From Steel to Sword–Here’s How Blacksmiths Mold Metal – YouTube

This video was created in celebration of this year’s National Chemistry Week theme: Marvelous Metals. Learn more about it here:

This week on Reactions we head to Portland, Oregon, and learn how blacksmithing is just as much chemistry as it is an artform. Continue reading

Why Do Humans Like to Get High? – YouTube

“We’ve told you before that there really isn’t any evidence that animals consume mind-altering substances because they feel good to them. This makes it appear that the fondness for psychoactive drugs is, pretty…human. What is it about our species that makes us so attracted to these substances?”

Hosted by: Hank Green

STAO 2020 Logos – submitted by Amy Gorecki

STAO2020 is excited to announce the reveal of the new STAO2020 logo! With this reveal, our extreme gratitude goes out to our designer, Tatijana Vukovic. Tatijana is a former student of our STAO2020 Speaker Committee Co-Chair, Christian Cepeda. Click on the link below to read find out more about Tatijana!

More info about Tatijana

Well done Tatijana.  Thank you so much for your efforts in helping STAO/APSO promote science education in Ontario!

Link to conference info 

Keep the dates:  March 26 and 27, 2020



Natural Selection Simulation Using Utensils – submitted by David Tillmann and David Boshra

The following link provides a classroom activity that illustrates how a population can change to adapt to a changing food source. Students use utensils such as clothespins to model how animals obtain food.  A variation of this activity was shared by David and David with their  colleagues at UofT Faculty of Education. Continue reading