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, […]Read More Minecraft Build Challenge: Photosynthesis and Respiration
Hi all! I am trying something new… CHEMISTRY VLOGS! Join me as I try chemistry/science experiments at home and make videos about them. Chemistry Vlog #2: The Levitation Magic of Density! Density is quite the magical phenomena. It can cause things to float and sink, and when multiple substances with different densities interact with each […]Read More The Levitation Magic of Density
Hi all! I am trying something new… CHEMISTRY VLOGS! Join me as I try chemistry/science experiments at home and make videos about them. Chemistry Vlog #1: Home Made Lava Lamp… But first a riddle: What do lava lamps and the use of pills have in common??? Watch my short video to find out! Plus, if […]Read More Home Made Lava Lamp!?
There is nothing like the relaxing experience of lounging outside on a mild summer evening while listening to a live band play some of your favorite music. This was my view one evening this week at a local outdoor mall. However, no offense to the wonderfully talented band, the water fountain light show that happened […]Read More The Secrets Behind the Water Show
The periodic table of elements… if you are still reading this I am pleasantly surprised! Ever since high school chemistry, the periodic table of elements has become taboo mixed with unpleasant recollections of memorizing each element along with its (sometimes perplexing) atomic symbol. Well, now that I have the worst part out of the way, […]Read More Periodic Players: Oxygen
*To gain a greater appreciation for this post, be sure to read the previous “Evolutionary Mash-ups” posts about giraffe necks, dragonfly wings, and chameleon tongues. I take the best adaptations natural selections has to offer and combine them into one animal. At the end of this post I will combine all four “Evolutionary Mash-ups” animals […]Read More Evolutionary Mash-up: Australian Box Jellyfish
The elegant grasshopper is appropriately named for its breath-taking coloration. This is one of my prized insects in my collection from South Africa. Its bold coloring is to warn predators that it is toxic and will harm them if eaten. Funny how we humans also use red and yellow color patterns for “caution” or “warning” […]Read More Science Snapshot: The Elegant Grasshopper
Lifethroughgreentintedglasses would like to wish everyone a happy new year! To celebrate the new year, let’s break out the chocolate! Some of you may be feeling guilty being invited to my chocolate New Year’s party after you have thrown all the chocolate away in your house because one of your New Year’s resolutions is to […]Read More The New Year’s Resolution at the Top of My List: Eat More Chocolate!