30 Mar

DISCUS on Facebook

Diversity in Science in the United States is now on Facebook.  Pretty soon, we’ll have this blog linked through twitter and then we should be set on the social networking front.  Please visit our FB page and “like” us.  If you aren’t yet following this blog, please become a follower.  Through these media, we can keep

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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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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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08 Sep

ACS ChemClub for High School Students

The American Chemical Society (ACS) encourages high school students across the country to form a ChemClub.  The goal of ChemClub is to provide opportunities and encourage students to experience chemistry beyond the classroom, get involved in community building, and learn about careers in chemistry.  Each ChemClub can have its own unique identity and focus.

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08 Sep

National Chemistry Week Poster Contest for K-12

Each year, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors a national poster contest for K-12 students.  This year, the theme is “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry”.  This competition is a great way to encourage student to learn more about chemistry in everyday life.  The ACS also encourages using this event to set-up your own poster competitions in

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