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Fun Fact Friday: Fireworks

Fun Fact Friday: Fireworks

Did you know that fireworks were invented in China, during the 7th century? It’s true! The festive pyrotechnics were traditionally used in celebrations like Chinese New Year, and their popularity eventually spread to become a mainstay in events around the world. Of course, here in the US, we typically associate fireworks with Independence Day, and


What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of conversations surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Recently these conversations are growing in sophistication to much deeper and meaningful discussion about what the standards are and their impacts on teaching and learning.  The primary focus has been


Fun Fact Friday: One Adorable Octopus

(Photo: MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE) Did you know that scientists have recently discovered what they believe to be a new species of octopus, and it’s so cute that they’re seriously considering naming it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis? It’s true! This adorable little lady, whose webbed tentacles make it appear almost as if she’s wearing a skirt,


Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Fact Roundup!

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 more random, interesting, strange, and fun facts I’ve collected! Alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a rare neurological disorder that causes hand movement without the person being aware of


Infuse the MAKER Spirit into Your K-5 Classroom

Infuse the MAKER Spirit into Your K-5 Classroom   Has the springtime slump hit your classroom? Discovery Education and Elmer’s want to help bring back the excitement with free Maker activities from Science Fair Central. These fast and fun activities are hands-on to encourage scientific exploration and spark curiosity in your K-5 students! At www.ScienceFairCentral.com


Fun Fact Friday: ISSelfie, Star Trek Style!

If you read last week’s Fun Fact Friday, you already know that the ISSpresso coffee maker was launched into space, and due to dock with the International Space Station. What you might not know is what the machine’s intended recipient, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wore to greet its arrival! Cristoforetti donned a uniform from the television