25 Sep

Cool Swirling Milk Demo

http://chemistry.about.com/In a shallow saucer of milk, place some drops of different color food coloring (in the center, or near the outside rim).  The food coloring will just sit there.  Using a cotton swab, or an eye dropper, apply a small amount of dishwashing liquid somewhere close to or far away from the food coloring drops. 

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22 Sep

Thanks to our Electronic Research Administration for our Website

On Monday, September 20th, 2010, we went live with the new look of the DISCUS website that you see now.  As DISCUS Director, I want to personally thank Rajat Mittal and her team, Aditya Mone, Duy Anh, and Anitha Royappan, from the U.T. Arlington Electronic Research Administration, for putting this together and getting it working.  Special thanks go to Aditya

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22 Sep

Popular Science Almanac for Kids from BrainPOP.com

This book is developed and distributed by the many contributors behind BrainPOP.com.  It provides a wide ranging overview of many things cool and interesting in the world of science.  The book is mostly full of various information and science facts (Did you know…?), but it also has a bunch of activities and projects intersperseed throughout.  A

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22 Sep

Science Wizardry for Kids by M. Kenda and P.S. Williams

Visit your local library or bookstore to pick up this compendium of fun and engaging science projects and experiments (multiple editions available, published by Barron’s Educational Series). These activities appear to be best suited for elementary to early middle school-age students; they cover a wide range of subjects, including life science, geology, chemistry, and astronomy, among others.  The

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18 Sep

Meniscus.exe and other useful freeware

JABE Educational Software is a software package that has many stand-alone programs, which can be used to illustrate various physical concepts.  Importantly, on their site, there are also several free utilities available.  One of them is a graduated cylinder graphics program (meniscus.exe), which was used to make the pictures shown here.  This can be a great

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14 Sep

Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share is a versatile teaching strategy that emphasizes peer-learning in order to grasp new concepts.  Students who have been introduced to a new concept are given the opportunity to contemplate new material.  They then pair together with another student and share their understanding of the concept.  This strategy can be used during virtually any lesson, especially

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14 Sep

SCIE 5307 Summer 2009

Many of the lesson plans which currently populate the DISCUS website have been developed by current and aspiring teachers.  Soon after the grant which funds DISCUS was awarded (summer 2009), Jennifer Cruze and I instructed a Science Education course at U.T. Arlington, where we had a fantastic bunch of teachers working to earn their MAIS

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