Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

For most of my life growing up in the Jackson Hole area (Star Valley – Thayne, Wyoming) I would cross this bridge to and from trips to spend time viewing the Grand Tetons, to make a stop at Kmart, go to a movie, or to eat at Bubba’s.  The bridge is now history, and I think of all that went into this process:  especially the science and math…Enjoy!






Read it here:  How many Earths?

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The Moon…

Posted: March 16, 2012 in Education, Exploration, Learning, Science

Evolution of the Moon

Tour of the Moon

16% of Cell Phones Have Poop on Them

I downloaded Phun, a wonderful, FREE, physics program this weekend.  With five children at my house it is a test bed for innovation and exploration, and my boys are especially interested in this application.  The girls will be to once they get a chance to get their hands on it!  The following is a video of what Phun can do

Two interesting articles I have come across:

An Orbital Tour

“One of my favorite orbit tracks starts over the equator southwest of Hawaii. At this point, looking down you will just see water and clouds. The Pacific Ocean is a deep bright blue color…” (Earth Observatory – NASA)

Eight New Human Genome Projects Offer Large-scale Picture Of Genetic Difference

“A nationwide consortium led by the University of Washington in Seattle has completed the first sequence-based map of structural variations in the human genome, giving scientists an overall picture of the large-scale differences in DNA between individuals. The project gives researchers a guide for further research into these structural differences, which are believed to play an important role in human health and disease. The results appear in the May 1 issue of the journal Nature.” (Science Daily)

These pictures are very interesting.  See all at!!!


“Lava Rises From the Deep”
Photo by Landsat 7
“The Big Island of Hawaii rises 33,474 feet above the floor of the Pacific Ocean and lies over an unusually warm part of the Earth’s interior. This hot spot has produced the volcanoes that make up the Hawaiian archipelago. The three most recently active volcanoes—Kilauea, Mauna Loa and Loihi—rise out of the spot. Other, less-active and dormant volcanoes in the archipelago used to lie here as well, but the natural movement of the Pacific tectonic plate has carried them away to the northwest. This unusually detailed image was taken primarily in the infrared spectrum, allowing us to see the volcanoes’ hidden underwater bases.”

Einstein RingThe NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a never-before-seen optical alignment in space: a pair of glowing rings, one nestled inside the other like a bull’s-eye pattern. The double-ring pattern is caused by the complex bending of light from two distant galaxies strung directly behind a foreground massive galaxy, like three beads on a string.” Cool!!!

Read this interesting Business Week article: “The Science Education Myth

“Forget the conventional wisdom. U.S. schools are turning out more capable science and engineering grads than the job market can support…” by Vivek Wadhwa

Journey of Mankind The Bradshaw Foundation has an interesting interactive online presentation called “Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World.” Their site states:

“The Bradshaw Foundation, in association with Stephen Oppenheimer, presents a virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160,000 years. The map will show for the first time the interaction of migration and climate over this period. We are the descendants of a few small groups of tropical Africans who united in the face of adversity, not only to the point of survival but to the development of a sophisticated social interaction and culture expressed through many forms. Based on a synthesis of the mtDNA and Y chromosome evidence with archaeology, climatology and fossil study, Stephen Oppenheimer has tracked the routes and timing of migration, placing it in context with ancient rock art around the world.”



Posted: August 9, 2007 in Education, Science, That's interesting!

I first saw this YouTube video at think:lab.  What a great science experiment:  invisible water!

This site, for me, is an oldie but a goodie: Science News for Kids. As their site states:

“Science News for Kids is a new Web site devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 14.

Our goal is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials.

Our emphasis is on making the Web site appealing by offering kids opportunities to comment on and grade the subject matter, get ideas for science projects, and try out mathematical puzzles. At the same time, we offer teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms.”

I came across today and found their K-6 activities quite engaging.  The “tutorials” are divided by grade level and subject area, and I was able to do all the activities I tried without registering.  Give it a go to see if it is something that can be used with content and students in your classroom.