Minecraft Build Challenge: Photosynthesis and Respiration

I have found that Minecraft, as an educational tool, is very effective in helping students understand science concepts. When students are tasked with a “Minecraft Build Challenge” in my classroom, they are required to demonstrate modeling skills, solve problems, practice engineering principles, and have fun. Though the ‘fun’ part is what the students see first, […]

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Insecti-Gadgets Part 2

The High Wire Heist The local vigilante known as “Bugman” teams up with a professor of entomology and biological engineering to create a dynamic duo stopping crime in its tracks with insect inspired gadgets. The following is a mission briefing as told by the professor to Bugman. Be warned, the professor is obsessed with insect […]

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Insecti-gadgets Part 1

A Hostage Situation in a Heavily Armored Car The local vigilante known as “Bugman” teams up with a professor of entomology and biological engineering to create a dynamic duo stopping crime in its tracks with insect inspired gadgets. The following is a mission briefing as told by the professor to Bugman. Be warned, the professor […]

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Natural History Museum of Video Game Characters Metroids Exhibit 2: Metroids A to Z

[Enjoy our exhibit background music courtesy of OC Remix! Song Title: “The Loneliest Bounty Hunter in the Universe” Remixer: Pyrus. Composers: Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano. ] Missed the First Exhibit? Click on the link below to see our opening Metroid Exhibit! Metroids A to Z What started as a brilliant solution for an ancient […]

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“Feed Me Seymour!”

Despite the nightmares that we all experience as we recall the man-eating plant that Seymour grew in the hit horror musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” natural selection has not yet yielded a species of plant that feeds on humans. But as humans, we sure do like to imagine the possibilities! Ever since carnivorous plants were […]

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Man Vs. Whale

If you compare the size and brute strength of a whale with a human, this match up should be a no brainer. The size of a blue whale is about 82 feet and up to 330,000 lbs while a human is roughly 6 feet and 200 lbs. The whale wins this battle right? Historically speaking, […]

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A Bizarre Companionship

Some things naturally go together: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, or chocolate and bacon (or is that just me?). In nature, there are other combinations that are very bizarre and unlikely. Different combinations of living things will join forces to help each other survive. We call this ‘mutualism,’ it is a type of […]

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Celebration of the Beetle

As I join my family around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, I look forward to the tradition of sharing various things we are thankful for. My family knows me as the crazy/cool science guy so naturally I have a unique response to what I am thankful for this year–BEETLES. As an amateur entomologist, beetles are […]

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