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AnnMarie Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy circuits

AnnMarie Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy circuits
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Squishy Circuits | The Tinkering Studio | Exploratorium Using a concentric design and resistive dough, cool parallel circuits are possible All the ingredients that you need to make your own conductive and resistive Play-Doh Wrap the dough in plastic film and store in ziploc bags to keep it moist longer Integrating LED lights and power source into a sculptural design Exploring complex circuitry becomes natural We use food coloring for conductive dough, and leave the resistive kind white, so you always know which one you're using We like to use 9V batteries. Sometimes conductive Play-Doh is just Play-Doh Troubleshooting with a partner Using the dough to make a direct connection between the battery and an LED light

Educational Resources for Studying Graphic Design - Noupe Design Blog Feb 14 2011 One of the greatest things about having access to the Internet, is the educational opportunities that it affords the public. People in all professions have the ability to expand their knowledge base through the wealth of information being shared via the Internet, and the same holds true for those who are studying graphic design. The Internet is positively bursting with tutorials and resources that can help one advance through the various stages of becoming a successful graphic designer. All the way, from a newbie to an experienced pro. Today, that is our purpose here. Here is a collection of invaluable educational resources on graphic design that have been broken down into different categories depending on your preferred methods of consumption. We have tutorials for your hands-on approach, podcasts for a more auditory take and an assortment of PDFs and articles to read through. PDFs PDFoo – Graphic Design The final PDF we have for you is the Graphic Design Wikibook. Articles

It’s Electric | 9 dots Unit Overview: Students will learn about electricity and circuits. Grade Level: Projects: Introduction to Currents, Conductivity, and Circuits - Students will learn basic electricity concepts and play with “squishy circuits” (conductive play dough). Makey Makey Circuit Challenges - Students will continue to explore circuits, using the Makey Makey and different conductive materials. Introduction to Currents, Conductivity, and Circuits Introduction: This project gives an introduction to electricity, explaining basic concepts of electric currents, conductivity, and circuits. Objectives: Students will begin to understand the basic electricity concepts. Materials and Costs: Squishy Circuits Handouts and Other Media: Preparation Time: Approximately 10 minutes Preparation Tasks: Gather all materials to make the squishy circuits dough. Project Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Lesson Plan Breakdown: 1. Begin by discussing with students what they know about electricity. 2. 3. Discuss the concepts of circuits to students.

The hidden beauty of pollination: Louie Schwartzberg on TED Live from TED2014 Mysteries of the unseen world: Louie Schwartzberg at TED2014 Louie Schwartzberg is fascinated with exposing the world’s wonders through photography. Three years ago, his talk, “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude,” demonstrated his uncanny ability to capture the captivating beauty of our natural world — the tiniest shake of a flower petal, the stirring complexity of a bee’s wing. Signals: The speakers in session 9 of TED2014 Communication is fundamental to how we relate and interact.

Science through LEGO Engineering The following four curricula are designed to introduce students (in Grades 3 to 5) to various science concepts through design-based LEGO projects. The first several lessons of each unit engage students in scientific explorations sometimes using the LEGO tool-set as a resource. The students are then charged with an open-ended design challenge where they use the science they learned alongside the engineering design process to design and build LEGO creations that meet criteria that the students can observe and test. Intro Unit This series of introductory lessons should be completed before beginning a Science Through LEGO Engineering curriculum unit. Download Introduction Unit (PDF, 2.3MB) Design a Musical Instrument: The Science of Sound This curriculum engages students in explorations about the science of sound, which culminates with students designing and building a musical instrument that plays at least three different pitches. Design a Model House: The Properties of Materials Related posts

Ballistic Flight Equations The study of model rockets, the flight of a baseball, or the "bend" of a soccer kick are excellent ways for students to learn the basics of forces and the response of an object to external forces. A ball in flight has no engine to produce continuous thrust and the resulting flight is similar to the flight of shell from a cannon, or a bullet from a gun. This type of flight is called ballistic flight and on this page we present the equations that describe ballistic flight. Ballistic flight only occurs under the ideal conditions that weight is the only force acting on the object. There is no thrust and no aerodynamic drag acting on an object in ballistic flight. Such flight conditions would occur on the Moon, where there is no atmosphere to produce drag. On Earth a baseball or a soccer ball generate a moderate amount of aerodynamic drag and the flight path is not strictly ballistic. x = U0 * t In the vertical plane, weight is the only external force acting on the object. dV/dt = - W/m = -g

Caine's Arcade | A cardboard arcade made by a 9-year-old boy. Paula Golden: Keep Science Fairs Alive Science fairs, those time-tested incubators of future American scientists and engineers and a national fixture for generations, are in trouble. Recent stories in major metropolitan newspapers across the country have reported that science fairs are being threatened with extinction when local sponsors drop out. In Los Angeles, the California Science Center is looking to find a sponsor for its annual California State Science Fair after a major corporate sponsor dropped out. Last year, the Irvine, Calif., Unified School District almost canceled its well-respected science fair because of lack of funding. A major Midwest paper recently sounded the alarm, noting that "cuts threaten these showcases for student inventions and scientific research. Beyond blue ribbons, the fairs offer students college scholarships and are launch pads to prestigious national competitions and even careers." Amen.

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