# Category: Math and Science

## Lighting the Olympic Torch

The 2016 Summer Olympic games won’t begin until on August 5th of this year but already the Olympic Torch has been lit and is traveling to the game’s site, Brazil, by 12,000 relay participants. Watch the lighting video and wonder…

## Should I replace my toilets?

I’m trying to be more savy about wasting our resources.  I have really old fashioned toilets and I’m trying to figure out if I should invest in saving water.  Can you help me? The activity:  PottyTalk.pdf CCSS: 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSF.IF.B.4, HSF.IF.B.6, HSF.IF.C.7, HSF.IF.C.9, HSF.LE.A.2, HSF.LE.B.5

## What’s my angle?

I’m going to help save the planet by adding solar panels to my roof! Should I tilt the panels on my roof to more accurately aim towards the Sun? If so, at what angle should I use? Should I be…

## Figuring planting dates

It’s time to get ready to plant my garden again.  But here in Boston we have to start our seeds indoors to give them a head start before we can put plants outside. How should I figure out when to plant my…

## How much did the temperature change in Boston?

It’s been a crazy winter of extremes through much of the United States. Here’s an article, from the February 17, 2016 Boston Globe Newspaper by Matt Rochereau, with the degree swing whited out.  Have your students determine the temperature increase…

## How much snow is that?

Start out this activity with: What do you notice? What do you wonder? How many inches of snow produced that pile?  How much snow in volume is on top of the car?  How much could that snow weigh? Students try to approximate…

## Rescue of the Chilean miners – The 33

On August 5, 2010, the San Jose copper-gold mine near Copiapó,Chile collapsed stranding 33 miners in a large cavern more than 2,000 feet below ground. A new movie has just been released about the incident, The 33. All of the…

## Weather extremes

This year has brought torrential rains to Texas after years of severe draught. February was the coldest month ever in much of the midwest and Northeast US.  Pakistan and India have experienced extreme and deadly heat waves. Use the open number line and…

## New Horizons spacecraft observes Pluto

The New Horizon space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral on January 19, 2006. It has now come close to Pluto and has sent its first close-up images back to Earth.

## The spread of Lyme disease

With the start of summer and wonderful outdoor activities, it might be good to examine the growth of Lyme disease occurrences in the United States.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has a wonderful map that you can…

## What’s with the plovers?

Cute little birds.  Piping plovers are presently nesting on beaches along the Atlantic coast. Consequently beaches are often roped-off or closed to protect their nests and chicks.  Is this conservation working?  What should the numbers be like after so many…

Tornadoes have devastated the Great Plains of the U.S. in the last few days.  Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Arkansas and Kansas have been brutally hit with these powerful events. Involve your students in a better understanding of the ranking and severity of…

## Earthquake magnitudes, Nepal

Nepal has just experienced several tremendous earthquakes and aftershocks causing massive damage and loss of life. The IRIS (Incorporated Research Institute of Seismology) Seismic Monitor will allow your class to visualize the most recent quakes and their magnitudes in this region. Our updated…

## California water measurements – chains, links, and furlongs

Help your students understand what they are reading or hearing about the California drought.  Terms like acre-feet, chains, and furlongs are often used to describe the volume of the reservoirs.  Give your class a little practice and appreciation of the…

## McDonalds moves towards antibiotic-free chicken

Recently McDonald’s announced that by 2016 they will use only chicken raised without the antibiotics that are used in human medicine.  McDonald’s plans to join Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Chiptotle, and Whole Foods in the move towards removing antibiotics in the…