SciNews – Dec 8, 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.

How do you use scinews in your class?  Share your tips using the comment button.  

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iPad Therefore I am (Engaging activities for Science on an iPad)

Written by Sue DiLaudo – DH Science, Cardinal Carter CSS, Leamington

David Petro -Math, Science Consultant, WECDSB

Grade 9&10 Science – Multiple Strands.

We had applied and received a TLLP grant (Teacher Learning and Leadership Program ) to get 30 iPads (and more) for a 1-1 iPad classroom in Math and Science. Below you will see our slideshow from the recent STAO conference that covers the TLLP grant. The slideshow covers what we got in tech, some of our favourite apps, what our kids did, and some of the issues that we had. As you look at the slideshow, note that there are embedded videos and many of the images are hotlinked. If you cannot see the slideshow, you can link to it directly here

Planning and Running a Science Olympics Event

everyone>>> Written by Shannon Lebel

Imagine how rewarding and beneficial it would be to run a school-wide event based on a scientific theme. Read more to learn how one pre-service teacher did exactly that and how her high-needs elementary school built a strong school spirit while actively participating in meaningful science experiences. Continue reading

Hopping Pop Cans, ala Bernouli

Moving air can pack a powerful force, especially when Bernoulli’s Principle is involved.

The Soda Can Jump experiment uses Bernouli’s awesome principle to launch an empty soda can out of a coffee mug. It’s a hands-on experience in physics that you won’t want to miss. See Steve Spangler’s website for more details about how this works.  Read more…

Click on the comment box at the top to let us know what you thought of this experiment.