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
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 […]Read More Insecti-Gadgets Part 2
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 […]Read More Insecti-gadgets Part 1
If you don’t know what Microglial cells are… you should! These things are AMAZING and we are learning more about them everyday!Read More Cells are Cool! Microglial Cells
As a seventh grade science teacher, one of my least favorite things to hear from students is, “why do I have to learn this?” Usually this phrase is said with a tone of voice that hints at boredom. One of the major units this phrase pops up most is ‘cells’. In biology, cells are the […]Read More Cells are Cool! Gun Cells
[To understand the full story, be sure to check out part 1 and part 2.] General Myrmex had never witnessed this much chaos and dismay within her colony before. Their queen had just died. The Great Acacia tree was sick and thus producing less food. The larva chamber was short on food supplies to feed […]Read More The Battle for the Great Acacia Part 3:
Although I openly, and rather immaturely, mock the big purple dinosaur when among friends, I will admit that he taught me to appreciate what the sun gives to us. The popular song featured on the Barney TV show was actually written by a composer named Raffi Cavoukian and goes like this, “Oh Mister Sun, Sun, […]Read More Mr. Golden Sun, Please Shine Down On Me!