It’s that time of year again.  Summer has arrived.  That means only one thing: the Enable team dusts off their 10 gallon hats, dips themselves in SPF 90 and heads to the Lone Star state for NI Week. For the last 20 years, National Instruments has presented NI Week, a weeklong conference held in Austin Continue...

It’s the summer again.  The birds sing, the sun shines, and a new crop of high school students have graduated and are preparing to venture out into the big, scary world.  This is what their entire academic career has been preparing them for:  to head out, and continue their life-long learning by entering the workforce Continue...

March is National Engineering Month!  That time of year where we thank engineers for all they do.  All the things we use every day to make our lives easier, from cars to computers, were all designed by engineers. March is ideal time to dispel some of the myths that surround engineering.  Myths like… It’s Not Continue...

Distance Education and online learning are constantly evolving fields.  As technology improves, new possibilities for conducting lessons are made available.  But how can educators ensure that our courses do not become too impersonal?  The distance in distance education should describe physical location, not socio-emotional conditions. Videos Certainly being able to research and teach oneself is Continue...

Online learning has taken a firm hold in the world of education.  Almost a decade and a half into the new century, and the once common naysayers who claimed that eLearning was destined to go the way of other educational fads, like New Math, the Initial Teaching Alphabet, or the strap, have been silenced.  ELearning Continue...

Last week, the Enable Education team left the comfortable confines of our spacious and airy office and packed ourselves into a Boeing 737 and fly to Las Vegas, Nevada.  Sadly, this was not to execute some sort of Rain Man-esque card-counting scheme, but rather to attend DevLearn13. What is DevLearn, you ask? DevLearn is the Continue...

The Enable Education blog has spent a lot of time in recent months discussing how to make science and technology subjects appealing to elementary and middle school girls.  That is in part because it is a topic that is dear to our hearts as educators, and partially because it is a topic of much debate Continue...

As a high school teacher, a topic that is near and dear to my heart is at-risk youth.  They are the students who are, through dint of their circumstances, statistically more likely to fail academically than their peers.  This can term can be applied to students from a lower socio-economic backgrounds, students without a stable Continue...

Non-Newtonian Fluid What is it about goo that is so fascinating to humans?  Moreover, when we find out we can make goo in our own kitchens, why are we so compelled to do so? Experiment:  Make a liquid turn into a solid by tapping it. Add 1/4 cup of dry cornstarch to the bowl. Add Continue...

Instantly Frozen Water! Experiment: Put distilled or mineral water in a new, clean, smooth sided, plastic or glass bottle.  Put the bottle in the freezer for a few hours.  Take it out very gently, and the water will appear to be un-frozen (still liquid).  Remove the cap and place a small piece of ice in Continue...

Being well-informed is not the only important skill young people need to understand the world around them.  Getting the news is well and good, but with diverse and omnipresent media and communication, it can be very difficult to identify the stories and factoids that you should believe from the ones that you should not. Critical Continue...

Concept: This is a Science Fair classic!  Demonstrate the lava flow of an erupting volcano by simulating it using common household items.  The teacher in me dislikes this experiment because it doesn’t accurately show volcanic eruptions being caused by changes in the pressure and volume of sub-crustal magma.  The student in me loves it because Continue...