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Water Jelly Crystals Give Lesson in Transformation and Potential

Sometimes, our students need a little reminder that if they just wait, if they just have a little patience, wonderful things can happen. Many students don't understand this concept unless they see a tangible example of it, and Steve Spangler's…
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The Fear of Becoming Invisible - How Great Teachers Use Science Demos as Object Lessons

We salute and thank all of those great teachers out there who find engaging activities to get their students back in the seats and ready to learn for another school year. If you're a teacher, you know all too well the challenges we face keeping…
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Science of Leadership - Using 2,000 Ping Pong Balls to Blast Kids to Middle School

My oldest son wanted to know if I would come to school on the last day and do a really cool science experiment. Let's see... hmmm... a legitimate excuse to make a kaboom in front of 130 screaming 5th graders? I'm in. But as I started to think…

Science Demonstration Gets Student Council Members Excited About Recycling Project

Sure, you can talk about recycling projects, but what can you do to get kids exciting about taking action and changing their behavior when it comes to recycling? That's the goal put in place by student council members at Wilder Elementary…
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The Science of Leadership - Using Cool Science Demos to Increase Participation in Student Council

In 1996 I was asked to be a student council sponsor at Willow Creek Elementary. We had a problem getting kids to show up to student council meetings at 7.30am. Working with Dr. Earl Reum, we came up with the idea of using engaging science demonstrations…