Using a Mistery Tube to foster Understanding of Scientific Processes

The goal of STEM subjects is not only to provide scientific knowledge but also to establish an understanding of how scientifists work, how scientific knowledge is established and why scientists use models and theories. There are so many different approaches to establish this Nature of Science knowledge in classrooms and besides historical examples or interviews with Scientists, I really enjoy having students develop their own models and theories and test them out. This can be done with a Mistery Tube, a Tube with strings that are somehow connected within.

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How to stack Liquid into a Layer Tower

You’ve probably all heard of how different liquids like water and oil have different densities and this makes them hard mixing together. But when was the last time you actually took the time to admire this effect and created something this magical with science. You can do it today and here is how:

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Scientific reasons why the ocean boosts mental health

Originally written as a guest post on the amazing Blog of my dear friend Mirjam. She’s a very talented oceanographer and science communicator, always curious, engaged in science and its communication and supportive of others. Her passion about oceanography is infectious, especially since her formats kitchen oceanography or wave watching are so comprehensively and considerately written. Check our her Blog, Instagram or Twitter if you like!

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Thermal Imaging Cameras

Isn‘t it amazing, how technology can show us so much more than the reality we see with our eyes? I love love love working with our thermal imaging camera! As you can see, I can combine coffee drinking and experimenting and that means fun (and, depending on the amount of caffeine maybe even fast fun).

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Celebrating Pi Day 3/14

Recently it’s been Pi Day and with my mathematics background, the date was reason enough to celebrate it properly

Did you know? Computers can calculate π up to 12 trillion digits!

There are studies about how role models and important people (like teachers or relatives) influence children and teens to go into STEM fields. I consider myself one of these influenced teens and now, grown up and in STEM education, I can totally relate to those studies. When my mathematics teacher during my High School exchange year came to school on Pi Day, bringing us pie and wanting to celebrate the day, I could really see the enthusiasm and joy she felt for her subject. I feel the same way today, so I guess this must have been one of those moments. There were so many more of those but the memory of my first Pi Day celebration still sparks that enthusiasm.