The Scream

It is the season for screams—haunted houses with spooks around each corner, Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania are haunting movie theaters, and Jack ‘O Lanterns perch on porches around the country. It all comes to a head on Wednesday when ghosts and ghouls of all sizes will hit the streets in a quest for masses of […]

The Washington Monument: A Tribute to Our First President

There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. ~ George Washington, address to Congress, January 8, 1790 The Washington Monument was built to honor George Washington as a tribute to his military leadership during the American […]

Choosing a President in 2012

Who can vote in the upcoming presidential race, and how do voters decide who will best represent their interests? Students will explore voting rights, the Electoral College, this year’s candidates and the important issues facing the United States today. The World Wide Web supplies rich graphics, interactive games and an engaging short video with animated […]


Fall Leaves

Autumn began on Sept 22 this year. 10:49 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) marked the moment the Sun “crossed the Equator”, however across much of the mid-latitudes, signs of autumn typically begin to appear from Labor Day on. These signs include noticeably shorter days, cooler air, less humidity, and perhaps the most obvious change of […]

The Ups, Downs, and Arounds of Work and Energy

The transformation of energy, from potential kinetic, is how the world works and plays, literally. Show students some great examples and ways to analyze them. By now, students have become familiar with Newton’s laws related to force, mass, and motion. A critical extension of that, is thus, to investigate how energy is transformed from potential […]

The Importance of Elections and Voting

The voting age is 18; so why would kids be interested or concerned with the 2012 election just around the corner? While the last presidential election saw the highest percentage of the U.S. Voting Age Population (V.A.P.) voting since 1968, the gloomy fact is the percentage was 57% (63% of the V.A.P. voted in 1968 […]

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