Your Classroom Needs a DIY Wind Machine!

A great idea classroom inquiry  is a wind machine with which children may mess-about with aerodynamic, motion, gravity and engineering. Best of all, your classroom wind machine is made of a common household fan, embroidery hoops and sheet of plastic! Students use junk, art supplies and recycled materials (berry baskets, paper, string, pipe cleaners, plastic […]

Free Plans for Fantastic Classroom Science Center

One of my favorite ideas for a classroom inquiry center is a marble maze made of a simple pegboard, scraps of molding, tubes and other recycled materials. The web site for San Francisco’s phenomenal Exploratorium features an educational rationale for the marble maze, examples and a fantastic PDF complete with building instructions and classroom ideas. […]

Derrick Pitts Videos

Educators who attended Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011 enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with noted astronomer and planetarium director, Dr. Derrick Pitts. Below is video of his talk at CMK 2011 and a University of Wisconsin Big Learning Event where he talks about curiosity and how school beats it out of kids.   Tweet This […]