>>> by Don Galbraith
“I Can’t Afford to Attend the Conference”
Yes, we have all heard that expression before. My response has always been, I can’t afford NOT to attend. STAO is far more than just a professional organization. It is a coming together of individuals who are striving to do an even better job back in their home schools. I have always maintained that teaching is the best profession in the world but it can also be the worst. It all depends on the individual. Continue reading
This weekly feature of STAOblog brings you a sampling of the latest science news sorted by curriculum strand. Use these items to enrich your class discussions and engage your students.
Share your favourite Science News “gems” by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
Courtesy of NASA
As of Oct 10, 2014, there are 1832 known exoplanets in the universe, according to the BBC. As the technology to peer deeper into space improves, this number is expected to grow rapidly. But how many of these planets are comparable in size to Earth and suitable for life as we know it?
Check out this mind-boggling app provided by New Scientist magazine to find out. Launch app.
Contributed by: Cory Telfer
…an activity that’ll keep coming back to you
- Structures and mechanisms throughout our environment have forces that act on and within them
In this demo, two polyethylene strips are charged on one end by rubbing with wool. One charged strip is then mounted on an evaporating dish and the other charged strip is used to make the dish spin. Continue reading
By Leila Knetsch
Goal: To increase scientific literacy and practice good literacy techniques
Students will gather four articles on a variety of biology topics. You will be expected to gather four (4) articles and at LEAST two (2) of them must be controversial. The other two can be updater articles. Continue reading
Courtesy of CNET and CBS
Physicists have built a tractor beam out of lasers that can both repel and attract objects across distances 100 times farther than previously possible.
by Michelle Starr Continue reading
Many teachers demonstrate the reaction of lithium, sodium and potassium with water when discussing the trend in reactivity of the alkali metals. Continue reading