Tag Archives: science

Student Spotlight: Girl Power!

There are plenty of skills that students hope to acquire while in school — reading and writing proficiently, basic mathematical functions, etc. But one of the single most important skills that anyone can learn is problem solving. A team of 9th grade girls from North Carolina seems to have acquired those problem solving skills . . . and a whole lot more. They’ve developed a system of interconnected desks that turns the simple foot-tapping of students into electricity that can power things like laptops, fans, and study lights. The team... Read More

Books and Rockets: Event Recap

We had a GREAT time at our book fair and rocket launch extravaganza last Saturday. Want proof? Just check out these photos. Huge thanks to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who brought a trio of mad geniuses to help our guests build (and launch!) some high-tech paper rockets. We’d also like to thank Dr. Andrew Aldrin from United Launch Alliance, who dazzled the audience with a very cool presentation on Mars, the moon, rockets, and the future of space exploration. Please remember that all of these fun shenanigans... Read More

Teen’s Invention Could Change Your Charge

An 18 year-old high school student from California won $50,000 last week for creating an energy storage device that can be fully charged in under 30 seconds. “My cell phone battery always dies,” said Eesha Khare, echoing a sentiment that we all share. But instead of just shrugging her shoulders, Eesha put her problem-solving skills to work. She created a supercapacitor, which is a device that packs a lot of energy into a very tiny space. It also charges quickly and holds that charge for a very long time —... Read More

SCIENCE: Space Milestones

Here’s a cool lesson plan involving space, science, and American history. Best for grades 6-8, but suitable for high school students, too. Source: Discovery Education * * * Objectives Students will learn about major events in the history of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). Students will create a visual timeline of the goals, heroes, and outcomes of select missions.   Materials – Newsprint – Paper and markers (for each group) – Internet access – Print resources about NASA’s history and its various programs, from Mercury to the International... 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! * * *

Meet This 15 Year-Old Cancer Fighter

The trouble with pancreatic cancer — best known for claiming tech icon Steve Jobs last year — is that it kills 19 out of 20 sufferers within five years. Why? Because it’s always been very difficult to detect until much too late. Enter Jack Andraka, a 15 year-old from Crownsville, Maryland. Jack has devised a simple dip-stick test that is 28 times faster, 28 times cheaper, and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Its efficacy could save millions of lives, and its potential has already earned Jack $75,000 in... Read More

The Physics of Awesome People

We came across this post on Wired.com, 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

America’s Top Young Scientist is 14 Years Old

When it comes to bright ideas and serious innovation, there’s no minimum age requirement. Ninth-grader Deepika Kurup recently won the label of America’s Top Young Scientist — and a cool $25,000 as well — in a contest created by Discovery Education and 3M. The New York native designed a sustainable, solar-powered water purification system that could help solve a major global problem. You see, there are roughly a billion people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water. There are purification systems available for some, but... Read More

Feature: Google Teacher Academy, V4

Tracey Winey is the media specialist at Preston Middle School in Colorado — and she’s very good. She was recently selected to attend the prestigious Google Teacher Academy, at Google Headquarters in California. Tracey has graciously agreed to share her experience with The Big Brain Club. This is the last of her four installments from the GTA. Enjoy, and be sure to follow her on Twitter @premediawine. * * * Volume 4: What I Really Learned Many of my colleagues have blogged about their Google Experience. I have found their blogs to... Read More

Feature: Google Teacher Academy, V3

Tracey Winey is the media specialist at Preston Middle School in Colorado — and she’s very good. She was recently selected to attend the prestigious Google Teacher Academy, at Google Headquarters in California. Tracey has graciously agreed to share her experience with The Big Brain Club. This is the third of her four installments from the GTA. Enjoy, and be sure to follow her on Twitter @premediawine. * * * Volume 3: Go Change The World! Public education is often criticized. Government, business, and the private sector think they can mandate a change,... Read More