Biodomes Engineering Design Project: Lessons 2-6 – Activity – www.TeachEngineering.org.
This is a fantastic resource for designing a bio-dome, excellent for studying ecosystems, specific environments and engineering (there’s also a nice little bit of recycling of plastic bottles involved). The webpage also details how to approach a number of lessons teaching with regards to the bio-dome that students can build. There is also a Bio-dome workbook in pdf that can be downloaded from the page, a full list of materials needed, an introduction with extra vocab section and a simple to use instruction on how to build a simple model bio-dome.
The lesson plans given by Teach Engineering break down different things to look at/study within the bio-dome (energy flow, plants, animals and then decomposers), these could easily be adapted to fit what a teacher specifically wanted or to fit different timescales, you wouldn’t need to add plants, animals and decomposers over 3 weeks unless it helps to establish each one first. Maybe that’s what a school technician is for, hehe!
I think it would be fascinating for a class (or STEM group) to do this over perhaps a few weeks with maybe one built bio-dome for everyone, to see the effects of the bio-dome. The website recommends roughly 5 hours of “lesson” time, but however much of it could be done outside of a lesson to speed learning up.
From 13th to 22nd March, it is British Science Week and a page of Activity Packs has been produced by the British Science Association, linking to 15 short activities, arranged by age that can be done to celebrate British Science Week.
There is also a flyer that can be printed, and a collection of curriculum links that apply to the under 11 and 11 – 16 year old activities.
Some of the activities included are building a giant egg timer (prepare in advance with multiple 2 litre plastic bottles!), battery building (not too different to the fruit battery testing that our own STEM group did), wireless signal blockade (handy if you have the right equipment and are allowed to use your phone in a classroom), metallic food (separation techniques, magnetism and easy to do at home as a nice food comparison), and many others.
I think it would be nice to give a class or STEM group their choice over which practical they’d like to do and to work their way through a selection of them. That’s why I’m going to post this earlier than British Science Week – to get you ready and prepared!
I might also keep this list handy to try some at home in a few years!
Wall-Size Periodic Table | Stark Science.
When I first got sent this link, I thought it meant just a large periodic table, but no! This link gives you the tools to print your own WALL size periodic table – each element is printed on one page of A4 and all of the files you need to create it are available on the link.
There’s even a two elements to a page document if you don’t have a very big wall.
I desperately want to see classroom walls covered in this now!
These could even be used as project prompts or for display boards.
Connections Academy – Online School for Grades K–12.
This would be really nice as part of the right geography/geology/earth science unit and maybe as an Easter fun session. I really like the try this idea of different types of salts and sugars. Could you add a different colour half way through the week? Would it all mix or one just grow on top of the other?
The Chemistry of The Colours of Blood | Compound Interest.
Okay, I’m officially in love with this website! I refuse to go back further in their history though as I think I will just blog it all! Haha! This link though is all about blood colour. As with the last post, I love the poster image they have and can see that being on display either at Halloween (as they’ve suggested) or simply at any time of year!
I’d like to see violet blood!
The Chemistry of Sparklers | Compound Interest.
Some lovely information here, but I’m loving the poster image! We just held our yearly STEM Club “Fireworks” session and I wish I’d seen this to show them. Microblogging this to keep it for next year!
Science Teaching Library | Recommended for science teachers by science teachers.. Very handy blog to follow and check out every Sunday — list of all Science based shows showing in the upcoming week. There is also a pdf version to print and put up in a school.
SOLO Hexagon Generator — HookED. I was given the direction “Not sure what this is, but worth saving” That’s what I’m doing, although how you’re supposed to tag or categorise something that you aren’t too sure what it actually is, is quite beyond me!
Anyone have any ideas about what the HookED SOLO Hexagon Generator is?….