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College Students & Screaming Balloons

I love to watch actual students doing actual experiments, and my college students and their screaming balloons turned an ordinary writing lab into a writing AND science lab! Starting at the Stonegate Arts and Education Center in Bedford, Indiana, my Ivy Tech students and I ended our writing lab by discussing how writers sometimes have to describe something in an unusual way. [...]

Oh, Those Middle School Students!

Let me ask you something: what do you remember about middle school?  I’ve been asking a lot of people this question, and I was frankly pretty surprised that most of these people either remembered very little about it or remembered it as a traumatizing experience.  Most of them, however, remember one or two teachers at that level who are beloved even [...]

Students Break World Record for Longest Human Electrical Circuit Using Energy Stick

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 [...]

High School Students Get a Kitchen Science Lesson with Homemade Ice Cream

Students taking a culinary class at Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Indiana experimented using our Sick Science! Homemade Ice Cream recipe in class last week. They were studying the different ways to make ice cream. They first made ice cream using a churn and then tried our way using a Zip-Loc bag and a lot of ice. The students and [...]

YouTube Star Teacher Karen Mensing Opens Up a World of Learning with Her Students

Second Grade Teacher Karen Mensing is a gifted specialist in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She is a teacher who knows how to get her students to bring what they've learned to the dinner table each night by providing her students with hands-on learning opportunities and real world experiences through technology. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFi7HTrkMKA  Mensing was named Arizona's Gifted Teacher of the Year for [...]

Chicago Teachers on Strike – 350,000 Students Out of School

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Members of the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Monday after talks with the Chicago Public Schools ended without resolution late Sunday night. School board President David Vitale said the district changed its proposal 20 times during the talks and did not have much more to offer. The district did offer teachers a 16 percent pay raise over [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Students

By Blog Editor Susan Wells  Whether you are required to participate in your school's science fair or if you are trying to decide whether or not to volunteer to participate, the hardest part of getting started is finding a project. I have organized my school's science fair for several years now, and I have found that once the project is picked, the kids [...]