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  • 8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    Want to teach food chains and predator-prey relationships with owl pellets? Don’t miss these “insider” tips.

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  • 8 Ways to Celebrate National STEM Day

    8 Ways to Celebrate National STEM Day

    National STEM Day is November 8th. Are you ready? Here are 8 ideas for celebrating in your classroom on National STEM Day and throughout the year!

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  • 13 spooktacular science ideas and activities for Halloween lessons

    13 spooktacular science ideas and activities for Halloween lessons

    If you’re bold enough to boil up some horrific Halloween madness in your classroom this season, then don’t miss this unlucky list of 13 blood-curdling, goosebump-inducing science ideas and activities.

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  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Fossils in Your Classroom

    5 Fun Ways to Use Fossils in Your Classroom

    Imagine 90% of species extinguished in a massive fireball or frigid ice age. Fossils tell stories about the Earth’s history that we explore on National Fossil Day on October 16th.

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  • 6 live specimens that make great classroom pets

    6 live specimens that make great classroom pets

    If you’re thinking of adopting an unusual pet for your classroom, your students will be intrigued (to say the least) by any of these six live specimens.

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  • When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity

    When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity

    In this extension of Ward’s Effects of Drugs on Daphnia Kit, your students will be discovering the effects of an energy drink on a living water flea Daphnia.

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  • A quick checklist for back-to-school lab safety

    A quick checklist for back-to-school lab safety

    Safety concerns in the science lab can turn awesome teachers into nervous wrecks. Here’s a quick checklist to ensure your lab is safe (and get back your peace of mind).

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  • Predicting pigments: a biology activity for fall

    Predicting pigments: a biology activity for fall

    Now’s the time to collect different-colored leaves … or get your students to collect them for you (we’ll say it’s part of the activity). They’ll be trying their hand at hypothesis formation.

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  • 5 Fun Science Ideas for the First Day of Fall

    5 Fun Science Ideas for the First Day of Fall

    If you’re looking for some quick ideas for the first day of fall, then try these simple, low-cost ideas for your class or lab. If nothing else, try our flying pig (you’ll thank us later).

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  • Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Give your students hands-on experience with a vital skill in this microbiology / general biology activity. They can use simulated media instead of actual bacteria. Will they “keep it clean”?

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  • Burning genes to a CRISPR: a genetics activity

    Burning genes to a CRISPR: a genetics activity

    If you want a genetics activity that will engage your students, then try this extension of our Dragon Genetics Kit. They’ll learn about gene editing, molecular techniques, DNA, and … dragon embryos.

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  • For chemistry teachers who want a fun way to teach pH

    For chemistry teachers who want a fun way to teach pH

    This chemistry activity for students in grades 9 through 12 shows the effect of pH change on indicator color. The resulting solution can be used as an ink to write messages that disappear over time.

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  • The sweet smell of success: a lesson plan on esters and organic synthesis

    The sweet smell of success: a lesson plan on esters and organic synthesis

    This chemistry activity for students in high school & college has them mixing acids & alcohols to create familiar smells. You’ll also help them learn about organic synthesis & condensation reactions.

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  • Looking for an activity on redox reactions? Here’s a simple one.

    Looking for an activity on redox reactions? Here’s a simple one.

    If you want to demonstrate oxidation and reduction for your students, you can’t go wrong with this “blue bottle” activity. Sodium hydroxide, glucose, and methylene blue solution are all it takes!

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  • Try these 5 troubleshooting tips for your Van de Graaff generator

    Try these 5 troubleshooting tips for your Van de Graaff generator

    Van de Graaff generators are sophisticated machines that need a delicate touch and make you work for their affection. Here are five troubleshooting tips for any model.

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  • How to make your own algae beads and have a ball studying photosynthesis

    How to make your own algae beads and have a ball studying photosynthesis

    This activity for grades 6 through 12 will show you everything you need to make your own algae beads so your students can learn about the most vital biochemical processes on the planet.

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  • The magic of makerspaces: Connecting your makerspace to your curriculum

    The magic of makerspaces: Connecting your makerspace to your curriculum

    From science and engineering to art and music and across the board, you can link makerspace activities to your curriculum (and your state standards). Here are some ideas.

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  • Makerspace 101: Makerspace basics and how to get started

    Makerspace 101: Makerspace basics and how to get started

    Here’s a five-minute crash course in makerspaces so all your ducks are in a row for when you decide to dedicate a space for making in your classroom.

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  • How to build a makerspace on a shoestring budget: A summertime project

    How to build a makerspace on a shoestring budget: A summertime project

    Starting a makerspace doesn’t have to cost a fortune—it can start right now with everyday items that may be staring you right in the face. Here they are…

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  • How to choose a 3D printer: A buyer's guide

    How to choose a 3D printer: A buyer's guide

    If you’re thinking of adding a 3D printer to your STEM lab so you and your students can bring designs to life, then you don’t want to miss these four key questions to help you choose the best model.

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