Inside Out: 11 Fascinating Anatomy Models for the Classroom

Inside Out: 11 Fascinating Anatomy Models for the Classroom

Anatomy models are a fantastic way to illustrate what goes on inside the body: human or animal. They are particularly engaging for kids because they involve hands-on learning. Young scientists will enjoy assembling and reassembling the models, and learning about each part of the body through the process. For more of a challenge, once the…

9 Terrarium Kits For Kids: A Fun Way To Bring Nature Indoors

9 Terrarium Kits For Kids: A Fun Way To Bring Nature Indoors

Plants can be endlessly fascinating for children and adults, and terrarium kits and plant kits are a great way to bring nature indoors, and teach kids about the science of how plants grow. Assembling a terrarium or a small indoor garden can be an enjoyable and creative project, and then kids have the satisfaction of…

Let’s Stick Together: 9 Cool Magnetic Toys

Let’s Stick Together: 9 Cool Magnetic Toys

I’m sure that nearly all of us can remember playing with magnets at some point. It may have involved specially designed magnetic toys or just two magnets; sticking them together or using one to push the other one around. At that point, we may or may not have realized that through that basic playing, we…

8 of The Best Microscopes For Kids and Teenagers

8 of The Best Microscopes For Kids and Teenagers

Many adults will remember using microscopes in school and even at home. After some frustration and adjusting of focus knobs, a new world was opened up for viewing.  Even today, the discovery of the “invisible world” among us can still generate a feeling of awe that video games can’t match.  Microscopes for kids show students…

Harness The Sun: 9 Cool Solar Powered Toys

Harness The Sun: 9 Cool Solar Powered Toys

In our ever-changing world, renewable energy sources are becoming an important topic of conversation. Fun and educational solar powered toys are a wonderful way to introduce your child to the concept of green energy. Many solar powered toys are also kits that will engage young makers, giving them something to build that’s powered with solar…

15 Cool Science Books For Kids: Experiments And More

15 Cool Science Books For Kids: Experiments And More

With all of the apps, electronics, kits, and games, it’s easy to forget that science books continue to be a fantastic resource for both education and entertainment. There are countless science books available for kids of all ages and education levels. The best books teach scientific concepts and ideas through fun, memorable, and engaging content….

Top 10 Archaeology Kits For Curious Kids

Top 10 Archaeology Kits For Curious Kids

Discovery toys are designed to not just to educate, but to entertain. Toys like archaeology kits encourage children to engage their minds and their hands as they play. They give children a fun opportunity to dig and discover artifacts, fossils, and gemstones. Keep in mind that some of the kits can get a little messy,…

10 Engaging and Educational Science Kits for Kids

10 Engaging and Educational Science Kits for Kids

Studying science from a book is fine, but nothing can replace hands-on experiments when learning chemistry, biology, physics, and other sciences. Children retain more and enjoy “doing” rather than just studying. I can remember crafting a messy, paper mâché volcano and looking through my first microscope at a few prepared slides, fostering a lifelong love of…

Google Trends: A Captivating Way to Explore Data with your Students

Google Trends: A Captivating Way to Explore Data with your Students

Overview Did you know that Google receives and processes over 4 million search queries per minute? That is a giant shed load of queries! It is also a giant shed load of data that Google collects and makes openly available to us with Google Trends. An impressively simple gateway to exploring data with your students, Google Trends is an amazing resource that really does not get…

5 Ways for Students to Visualize Data and Create Infographics

5 Ways for Students to Visualize Data and Create Infographics

Overview According to Glassdoor.com the ninth best job in 2015 is going to be that of the Data Scientist. This is a job that pays very well, is in high demand, has excellent career opportunities and… it hardly even existed just a few years ago. As we continue to collect more and more data about every possible…

Elevate Visual Thinking Skills using MindMeister

Elevate Visual Thinking Skills using MindMeister

Overview Communicating our scattered thoughts in a logical and coherent manner is a challenge for learners of all ages. Perfecting the art of putting thoughts on paper (figuratively speaking) is not only an effective skill to share ideas, it is also an important process for refining and perfecting ideas themselves. Mindmeister is a mind mapping tool that you can use with your students…

Teaching the Human Body Like Ms. Frizzle

Teaching the Human Body Like Ms. Frizzle

Children always wonder how their body works. Whether it is the air they breathe, the food they eat, or the blood in their veins, kids wonder what it all looks like. For decades we have taught elementary students about the human body, starting in kindergarten and repeating multiple times through to fifth grade. Typically, it is…

Motivate the Makers in Your Class with SketchUp Make

Motivate the Makers in Your Class with SketchUp Make

Overview Making can take a number of fascinating and educationally valuable forms. From arts and crafts to coding and design, just about any interest can be used to spark a passion in creation and making. One form of making that has become increasingly simple, cheap and more and more popular in schools is that of 3D modelling. SketchUp is the most…

Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun

Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun

Overview Much more than just a video game, Minecraft is being used by thousands of educators to tackle difficult learning concepts in an amazingly fun and collaborative digital environment. Students are exploring, crafting and making in 3D virtual worlds where their creativity and imagination can run wild. No matter what your discipline, the many different elements of…

Learning Code by Building Apps: TouchDevelop by Microsoft Research

Learning Code by Building Apps: TouchDevelop by Microsoft Research

Overview Created by Microsoft’s Research group, TouchDevelop is a touch-friendly app creation environment that allows students to build apps using their phone, tablet or desktop machine. The environment has been designed with a detailed focus on providing a safe and enjoyable space for students to learn coding basics, progress their skills and publish their very own apps to run on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux. Name: TouchDevelop Pricing:…

Explore and Document Wildlife with Project Noah

Explore and Document Wildlife with Project Noah

Grab your pith helmet, camera and let’s go exploring with Project Noah. Project Noah is a web and mobile (iOS and Android) platform that helps students become “citizen scientists” by encouraging exploration and shared documentation of wildlife and flora. Students can discover wildlife from around the world or simply examine the living world in their…

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