Planting the Seeds of Science with School Gardens
Life Science • Physical Science

Planting the Seeds of Science with School Gardens

School gardens are sprouting up all over the place. Planting and cultivating a school garden is much more than an engaging outdoor activity. It can also provide meaningful context to students’ academic endeavors and be...

Heat Up Your Lab with This Cool Activity
Chemistry

Heat Up Your Lab with This Cool Activity

It’s back-to-school time, so start off the year by engaging in a cool(ing) activity during the final dog days of summer. Cooling towels are becoming increasingly popular at summer sporting events and activities. But how...

Measuring Our Way Through the Streets of Philadelphia
All Subjects

Measuring Our Way Through the Streets of Philadelphia

What better way to spend the days leading up to the U.S. Independence Day than to do some data-logging throughout the city where our government was born? As host of the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education...

Tie Dye Inquiry: Engineering More Vibrant Colors
Chemistry

Tie Dye Inquiry: Engineering More Vibrant Colors

Congratulations— you and your students have almost made it through another school year! There’s still time for some hands-on labs and now, more than ever, is the time to tie in some fun with your lesson.Tie dying is...

Earth Day and Water Conservation
Biology • Earth Science • Environmental Science

Earth Day and Water Conservation

California is in the grips of a major drought, as 2015 is on track to be driest year since record-keeping began in 1895! The drought has brought water conservation and water quality issues to the forefront of many Californians’...

Mile High Experimenting
Chemistry

Mile High Experimenting

This spring’s ACS meeting was miles above the rest— or at least one mile above most others since it was hosted in Denver, CO. While we were in the Mile High City, we decided to do a mile high experiment— but in our...

Modeling Biological Oxygen Demand
Biology • Earth Science • Environmental Science

Modeling Biological Oxygen Demand

Biological oxygen demand (BOD) relates to the change in oxygen that occurs in bodies of water as a result of microorganisms taking in and using dissolved oxygen as they decompose organic matter. These decomposers utilize...

St. Patrick's Day - Green River Spectrometry
Chemistry

St. Patrick's Day - Green River Spectrometry

Talk about luck of the Irish! NSTA 2015 in Chicago happened to coincide with the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities and the greening of the Chicago River. A group of us ventured to the river, with a PASCO Wireless...