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I Got To Meet Dr. Woodie Flowers! If you know anything about FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), you’ve probably heard of Dr. Woodie Flowers. Dr. Flowers is an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering from MIT. He has been a mentor for FIRST for a long time, and his contributions to the 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...

For anyone involved in FIRST Robotics competitions, it really doesn’t take long to see the benefits for students.  In addition to building and programming robots (pretty cool in itself), they learn some pretty important science, technology, engineering and math concepts, as well as 21st Century Skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking.  FIRST is also a Continue...

Mentos and Diet Cola The following is an experiment that demonstrates scientific concepts, that can be conducted in the back yard, kitchen, or classroom, and that is a lot of fun for learners of all ages. Concept: This experiment will demonstrate a type of chemical reaction called nucleation.  This is a great demonstration for a Continue...

We’ve been blogging a lot lately about the intersection of arts and sciences in education (a subject near and dear to our hearts).  Yesterday, thanks to the miracle of social media, I came across this splendid Vimeo video featuring some thoughts by physicist and raconteur Richard Feynman.  In it, he discusses ways in which a Continue...

Art and science have traditionally been seen (at least by some) to be at opposite ends of the learning spectrum.  Arts and humanities are training grounds for 21st century skills like creativity, global awareness, and literacy, while science and technology thrive on innovation, experimentation, and technical know-how.  However, these days, it seems the two are Continue...