There is nothing more satisfying than building your own model of already functioning technology to understand the mechanisms behind it. In today’s post I’ll show you how you can build your own model of an electric engine.Continue reading Simple model of an electric motor
Using phenomena in science classroom as a means to spark inquiry is a great way to start a lesson or even a unit. Besides the easy access to the physics and science behind the phenomenon, science content can be distributed as well as scientific processes. Students not only learn about basic principles, they also learn scientific inquiry and reasoning as well as experimental skills.Continue reading The Candle Elevator
Science Education profits heavily from toys like the drinking bird or fuel cell toy vehicles. Positive memories from childhood playing and natural curiousity spark children’s interest in the toy and therefore in the content, when used accordingly. Giving them time to explore hands-on is the perfect way of every science teacher into the heart of their students.Continue reading The drinking bird or how toys promote science learning
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.Continue reading Using a Mistery Tube to foster Understanding of Scientific Processes
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:Continue reading How to stack Liquid into a Layer Tower
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).Continue reading Thermal Imaging Cameras
Recently it’s been Pi Day and with my mathematics background, the date was reason enough to celebrate it properly
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.