Wild Migrations: Get the 6×9 metre map at your school!

Dear Educator,

I am writing to you today because the Canadian Wildlife Federation is working on an exciting project with Canadian Geographic, and we want to share it with you!


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We are preparing to launch a giant, traveling, migration-themed floor map of North America. It will travel with curriculum suitable for kids from kindergarten to grade 12 and stay at schools and camps for two weeks at a time before moving on to its next destination. Continue reading

SciNews – Nov 20, 2014

This regular feature of STAOblog brings you a sampling of the latest science news that would be of particular interest to your students.  Incorporate these stories into your lesson.  Or, use them as a “cool attention-grabber” at the start of class.  Above all, enjoy the discussion and get your kids excited about science! “SciNews” is published every Monday and Thursday.

Share your favourite SciNews “gems” by emailing them to staoblog@stao.org.

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Challenging the Views of Stephen Hawking

Imagine having the nerve to argue against  Stephen Hawking – certainly the best known and one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists of our time. Physicists Gerard ’t Hooft and Leonard Susskind disagreed with Hawking’s theory of the ultimate fate of black holes.  Hawking had proposed that as matter falls into a black hole, the black hole emits particles which have become known as Hawking radiation.  Eventually, this process causes the black hole to disappear and with it, any information about the matter that fell into it.  Hooft and Susskind agreed with the mathematical basis of Hawking’s theory but couldn’t accept the physics.  In this video, Hooft and Susskind describe the delicate dilemma they faced in challenging Hawking.  Their story is an excellent example of the importance of questioning in the nature of science.

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FREE Teacher and Family Day at the Ontario Science Centre-Nov 29‏

 You’re Invited! 

You asci centrend your family are invited to a free day at the Ontario Science Centre including a special science show.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Special Show Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Exhibit Halls: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking: free before 10 a.m.; $10 after 10 a.m.

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Pneumatic Toys: How to Build Toys Out of Wood with Your Children

stans book2>>> A book review by Sylvia Welke.

Stan Taylor, a long-time science teacher, STAO member, and contributor, has written a great little manual for building cool toys that demonstrate the principle of the multiplication of force. Not only can this instructive manual assist teachers with the grade 8 science curriculum through its hands-on activities but it can also be useful for secondary physics units on force. You can tell that Stan had a great time creating these toys with his grandchildren (his interspersed anecdotes attest to this) and we are lucky that he decided to share his building skills and physics knowledge. It is a great resource for anyone with an interest in building fun toys. Continue reading