28 Nov

Tornado in a bottle

The classic demonstration of the tornado in the bottle is to connect two bottles head to head with a special adaptor.  The problem is that not everyone has one of those at home (you either have to order one from a teacher resource magazine or find one at the hardware store).  Well, here is a simple way

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28 Nov

ABCExcercises.org Educational Building Blocks

ABCExercises.org provides a variety of useful snip-its to supplement different teaching lessons in a multitude of fields.  The collection is managed by David and John Turrentine and they welcome additional contributions.  Of course, these would be great components to also build into DISCUS lesson plans.  One very large section of the website is dedicated to science supplements.

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28 Nov

DISCUS Approaching 1000 Users

Following efforts at the Texas State Fair and the Sally Ride Science Festival, we are happy to report that we are nearing 1000 users on the site.  Approximately half of these users are students/parents who will find neat science activities in our Activity Corner to be of interest.  We are always adding new activities, so

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13 Oct

Bright and Shiny Pennies

Nothing’s nicer than a shiny new penny, but it doesn’t take long for those pennies to become old and dull.  However, by following the simple easy steps below, you can make your old pennies shiny and like new again…fast!  You can also learn a little science while you’re doing it.What you need:  A few old

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13 Oct

Egg in a Bottle

Want your friends to think your a genius?  Tell them you can make a hard-boiled egg squeeze through the opening of a Gatorade bottle in one piece, without touching it.  Then, follow the steps below.What you need: a hard-boiled egg, deshelled; an empty Gatorade bottle; a strip of paper (~3 inches x 3 inches, rolled up);

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