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New Bundles Available from the STAO Store

The STAOScienceStore has bundled together certain resources. These are available as a package at a reduced cost. Each package is listed below and is found in the STAOScienceStore here.

Elementary Resource & Safety Bundle
Extremely Elementary 2 $21
Safety in Elementary Science and technology $15
Hard to Teach Science concepts $30
Total value $66 – bundle price $50

Life Sciences Bundle
Once Upon Life Science $20
Everyday Life Science Mysteries $25.95
Buzz into Action $24
Total value $69.95 – bundle price $49.95

Elementary Resource Bundle
Frugal Science Teacher (prek-5) $20
Uncovering Student Ideas vol3 $31.95
Hard to Teach Science Concepts $30
Total value $81.95 – bundle price 61.95

Middle School Bundle
Help I’m teaching Middle school $20
Doing Good Science in Middle school $36.95
Safe ON Science $12
Total value $68.95 – Bundle price $56.95

Stop Faking It!
Air, Water, Weather $20
More chemistry $24.95
Energy $20
Total value 64.95 – bundle price 44.95

CD Bundle
Buy 2 get one free (Optics, Climate Change and Electricity)
Total value $60 – bundle price $40

Optics Bundle
6 kits $30
cd $20
Periscope $25
Total value $75 – bundle price $55

Chemistry Bundle
A Different Approach to Chemistry Labs, $24
Lab Recipes $12
Safer Use of Chemicals $20
Total value $56 – bundle price $45

Dr Science
All prices are reduced up to 20% and resources are listed here.

OAJE – Essentially Science & Technology
All prices reduced up to 15% and resources are listed here.

SciNews Sunday, February 28, 2016

Rest concussed brains; teeth predict human evolution; acidification slows reef’s growth; harvesting water from air; describing a wave; twin black holes in a star; massive black holes – just a few of the themes in today’s eclectic collection of SciNews.  Share these stories with your students and get them excited about science.

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Calving Glacier

This rare footage has gone on record as the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film, by the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records.

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

Footage produced by James Balog ( and the Extreme Ice Survey (

Chasing Ice won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and a 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. It has won over 40 awards at festivals worldwide, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Before My Time” by J. Ralph featuring Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell.


Graduated cylinders with marbles

Viscosity can be described as the thickness or thinness of a liquid.  A very viscous or high viscosity liquid is thick and a low viscosity liquid is thin.  A high viscosity liquid may have either more particles or more complex particles in a specific volume.  The resistance to flow demonstrated by a high viscosity liquid is sometimes the result of internal friction between the particles of the liquid.

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