Friday, April 30, 2010

Just breathe -

Important reminder for those stressful times...

<a href="">chillout by zefrank</a>

(visit the web page to hear the lovely story of how this was put together: )

A friend posted this on her blog and it was such a great song I had to repost.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Perfect Day for This...

It is 9°C outside and the wind is gusting to 46km/h.
I completely need one of these:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Running the Numbers

Running the Numbers is an art project conceived by Chris Jordan. He shares a way to look at society through statistics.

“Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on...This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.” ~Chris Jordan

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fixing Math

Dan Meyer, a highschool math teacher, discusses ways to fix how math is taught.


Visit Dan Meyer's Blog here:

He has his entire geometry supplemental curriculum posted there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Planes vs. the Volcano

According to (as they have nicely diagrammed above), more CO2 was saved from Europe's cancelled plane flights than what Eyjafjallajökull emitted/day during the volcano's eruption!

Check out the data to see for yourself!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Caleb Charland: Where Art and Science Merge

It's been a busy day here and as the evening draws to a close, I didn't want to let the day end without passing along these fascinating photographs.

“The artwork I create combines my scientific curiosity with a constructive approach to making pictures. I utilize everyday objects and fundamental forces to illustrate my own experiences with wonder. Each photograph begins with the simple question "How would this look? Is that possible? What would happen if...?" and develops through a sculptural process of experimentation.” ~ Caleb Charland

See more here:

I love the Atomic Model and the Helix with Matchsticks.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jamie Oliver: Watch the Talk, Sign the Petition

 A couple of months ago Jamie Oliver presented a fabulous TEDtalk about food education.

Now he has a campaign organized to promote food education and improve nutrition in school cafeteria's across the US.

Visit Jamie Oliver's website and sign the Petition, find recipes and cooking instructional videos, and learn more about nutrition and the food revolution.

Frog Season

Warmer spring weather means the frogs are spawning (and the mosquitoes are still in the larval stage).

It is a great time to spend an evening visiting riversides and wetlands and be serenaded by spring peepers and wood frogs.

Here are some frog-related resources:
WWF Wild Finder
Frog Spotter Game
All About Frogs: Lessons and Activities
Wikipedia: Spring Peeper
Frogland: Childrens Frog-Related Crafts and Activities
National Geographic: Poison Arrow Frog Mystery

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Join the Zooniverse

At Zooniverse you can help real scientists learn about the universe. Telescopes are pulling in huge amounts of data and the human brain is better than computers for classifying galaxies and spotting supernovas.
photo source: NASA and ESA

The first Zooniverse project, Galaxy Zoo has provided “many unique scientific results, ranging from individual, serendipitous discoveries to those using classifications that depend on the input of everyone who's visited the site.”

This is a fabulous homeschooling project because it provides kids an opportunity to participate in real scientific research.

And if that is not enough incentive, “To encourage you to keep clicking, [Galaxy Zoo is] still giving away individual prizes to one person at random for each collection of 250,000 classifications.”

Math, from Basic to Baffling

Back near the end of January, Steven Strogatz, a professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, began a fabulous math column for the New York Times.

He says he'll cover topics from “pre-school to grad school.” So far the topics are fascinating.

“The goal is to give you a better feeling for what math is all about and why it’s so enthralling to those who get it.”

You can read through his math columns here.

Sunday, April 11, 2010