Science News: 6.8 Earthquake Hits North Island of New Zealand

On December 20, 2007 an earthquake with a magnitude 6.8 struck the North Island of New Zealand. Its epicenter was located about 150 kilometers east of the Taupo Volcano. Even though the magnitude was strong, there has been no damage reported thus far from the Gisbourne area. Other volcanoes in the affected chain include: Ruapehu, […]

Finding Inspiration For Next Year’s Science Projects

Today is the last day of the year and nearly the last day of Winter Break. If you are a teacher, today and tomorrow are a great time to think about what sources you can use in the coming year as an inspiration for your in class experiments and demonstrations as well as for your […]

Ringing In The New Year: What Does 2008 Mean for Science

As we come to the end of the year it is only normal to ponder what was accomplished during the last year and what the new year will bring. This is also the time of year when many teachers think about how they can help their students reach their academic goals by the end of […]

Life Science Experiments in the News Possible Sickel Cell Anemia Cure Found

Last week I talked about the Kyoto University experiment that showed that certain chimps had much better memory skills than college students. This week I want to stay focused on recent life science experiments by looking at a sickle cell anemia experiment that has produced hope for many people struggling with this debilitating disease. The […]

Rock ‘n’ Roll: Using Student Interests for Science Fair Project Ideas

One of the ways that I have found to get kids interested in science is to relate it to something that they are interested in. For teenagers three of the most fascinating topics are sex, drugs and rock and roll. While you may have to be careful about approaching these topics, they can be used […]

Kyoto University ChimpCollege Student Memory Experiment

If you have been paying attention to science news this month, then chances are you ran across, or at least heard about, the experiment conducting at Kyoto University in Japan. This experiment had college students and chimps match wits with a number game. And what the results showed was truly surprising. The experiment went like […]

The Science of Poop: Starting a Dialogue

While many students may not think much about poop, it is actually an interesting compound made up of food waste, bacteria and digestive enzymes. Poop’s composition is based on what the animal that produced it ate. Animals that are carnivores or omnivores have poop that has more nitrogen and odor producing molecules then the poop […]

The Venus Flytrap Inspires New Microfiber Technology

Last week a news article came out that discussed how scientists have developed a unique material that can be used for a variety of functions based on the quick mechanical responses built into the Venus Flytrap’s design. This material is super thin, only about 1.5 millimeters thick. In order to create the quick spring reflex […]

Intel(r)’s Education Initiative: Investing $100 million

Today students need every advantage that we can offer them. As educators, we are aware that providing the resources that our students need to excel in the world is not always easy because of budget deficits. However, there are companies that are trying to lend a helping hand to schools, students, universities, teachers and communities. […]

Science Experiments: Finding Inspiration

Science experiments come in all shapes and sizes. When selecting a science experiment you don’t want to rely on the same tired old ones. To keep your kids or students excited about science, occasionally you have to work outside the box. Finding new ideas for your classroom demonstration that are new, innovative and topical, means […]