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Aviation Day: The history of flight

Posted by Jessica Witman on August 19, 2021

National Aviation Day is August 19. It seems only right to celebrate the marvel that is aviation. We are living in a world where you can fly from one side of the country to the other in a matter of hours, take romantic hot-air balloon rides, have family fun on windy days flying kites, watch real-time space flights never before thought of, and have a drone deliver packages to your door. But to understand how we got to this point, we need to look into the past.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Science, STEM, Engineering, Hands-on Learning, Physics

Countdown to liftoff: How rockets launch into space

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 13, 2021

Even though 2020 was a challenging year for so many reasons, space exploration continued to reach new heights. SpaceX launched their first astronaut mission, the Perseverance rover was sent to Mars to seek signs of ancient life, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe successfully collected material from asteroid Bennu, and many more historic discoveries happened! The launch schedule for 2021 isn’t short either! Not to mention the most recent launch to space Jeff Bezos took in his rocket ship, New Shepard, which is designed to serve the market for space tourism. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Science, Technology, STEM, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics, innovate

Sound experiments for students: Going analog with a tin can telephone

Posted by Deidre Galloway on January 19, 2021

January 19 is National Tin Can Day. Yep, there really is a day for everything it seems. So why recognize this one? Well, we can’t pass up the opportunity for some hands-on learning! Tin cans are celebrated for the advancements they brought to food preservation in the early 1800s. Outside of their primary purpose, I’m thinking about celebrating the science of the tin can telephones. The Guinness World Record for the longest functioning tin can telephone is 796 feet!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics, innovate

Get bowled over at home or in the classroom

Posted by Admin on August 03, 2020

Summer means it’s a great time for indoor sports and activities to help keep cool, and, for me, that always includes bowling! Bowling is one of those awesome pastimes I like because I can take any of my friends, regardless of skill level, and we can all have a good time, hang out, and easily social distance.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Homeschool, STEM, Engineering, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics

Yo-Yo physics: Practice the science that make yo-yos so much fun

Posted by Patty Cooke on June 13, 2020

When I was in fifth grade, I was almost in a yo-yo commercial. Looking back now, I wonder if knowing the physics behind yo-yoing would have helped me land that commercial. Who knows? Maybe I’d be a famous actress – or yo-yoer – by now.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Trends, Activities, Hands-on Learning, Physics