Astrophysicists find elusive molecule that ‘kick-started’ the universe | CBC News

​​​​​​​They knew it had to exist, but they just couldn’t find evidence of it. Now, after decades of searching, astrophysicists have found verification of the first molecule that formed after the Big Bang. Continue reading

How to Understand the Image of a Black Hole – YouTube

We have just seen the first image of a black hole, the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87 with a mass 6.5 billion times that of our sun. But what is that image really showing us? This is an awesome paper on the topic by J.P. Luminet: Image of a spherical black hole with thin accretion disk Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 75, no. 1-2, May 1979, p. 228-235 https://ve42.co/luminet Continue reading

BETTER LAB REPORTS THROUGH PEER ASSESSMENT USING PEERGRADE.IO – submitted by LAURA WODLINGER

Peergrade.io is a free website that allows teachers to provide a rubric for students to use assess peer assignments. The website allows teachers to see student assignments and the feedback they provide to their peers, while keeping everything anonymous for the students. Continue reading

USING GOOGLE FORMS TO CREATE LARGE DATASETS – submitted by Christopher Austin

Title:

Investigating the effects of humans on the local school ecosystem using the Google Suite for Education with SNC1P students

Technology Focus:

Using the power of Google Forms and Sheets to create large datasets that allow for a rich analysis of student-collected inquiry data.

Description:

Students will fill out a Google Form on the ecosystem data that they collect, which will then be exported into a Google Sheet and analyzed so that students can see trends in their class’s dataset without much effort on either the student or teacher’s part. The students are empowered to analyze their own data while teacher is a guide on the side.

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This resource is part of STAO’s Technology Enabled Learning Collection.  

Why microwaving grapes creates a dazzling plasma light show | CBC News

It’s a crowd-pleasing party trick: Cut a grape in half, pop it in the microwave, hit “start” then sit back and watch the dazzling “grape balls of fire.” Now a team of Canadian scientists has figured out how grapes generate plasma in your kitchen.

Source: Why microwaving grapes creates a dazzling plasma light show | CBC News