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Evolution of the Moon

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Evolution of the MoonFrom year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn't always look like this. Thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon's history. Learn more in this video!

 

 

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Periodic Table Table

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Theo's Periodic Table TableTeachable Moment: Who wouldn't want to have a tangible periodic table... the fact that Theo Gray made an actual table out of it is a bit quirky but an engaging way of doing it!

Some people collect stamps. Wolfram Research co-founder and author Theo Gray collects elements. Step into his office, and you'll see a silicon disc engraved with Homer Simpson, a jar of mercury, uranium shells and thousands of other chemical artifacts. But his real DIY masterpiece is the world's first "periodic table table." Within this masterfully constructed table-top lay samples of nearly every element known to man, minus the super-radioactive ones.

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Interactive Scale of the Universe

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on Wednesday, 29 February 2012
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interactive scaleTeachable Moment:
This interactive website allows kids and adults to explore the scale of the universe from 10 27th power to 10to the -35th power. I love the fact that objects of the same scale are compared. Who knew that Halley's Comet was about the size of Mount Everest? Or that Ganymede was larger than Mars?

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Instructables

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Teachable Moment: I love this web site for ideas of projects to show students.  The philosophy of open source and the clarity of the instructions make this an indispensable resource for great STEM projects.

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.

References: http://www.instructables.com

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FundaGeek

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Teachable Moment: I'm always looking for "real world" problems for STEM, inquiry or team based learning.  I'm hoping this web site will be a good source of ideas.

FundaGeek is the first Crowd Funding service designed specifically for technical innovation – commercial projects based on technology, as well as basic research projects at universities and research institutions. FundaGeek is for securing funding for these projects without giving up equity interest and without incurring debt. Funding is provided via micro-pledges through use of social media.

References: http://www.fundageek.com/

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Science Buddies

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Teachable Moment: Great resource for ideas for science projects.

Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. We have created personalized learning tools, over 15,000 pages of scientist-developed subject matter (including experiments based on the latest academic research), and an online community of science professionals who volunteer to advise students. We also provide resources to support parents and teachers as they guide students doing hands-on science projects. Representing much more than a website, Science Buddies quickly and efficiently matches students with the information that will hold their interest and answer their questions. We provide a bridge between scientists and students, giving students access to current scientific research and simultaneously giving scientists a way to reach out to young people interested in their fields.

References: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

Philip Glass - Sesame Street - Geometry of Circles

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Philip Glass Geometry of Circles Sesame StreetTeachable Moment: Circles have so many fun properties and are a great way of introducing basic geometric shapes.

"Geometry of Circles" is a series of unnumbered animation pieces created for Sesame Street in 1979. Cathryn Aison commissioned Philip Glass to write music for animation based on her storyboard which had been submitted to and approved by Edith Zornow of CTW.

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Pasta Geometries

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Teachable Moment: At first glance, books like this may seem excessive and exaggerated attempts to tease math out of every day objects, but in an era of graphing calculators, math based 3D modeling tools like OpenScad, and vector based drawing tools, books like this provide a great, real world relevance to the underlying math behind complex shapes. It doesn't hurt that it beautifully put together.

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Michael Faraday Watches a Candle

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Teachable Moment: A beautiful reminder from Michael Faraday of the power of observation:  Observe....everything. Think about...everything. And don't interfere. Then do it again until you are sure you have it.

We take for granted that we understand the simple, and have moved on to the less simple. Michael Faraday gave an annual lecture on the burning candle, which is reproduced here. A beautiful read - and even better when spoken and delivered emphatically.

References: http://www.bartleby.com/30/7.html
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1860Faraday-candle.asp#Lecture%20I

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Education Innovations

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Teachable Moment: Great hands on teaching tools.

Ron Perkins' passion for science and teaching took him around the globe. He presented more than 800 teacher workshops in the USA, Canada, Ireland, England, and Norway. He taught high school chemistry for 33 years and was Connecticut’s first recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching. Then, in 1994, Ron formed Educational Innovations, Inc. Ron worked hard to expand this resourceful and dynamic company before retiring in the spring of 2010.

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