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A geodesic icosahedron, the Times Square New Year's eve ball

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Image by kjpargeter on Freepik It's a gorgeous ball, covered with Waterford Crystal triangles, shaped as a geodesic icosahedron.  Every New Year's Eve it descends in Times Square to mark the...

What is a quantum dot?

Algebra Number Sense Geometry Math and Science Current events Ratio and Proportion Wow factor Any time math
 In this activity, students work through the nomenclature to understand the possibilities of nano science and quantum dots.  Questions that are answered; How many nanometers are in a millime...

DST ends November 5th, 2023 - strange happenings

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In this activity students try to figure out how time settings will change as they move from place to place and in the serious weirdness of Arizona and the Navaho and Hopi nations.  What variables...

Vampire bats + Mosquito eating bats

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Ooooo. Scary!  In this first activity on vampire bats we've given lots of interesting metric and customary unit facts and asked students to relate those sizes to more familiar objects.  Si...

Nobel Prizes

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The Nobel Prizes have just been awarded. This is the medal that is given to the winners. What do you know about the Nobel Prize?  Who do you know who has received one? Alfred Nobel was a ...

Will this be an El Niño winter?

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The Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) started to show changes to the Pacific Ocean surface temperatures in April and May of this year.  Those temperatures are still rising which is a marker for the upco...

Huge Alaskan Vegetables

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The annual Alaskan State Fair has just been completed. As usual, there were some amazingly big vegetables that won the agriculture prizes. Evidently, even though the growing season in Alaska is s...

Lego Fireman +

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At the Toys R Us store, we saw an amazing LEGO creation.  He was a life-sized LEGO fireman with a walkie-talkie, an oxygen tank and even an oxygen...

Autumnal Equinox 2023

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Updated for 2023! Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 06:50 UTC (2:50 am EST), will be the Autumnal Equinox. It is the time of year when an imaginary plane would pass through both the Earth...

The Moroccan Earthquake and the Richter scale

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Friday evening, September 8th, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Morocco southwest of Marrakech. What does a 6.8 magnitude earthquake mean?  How powerful was that...
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