Adventures on the Web

 The school schedule can be challenging; tight blocks are set aside for more activities than the day can fit. For topics that only need a class period to cover, the hectic scheduling is not too challenging. However consider science concepts that tend to require multiple class periods to sufficiently cover. If we try to implement […]

The Forms, Functions, and Complex Stories of Biomolecules

Living organisms depend on biomolecules, and their nature is as varied as the functions they perform. Most biomolecules are macromolecules, which often include repeating units. They include proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Living organisms are literally born from biomolecules, such as DNA, and we also rely on them to build tissue, obtain nutrients from […]


Most of the United States is now in the full-fledged change of seasons from the warmth of summer to the chill of winter. October saw the first snows in the “continental 48” in the Northern and Central Rockies and even farther east in the high plains and upper Midwest. Certainly there is much more to […]

Taking to the Sky: A Look at Aviation’s Heroes

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? — it is the same the angels breathe. ~ Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886. Throughout the years and around the world, men and women have been fascinated by the prospect of flight. Take […]


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 […]

West Nile Outbreak

Ah, the joys of summer: afternoons in a cool pool, walks in the woods, hanging out with friends, endless reading time and a pile of books no one assigned, shorts and tank tops, mosquito bites and itchy ankles. Wait! What was that last one? Along with the perks of summer come those pesky blood-sucking insects […]

Teaching with WebQuests

How can teachers encourage critical and analytic thinking, develop problem-solving skills, and integrate technology into the curriculum? It might seem challenging, but a WebQuest provides students the opportunity to explore a topic while honing these critical skills. And, it’s fun! Webquest is an effective way to incorporate inquiry learning through technology into the classroom.  In […]

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Caring for our Blue Planet

A global celebration for our seas is about to take place! Mark your calendars on June 8th for World Oceans Day. This event is where people throughout the world pay tribute to the bodies of water on our planet that connect us. These waters are indeed our life support system. Water covers a vast majority […]

Engaging in Citizen Science

No matter what discipline you teach, turn students on to one or more ways they can contribute collaboratively with others on meaningful, real-world missions. It is not uncommon for young people, even those of today’s generations, to think that they just do not fit the stereotype of being a scientist. The truth is that all […]

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