Yet another collection of cool stuff I’ve come across recently:
High speed video of lightning flashes. Click on the link even just to see the front-page video, which is extraordinary. You could analyze this for hours! Unfortunately he doesn’t allow them to be reproduced, so I can’t show you here. Just click!
Science Tarot. This project seems to the brainchild of Raven Hanna, a science writer I’ve had a few intersections with. (Her Made With Molecules site sells cool jewelry in the shape of the chemical structure of dopamine or caffeine or chocolate). She describes the project, “We have reinterpreted each traditional tarot card with an illustration describing the science of each card.”
The Science of Food. From the food science department at Penn State. A very cool topic, with applications to a variety of science disciplines. What is it with food science lately anyway? See their past posts on the science of bread making, or variations in how we taste salt.
Science and the Media. A free download from the National Academies, this book discusses the roles of scientists, journalists, and public information officers in communicating about science and technology.
Why so Few? A report on women in science from AAAS (March 2010), distilling eight reports on gender equity over the last decade.
Want to connect with other science educators? Try AAPT E-mentoring (free electronic mentoring for high school physics teachers) or Scichat (real time conversations with other science educators online every other Tuesday).
NSTA Learning Center. Free tools for K12 teacher professional development, including webinars, podcasts, short courses, and more. Not all are free, but many are, and the resource center includes tools to archive and organize your resources.
Worksheets for using Science Fiction in your classroom. Julie Czerneda provides a variety of resources for educators on using fiction and imagination to inspire students about science, learn to ask scientific questions, and promote literacy through science.
Science Lessons using Pop Culture. Spice up your lessons with current events and pop culture aligned to the K12 standards. Free registration required.
MedEd. Want to know more about weather, climate, and other atmospheric science? MetEd (with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) has an extensive multimedia offerings for distance learning in earth science, with many online modules on a variety of topics. See their latest one on Tsunamis, by my friend Jen Frazer of the Artful Amoeba!