Chemistry: Energy Shell Peace Flags

A few years ago I was teaching a middle school science class at an SEL school. Because of the school’s alternative nature, I was allowed to use whatever creative methods I wanted to help the kids to understand math and science. In comes¬†the Periodic Table of Elements. It’s pretty fascinating stuff, but not so much …

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Tinker Crate – Biomechanical Hand!

Our first monthly Tinker Crate subscription adventure brought us a Biomechanical Hand!
Two middle school students had fun putting this together. Here’s their progress in pictures.

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Owl Pellet Dissection I

When I was in college, one of my favorite final exams was in my ichthyology lab course (the study of fish). We had to take the head of a mysterious fish and identify it, boil it in a pot of water at home, collect all of the bones and cartilage that settled at the bottom …

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Fun With Microscopes II

In Fun With Microscopes I we learned a little about how a microscope works by bending light in the lens to make an image larger, and that we can take photographs of the object through the eyepiece. In this post, I’ll show you how to attach insects and larger specimens to the base of the …

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Fun With Microscopes I

Oh microscope, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Microscopes have to be one of the coolest inventions ever (the actual inventor is up for debate, but many vote for Zacharias Jansen, and later refined by Anton van Leeuwenhoek). To be able to manipulate a small amount of light enough to bend …

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