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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 [...]

How to Use Popcorn to Teach Rates

by Christy McGuire, Contributor This time of year, students’ minds are starting to drift to the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays. Why not use popcorn to channel a little of that excitement into your classroom? Use popcorn to teach graphing, rate, and slope. Let your students eat your props, and you will quickly be one of the coolest teachers to ever discuss rates.Here is [...]

Leopard Reintroduction on a Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, Africa

 By Jody Tilbury, Mud Hut Mama We are lucky enough to live in a wildlife reserve in Malawi that over the last ten years has been restored, rehabilitated and restocked. More than 2,500 animals have been translocated here and there is a lot of excitement that surrounds animal reintroductions. The latest relocation was two leopards that were moved from South Africa to Malawi [...]

Creating Unforgettable Learning Experiences

By April Oaks Growing up, I did not like science.  It was by far my least favorite subject.  I didn’t understand it and it certainly wasn’t fun.  With exception to an amazing physics teacher in high school, I never had any other teachers who helped me see any value in science.  I did have great teachers… just not in science.   Now I’m the [...]

The Science of Witches’ Yeast for Halloween

By Jane Goodwin Back in the days before people waltzed into the grocery store to buy packaged bread. . . even before the days when people baked their own bread using store-bought packaged yeast, people could still enjoy a loaf of light, risen bread.  They used Witches’ Yeast, which people refer to more commonly as sourdough.  The science of Witches’ Yeast is [...]

Indoor Fun: How to Make Science Kids’ Play at Home

By Kristin Fitch From I have 3 boys.  From an early age I introduced my children to basic science concepts.  There was no room in our house for formalities, or serious science, at least not when my boys were only 2,4, and 6.  I was on a mission to encourage a love of learning, and to make sure I introduced my boys [...]

Science Experiments and Activities to Celebrate the Holidays

The kids are home from school and are already saying, "We're bored!" Here are some science activities that celebrate the season while the kids are home and looking for entertainment. Borax Christmas Tree Ornaments All you need is a little borax, food coloring, string, a jar and pipe cleaners to make these beautiful snowflakes that won't melt. Grow Your Own Newspaper Tree Use a few [...]

Five Ways to Inspire a Child's Inner Scientist

By Kristin Fitch of Ziggity Zoom Kids are experts at asking questions.  A typical 3 year old will ask why non-stop.  Why does that work like that?  Why is that man so tall?  Why do I have to do it?  The questions and their inquisitive nature are amazing.  So why not harness that curiosity and introduce your children to fun things that [...]

Carnival of Education: It's So Much Better When You Can TOUCH Things!

We are honored to periodically host the Carnival of Education. Hats off to our good friend Jane Goodwin for all of her work on the latest Carnival. - editor Welcome to the Carnival of Education, hosted right here at Steve Spangler Science! As all good teachers well know, the best education is the education that encourages us all to get down [...]