KEEPING BIRDS SAFE INQUIRY – by Laura Collins (STAO Connex Inquiry Series)

Teacher and students will participate in an inquiry designed to consider how reflective surfaces of windows might pose as a potential danger for birds. Students will have the opportunity to make observations through field work (community walks), as well as conduct research to learn about birds, their habitat, basic needs and develop a solution and prototype to help protect birds from harm using the Design Thinking approach.

Click here for the complete resource. 

Thanks Laura!!!!!!!!!!!!

🔍 Experiment Of The Week – 9 Layer Density – by Steve Spangler

Density differences cause objects to “float” in liquids that are already stacked on top of each other.

With this science-magic trick, you’ll put a new spin on our famous Density Column demonstration. First, you’ll discover how to stack nine layers of liquids on top of each other. That alone looks really cool, but then you take it up a notch by making different solid objects “float” in the middle of all those cool looking stacked liquids. You’ll surprise yourself and your friends with what you can do with the 9-Layer Density Tower. Continue reading

Stacks of Kinematics Curves as a Card Sort – submitted by Joanne O’Meara of the STAO Curriculum Committee

I’ve been making major updates and changes to my materials in the intro physics course this year. It is the first year we are teaching a yearlong physics class to everyone (10th graders) in  my school as the result of a big curriculum redesign in science, and the first time back to teaching a course like this in a few years for me. I will try to update this blog with each of the new activities and changes as I have time. First up: the kinematics stacks of curves.

Click on the source for more details….

Source: Stacks of Kinematics Curves as a Card Sort

Static Electricity STSE Jigsaw SNC1D1 – submitted by Michael Balzer

This lesson is used for students to analyse the design of a technological device that protects other devices by using or controlling static electricity (such as paint sprayers, photocopiers, lightning rods or grounding wires).  I use this lesson near the beginning of the electricity unit in SNC1D1, after introducing static electricity and charging by friction, contact and induction.

Static Electricity – STSE Jigsaw – Click here to download the entire lesson

Thanks for your submission Michael

Great lesson!!!!!!!!!!