Chemistry in a Cuppa
Chemistry

Chemistry in a Cuppa

Every January educators from across the UK gather for the Bett conference to learn about innovative ways to use technology in education. This year this lucky chemist had the opportunity to travel across the pond to London...

Working for a Winter Wonderland
Physical Science

Working for a Winter Wonderland

Instant snow is a fun substance for kids of all ages and a great tool for engaging young scientists in physical science concepts related to matter and its interactions. And the new Wireless Temperature Sensor helps to make...

Under Pressure - Wireless sensor inside a balloon!
Chemistry

Under Pressure - Wireless sensor inside a balloon!

When introducing pressure and gas laws, I have always used balloons as a conceptual starting point because they are a familiar item to students. Unfortunately, I could not easily measure the actual pressure inside of the...

An Open Bottle for Inquiry on New Year's
Physics

An Open Bottle for Inquiry on New Year's

It’s New Year’s Eve, and with any luck, soon the music and Champagne bottles will be poppin’. Not only it is an opportunity to raise a glass in toast, it is also raises an interesting science question:How can we measure...

May the Force Sensor Be With You
Physical Science • Physics

May the Force Sensor Be With You

The Force Sensor Awakens! With the release of the newest Star Wars film you can channel your own Jedi powers and awaken your students’ interest by studying the Force— or at least forces. As Obi Wan says, forces are all...

Star Wars Biomes
Biology

Star Wars Biomes

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Luke, Han and Yoda explored planets with alien societies and life forms. We’re restricted to exploring Earth (for now), but we are lucky to inhabit a planet that is full of diversity....

Light(saber) Emission Spectroscopy
Chemistry

Light(saber) Emission Spectroscopy

Lightsabers are not only the weapons of choice of Jedi Knights and those that have fallen to the dark side of the Force, they can also be great tools to introduce emission spectroscopy and atomic theory to the Padawans in...

Impulse Control - Studying Collisions
Physics

Impulse Control - Studying Collisions

The unit on impulse and momentum is always a fun one to teach since it involves memorable demonstrations— like throwing an egg at a bed sheet. It also has great applications to driving safety, something that can never be...