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

Bird Feeding Stations: Bringing Nature to the Classroom – submitted by Dave Gervais

As most investigations do, this one began with a question. I had a log delivery to my house. The logs were primarily birch. What caused the damage to the birch trees that I was chopping up for wood? The holes were too shallow to suspect woodpeckers. I peeled off the bark, fully expecting to see insect galleries. There were none, but my internet search soon yielded pictures of similar damage caused by sapsuckers.

Some of my bird feeding stations have fat to attract woodpeckers. And so, I stood vigil to see if the fat might attract sapsuckers as well. Pictures from my reference book aided the identification.

Setting up a bird feeding station at school would be easy. The cost is minimal and there is no complicated storage. The seed could be stored in class in a steel trash bin. The lid should seal well to prevent attracting mice or other rodents.

Students could participate by taking turns filling the stations. Throwing in a few old logs and stumps would provide a natural setting. Identifying the birds and studying their ecological niche would be a great science activity.  Students could also take part in the bird feeder surveys that are advertised from time to time.

Thanks for the submission Dave!

Science of Ice and De-Icing – Steve Spangler

From sand and gravel to rock salt and magnesium chloride, the people who maintain our roads are constantly searching for the most most innovative ways to keep our road clear of snow and ice. Our science guy Steve Spangler looks at the science of de-icing with a cool experiment you can try at home. Continue reading

Canadian cities rethink removal of fluoride from tap water | CBC News

Two Canadian cities are doing an about face on their decision to remove flouride from drinking water after rates of tooth decay spiked, especially among children.

Source: Canadian cities rethink removal of fluoride from tap water | CBC News

Soap Soufflé – SICK Science | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

Source: Soap Soufflé – SICK Science | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

Ivory soap . . . it’s the soap that floats. But why? discover the secret behind this floating sensation by cooking the whole bar of soap in the microwave. That’s right, a bar of Ivory soap + the microwave oven = a very cool trick! And your kitchen will smell so fresh and clean when you’re finished.

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The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne – TED Talks

In this whimsical talk and live demo, scientist Li Wei Tan shares the secrets of bubbles — from their relentless pursuit of geometric perfection to their applications in medicine and shipping, where designers are creating more efficient vessels by mimicking the bubbles created by swimming penguins. Learn more about these mathematical marvels and tap into the magic hidden in the everyday world.