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  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

    We often ask kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Obviously, they can only answer and aspire to a field that is within their experience and this is too often severely limited. I think it would… Read More

  • Inevitable Distortions in a Flat Map of the World

    A real depiction of the sizes and  positions of continents is given by looking at a globe. However, flat maps are far more convenient to use. Unfortunately, as the following video shows, it is not possible to make a flat… Read More

  • Growth of crystals

    This video shows the growth of ice crystals on soap bubbles. enjoy!

  • Human evolution: A new discovery

    A new discovery of fossil skull and bones in Morocco push the origin  of modern humans (Homo sapiens) back another hundred thousand years to some three hundred thousand years ago. See the article at the link below.

  • Fake News, How to distinguish

    Accusations of  “fake news” need to be taken seriously. If we can’t tell what to believe, we are indeed lost. Therefore, a challenge to us as educators is to teach students how to distinguish between real news and fake news…. Read More

  • Discovering Scientific Information; Science Fair Project

    Some people challenge scientific information with the question, “How do they know that?” The following link provides the steps of how scientific information is derived. Each step from making an observation and asking a question, through conducting further observations, drawing conclusions,… Read More

  • Ant Farms, Do it yourself

    Do-it-yourself ant farms are easy to assemble; ants can be collected from your backyard; kids are fascinated watching them, and they can lead into any number of additional lessons e.g. animal needs, adaptations, habitats, ecology, etc. For directions/videos Google: “ant farm… Read More

  • Thinking! Teaching Critical Thinking

    Consider people who test as knowing the same information (have learned the same facts). Yet, some are able to utilize that information in solving problems and reaching rational conclusions, i.e., think critically, and some aren’t. What makes the difference? Research… Read More

  • Bumble Bee Intelligence

      It has generally been thought that insects act entirely by instinct. The power of thinking, it was thought, is a trait of higher animals alone. A recent article in Science upsets this idea. Bumble bees were presented with a… Read More

  • Global Warming, Climate Change

    There are many people who still deny climate change/global warming. Can such denial stand up to evidence and rational reasoning? For understanding global warming a key observation, which can be easily demonstrated, is the following. Given a constant heat input, a body… Read More