Inside a Soda Can – Hidden Liner – Steve Spangler

You won’t believe what our science guy Steve Spangler found inside a soda can. In fact, it’s inside every soda can and it protects the aluminum from reacting with the soda. Steve takes us inside his lab for a chemistry lesson you won’t forget Continue reading

Highway of riches, road to ruin: Inside the Amazon’s deforestation crisis – Globe and Mail

The fate of the Amazon rainforest has never been as uncertain as it is right now. To understand the forces that are shaping its future, Stephanie Nolen travelled 2,000-kilometres along a dusty, dangerous corridor through a fragile ecosystem on which the world depends Continue reading

SNC1D – FRAMING ECOLOGY: THE IMPACTS OF FOOD PRODUCTION ON ECOSYSTEMS

Students worked in assigned teams (heterogeneous groupings) to research and analyze the impacts of food production on ecosystems, to evaluate the sustainability of our food production and to suggest a direction for future food production both in terms of sustainability and having enough to feed the planet. Continue reading

Human Experimentation: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

In the early days of the space race, agency researchers in Russia and at NASA really weren’t sure all what would happen to an astronaut in space. They didn’t know if a human mind could handle actually seeing Earth or what would happen to the human body when exposed to long periods of weightlessness. Continue reading

Heat in the Environment Mini Unit Overview

by LOUISE VAILLANCOURT.

Can understanding particle theory and heat transfer modes help you build efficient devices to improve our daily lives?

Learning goal

  • Heat is a form of energy that can be transformed and transferred. These processes can be explained using particle theory of matter. (Big Idea 1 from curriculum document) (Overall expectations 2 and 3)

Over-arching Challenge

Design (or improve on a design) and build a solar oven that will cook food and sterilize water by applying knowledge of heat transfer by convection, conduction and radiation.

This project is part of the STAO Connex Series.  Click here for more details.  

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