Category: Math and Science

V-o-r-t-e-x

Use the extreme cold weather to practice and understand integer subtraction.

Huge diamond found in Canada

552-carat diamond found in Diavik Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada Can you tell just how big this gem is?  Do you know how big a carat is? What would this look like on a ring on your finger?

New Horizons spacecraft just flew by a really distant asteroid

On January 1st, 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft passed close to Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object that’s a billion miles beyond Pluto. That milestone marked the most distant celestial object that we have ever been able to see close-up.  In this activity student do some rate conversions to try to understand the delay in knowing that the mission was a success.

Columbus’s progression across the Atlantic

The Niña Columbus Day is a bit of an enigma that used to be celebrated throughout all of the Americas. Indigenous people were not treated well by the European colonization that began with Columbus’s voyage. For that reason, many U.S.states…

Monarchs are flying south again

In mid-August and early September, the Monarch butterflies begin their annual migration south to more moderate climates to hibernate and overwinter.  It is an incredibly long migration and fascinating to observe.  But, the populations data on Monarchs has seriously changed…

Perseid meteor shower

Catching a productive meteor shower can be a stunning experience.  On the evenings and mornings of August 11th and 12th there could be a very good show.  A nearly new moon will leave the night sky dark. Depending on the…

More eruptions on Hawai’i’s Kilauea

The Volcano Kilauea is continuing to spew molten lava and ash on the island of Hawai’i. This volcano is on the tip of the southern most Hawaiian Island.  Is that significant? In this activity students note the descending ages of…

How fast can you run?

In preparation for the Boston Marathon, we thought that an analysis of running speeds might be appropriate.Have you heard of The Six Million Dollar Man?  He was the character in a science fiction show about an astronaut that was rebuilt,…

Hexadecimal coloring

Probably most of us have heard of and even used hexadecimal color codes. Don’t you wonder why their number descriptions really make sense? In this activity we first ask students to color in our Golden Spiral by giving them the…

Saint Patrick’s Day

Green, green river – They’re doing it again. In Chicago, the local plumbers union “dye” the Chicago River emerald green.  Students learn the meaning of PPM (parts per million) and  attempt to figure out how much dye is used to sufficiently…

Curling

Friction, score-keeping, trajectory and weirdness are the main concepts in this activity.  Curling is not a well-understood sport but the science and strategy are easily understood and enjoyed. Let your students watch this video to get a feel for the…

Big Air snowboarding

Graphic generously supplied by GraphicNews.com Starting February 18th a new Olympic sport will be televised … Big Air Snowboarding.  Some of your students may be officianados of snowboarding. Using this activity could be an opportunity to let those students shine.…