Sunday, March 08, 2009

Academy of Science and Technology 1

Ring Nebula photographed by my husband through his 10" telescope.

Welcome to the Academy of Science and Technology, where we can share our experiences teaching and mentoring science and technology with children.

The nexxus of school and policy:

Sean Cavanagh, of Curriculum Matters, presents Science and Math in the Stimulus. Curriculum Matters focuses on curriculum in math, science, and other areas. He lays out some of the "STEM" education spending in the Obama stimulus plan.

Life Sciences and Biology:

At the Growing With Science Blog, Roberta Gibson tells us about Weekend Science Fun: Anticipating Spring With Flowers. After getting 8 inches of snow on March 1st, I could really use some spring.

Eryn presents Garden Science - The Great Sunflower Project - Free Sunflower Seeds posted at The HomeSchooled Year.

GrrlScientist presents ScienceOnline09: Meeting the NCCU's BRITEs at Research Triangle posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "This is my photoessay documenting one of the many interesting field trips I went on while speaking at Science Online 09 in North Carolina. This photoessay is about my visit to North Carolina Central University's Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) facilities at North Carolina's famous Research Triangle, where their main focus is discovering new cancer pharmaceuticals. They often invite local schoolchildren to explore the facilities and they actively recruit minorities and underpriviledged college students."

I would also like to direct your attention to Exploratorium. It has a lot of resources available on-line. I found this cow eye dissection to be interesting. As the squeamish sort, I like the walk through of what to look for and what to expect.

Physics:

Christina presents Teaching Space with Bookflix posted at Early Childhood Teacher.

I submit Science Course for your perusal. I covered this material with a couple of homeschoolers I invited to take part in a science course. I am presenting science using history as the guide for how to introduce concepts. This is the session where we discuss some of the views Ancient Greeks had about what constituted the world around us.

Here is my husband's photograph of Saturn, again using his 10" telescope.

Chemistry:

This article about the endangered hobby chemist, from Wired, has stayed with me since I first read it almost three years ago. The article discusses how difficult it is to find chemicals and lab equipment since the government has decided that the parties most interested in that material are meth labs and terrorists. The article includes links to the science supply company profiled. Most interestingly for this carnival, they also include directions for two experiments for the careful.

Technology:

I wanted to include this post about snacks that look like electronic components from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories because I think it is so clever. Use graham crackers as the board, gum drops for LEDs, licorice laces for wiring, and other foodstuffs to represent batteries, capacitors, resistors, etc. They have even more complicated circuit board snacks!

Teaching Resources & Independent Learning:

Sarah Scrafford presents 100 Awesome Open Courses and Lectures for Digital Artists posted at Online Universities.com.

GrrlScientist presents OpenLab2008: It's Now Available! posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "OpenLabs are anthologies of the finest science, nature and medical writing published on the blogosphere in the previous year. This year's edition, OpenLab2008, is now available for you to enjoy. These books make a fine and affordable gift for kids and adults who are fascinated by science (and I recommend them to libraries too)."

Joe presents Streamline Parental Involvement with Twitter posted at RnL Sometimes new technology can make getting parents involved easier.

A big thank you to all who contributed! I have discovered a new blogs and ideas.

Please submit your blog article to the next edition of The Academy of Science and Technology using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. If you would like to host (and I hope you do!), please use the contact form on the Blog Carnival homepage and let me know if you have a date that would work best.

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