Tag archives for Science

  1. Fun Fact Friday: Seurat

    Did you know that Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (famously featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) isn’t painted with brushstrokes, but rather, millions of tiny dots? It’s true! Georges Seurat’s style of painting came to be known as known as Pointillism, and was considering revolutionary at […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Facts!

    A goat's eye. (Jo Naylor/Wikimedia Commons)

    While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are some of the random fun facts I’ve collected! Goats’ eyes have horizontal and somewhat rectangular pupils. In Britain, they call underwear “pants” and they call pants “trousers”. Crickets’ […]

  3. DEN STAR Offers Students a Unique Menu Project

    Student in Chelsea Murray's class works on Moon and Tides Menu Project.

    Chelsea Murray, 8th grade science teacher at Baines Middle School in Missouri City, TX, and her colleague Stacy Vinson, have given their students a menu project – students choose which project they would like to complete in order to show their teacher what they have learned about the moon and tides. Murray believes that this […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: F-35B vertical take-off and landing

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    Did you know that the experimental F-35B fighter plane is capable of taking off and landing without a runway? It’s true! While typical planes need to get a “running start” to achieve enough speed in order to take off, the F-35B (created by Lockheed Martin) is different. It has a unique feature known as VTOL, […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Edison’s greatest invention is retiring this year!

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    Did you know that Thomas Edison’s greatest invention (phonograph aside), the incandescent light bulb, is being retired this year? It’s true! As of 2014, the standard light bulbs that we all grew up with are going away for good. This is due to the fact that they aren’t energy efficient. 75% of the energy a […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Nikola Tesla

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    Did you know that Nikola Tesla, inventor of the Tesla Coil, also invented the AC (alternating current) system that is still used to power our homes even today? It’s true! Considered eccentric by many, Tesla was a brilliant inventor, and was briefly employed by Thomas Edison as an electrical engineer. Tesla and Edison went their […]

  7. Watch the May Science Live Stream

    We made a joyful noise last Wednesday with the May Science Live Stream: The Sound of Science.  Broadcast LIVE from the Community School of Naples 4th grade class, Instructional Implementation Specialist Patti Duncan presented over 25 hands-on and digital ways to teach the concept of sound.  You can view the archive of the Science Live […]

  8. Fun Fact Friday: Quack Science

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    Did you know that research has been done to prove, once and for all, whether a duck’s quack produces an echo? It’s true! There’s an old wive’s tale that states that a duck’s quack doesn’t echo. Acoustics researcher Jonathan Hargreaves, at the University of Salford in England, conducted complex experiments to determine the truth of […]

  9. February Live Stream – Getting to the Root of the Issue

    Join the Discovery Education Science Techbook team for a live broadcast series called  Science Live Streams.  This month, we’ll be coming live from Bay Lane Middle School in Muskego, Wisconsin.   During the Science Live Streams we will help you and your students make a direct connection between hands-on activities and digital resources. This month’s […]

  10. Effective STEM Assessment Techniques for Low-Incidence Populations

    Thank you so much to Cary Supalo (Illinois State University/Independence Science) and Peg Hartwig (Marshfield Schools) for joining us to share their thoughts and expertise in the second event of our “Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation” series. In this event Supalo discussed his work advocating for and creating modifications to drive hands-on authentic lab […]

  11. Beyond the Textbook Event in New Jersey – Join Us!

    Saturday, November 3 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Samsel Upper Elementary School Sayreville, NJ Register at: http://beyondthetextbooknj.eventbrite.com Join the Discovery Education team for a free professional development workshop to help you go “Beyond the Textbook” with your instructional practices. Attendees will cycle through a series of workshops that provide practical strategies you can use in your […]

  12. Must See TV – Tonight!

    It’s not often, in these Netflix/Hulu/DVR times, that we sit down and watch a show in real time.  Tonight, just might be one of those nights.  Tonight, September 19th at 10PM ET on SCIENCE Channel, is a TV special called i.am.mars.  This show documents the artistic and technical process behind Reach for the Stars, a […]

  13. Mythbuster’s Own Tory Belleci is TCEA’s Opening Keynote

    During the week February 6-10, 2012, the Texas Computer Educator Association’s convention was held in Austin, Texas. The opening keynote was Discovery’s own Mythbuster’s co-host, Tory Belleci. He provided a poignant, hilarious look at his own struggle at education and explained why he not only desired to learn science but to ‘do’ science. Tory explained […]