All Access Classrooms – Hydroponics

The Big Brain Club is proud to announce the launch of a new video series: All Access Classrooms. The concept is simple. We’ll take our cameras behind the scenes to highlight some of the great things happening in classrooms all across Colorado (and beyond). Are you a teacher looking for new ideas? A student hungry for fun projects? Or just someone who wants to be impressed by the amazing things that take place — but are rarely reported — in schools every day? No matter your demographic, the All Access... Read More

The Collaborative Classroom

Our longtime partners at Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, Colo.) are no strangers to innovation. They were our first Student Publishing partner, they are a nationally-recognized Intel School of Distinction and a SMART Showcase School, and they offer several dozen student enrichment programs (ranging from a flight simulator to 3D Design to History of Rock ‘n Roll). But this year, the teachers and administrators at Preston got really creative when they expanded a single math classroom to include 60 students, 10 SMART Boards, and two full-time teachers. It’s called the Collaborative... Read More

Be a Better Writer: 4 TED-Ed Videos

“There are three rules for writing a novel,” said W. Somerset Maugham. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Funny guy, that Maugham. And while he’s right that there are no official, absolute rules for writing, there are plenty of helpful guidelines to be found. (We really like Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing and Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers, among others.) When it comes to visual writing lessons, the folks at TED-Ed have done a magnificent job pulling together some really helpful videos for writers of... Read More

The Science of Snowboarding

With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games approaching, we’ll all soon be marveling at the raw skill and ability of athletes from all over the world — and asking ourselves, How do they do that? But a new video series produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation helps remind us that it’s not just about the skill and ability of the athletes. Science and engineering also play a huge role. Check out this video featuring Shaun White, arguably the greatest snowboarder in the world. Notice that when discussing the factors... Read More

New Video for Student Publishing Program!

Within the next few weeks, The Big Brain Club will be selecting our school partners for the 2013-14 Student Publishing Program. If you’re not familiar with it, get more information here. In the meantime, it’s not too late to apply! If you need more convincing, just check out our new video, featuring many of the successful students that have already been published: What are you waiting for? Apply to take part in The Big Brain Club’s Student Publishing Program right now! * * * * You should also see: STEAM... Read More

What Do We Do, Anyway?

It’s one of the most common questions we hear: What is The Big Brain Club? We hear it in email, on Twitter, at parties. We hear it a lot. And that’s because word has gotten out that The Big Brain Club is growing, and that we’re doing great work in schools and online. So people want to know: what exactly do we do that’s getting all these people so excited? This video paints a pretty complete picture, and all in less than two minutes. Check it out… and by all means,... Read More

SCIENCE: Electricity Experiment!

We love science experiments… especially ones that only require a few household items. To conduct this electricity experiment from our friends at Cool Science Experiments for Kids, you won’t need much more than a couple soda cans, some aluminum foil, a pen, and a sense of adventure. Please note that students should not attempt this without adult supervision. Here’s the video, but you can also check out the full write-up (along with some interesting facts about electricity) right here. Enjoy! * * *

The Physics of Awesome People

We came across this post on, and couldn’t resist sharing. It’s a great example of the convergence between science, pop culture, and an opportunity to learn something new. Start with a popular, mind-blowing viral video. In this case, it’s People are Awesome 2013, which only has about 26 million YouTube views to date. Then, courtesy of the good people at Wired, take a few minutes to learn the physics behind some of what you’ve just seen. There are lessons here on everything from mass to acceleration to inertia. It’s... Read More