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A new, collaborative resource for learning computer programming, 3D modeling, computer simulations, etc, NCLab has a K-12 training program & includes open source textbooks with teacher solutions. From their website:

NCLab is a Windows-like desktop that runs in your web browser and is connected to the cloud. It provides easy access to advanced computer-based technologies including computer programming, 3D CAD modeling, computer algebra, simulations in physics and chemistry, and many more. No need to install or maintain any software on your own computer. Users can access their projects from anywhere, at any time, and collaborate in real time.

Oscillate” is an animation created by Daniel Sierra as part of his thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. The animation begins with a single suspended string. When the music strikes its beginning note, the string appears to be plucked, and then to oscillate, much like a sine wave. As the music builds, the single string becomes a chord. Daniel’s aim was to reflect the interference behavior of multiple waves when combined. What results in a beautiful animation and audio track.

 

 

Citizen science is also referred to as “crowd-sourced” science because it uses data collected by people in the community who are not necessarily professionals in a science field, but still have a love of science and want to contribute to important scientific research. There are many opportunities to participate – whether your interest is in amphibian populations, bee studies, water monitoring, or contributing to microbe research in space! SciStarter is a great website that helps match up people with their science interests. —  It’s a great way to get your kids involved in science and to contribute to something greater.

‘A Boy and his Atom’ is a cute little video made by nanophysicists at IBM. This stop-motion video was created by magnifying atoms 100 million times with a scanning electron microscope, and then moving the atoms frame by frame. By creating the film entirely out of atoms, the scientists hope to highlight work being done with data memory through atom movement & to inspire future generations of scientists. You can watch how the video was created here.

Did you know Friday, April 19th was National DNA Day? Who knew?! The Prometheus Academy is celebrating by providing fun, hands-on lab activities for kids on Friday, April 19th from 11am – 2pm. Here are few of the activities:

  • DNA modeling,
  • extracting your own DNA (and wearing as a necklace),
  • learning to use micropipettes, and
  • learning to run gel electrophoresis equipment

Sign up for a 11am or 12:30 pm time slot, with Deborah, Deborah.Hill(_at_)ThePrometheusAcademy(_dot_)com

I wanted to share some cool art+science that my son created with his homeschool science class. The teacher had the the kids collect materials to use for SEM photos & then colorize those images. She turned it into a contest, with the winners receiving science posters and other educational science swag. I completely love how his turned out, and kudos to his teacher for coming up with this idea!

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for comparison, the original SEM photo he took of one of his images

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Amy P. Jackson has always had a life-long dream of traveling to outer space. She even applied to NASA Astronaut program two years ago. What I really admire is that she has used her love of astronomy to educate children and her local community through her classes at Starry Sky Austin. You can help her to obtain her life-long dream of traveling to outer space simply by voting for her in the Axe Apollo Space Academy competion.

For more info about her Starry Sky Austin classes & to see her cute video, look here: http://www.starryskyaustin.com