy McGuire, ThrivingSTEM.com For those of us who live in the United States it is winter time right now.  Most people think about snow as the main scientific aspect of winter.  Some may even think about the increase in darkness.  However, for most of us, winter also means your best chance to do electrostatics and have your demonstration actually work. Electrostatics are all those [...]

Jefferson County School District – The Teacher Salary Debate

Our office is located outside of Denver, Colorado. The Jefferson County School District is in our backyard. Teacher sickouts and student protests recently made national news when one of the school board members proposed creating an advisory counsel to review curriculum in AP History classes. Those protests and frustration aimed at the majority board members is only a small part of tensions [...]

5 Cool Science Experiments Using Pretty Much Nothing But Water!

You don't need to spend a lot of money on science supplies. Heck, with these, all you need to do is turn on the water faucet! 1.  Okay, ice is water, right?  How do ice skaters glide across the ice so smoothly and quickly?  It’s all about the science.  Get out a dinner plate and put a large glass on it, upside [...]

The Experiment of the Week Keeps Them Interested in Science!

School has started for most students by now, and many parents are wondering how to keep their kids interested in science - and other subjects - after school and on weekends.  My suggestion to these concerned and interested parents is to subscribe to the Experiment of the Week! Once you subscribe, you'll get a super interesting science experiment in your email once [...]

STEM and Humanities are The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter, a film by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an illustration of why we need to build an education system that goes well beyond the teaching and memorizing of facts and the ability to regurgitate those facts on a standardized test. The Heart of the Matter from americanacad on Vimeo. We need to give the students [...]