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DAQRI for your science teachers: Elements 4D and Human Body Anatomy 4D

(Video by David Petro) As you get ready to reconnect with your favorite science teachers this fall, you’ll want to share two fabulous apps by the augmented reality developer DAQRI. Elements 4D This is a different kind of block play likely to engage new fans of chemistry. Using either paper or wood six-sided blocks inscribed […]

It’s explosive: Brit’s Biggest Bangs

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No mess.  No danger.  No smelly fumes. BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a fun, interactive video experience that allows users to channel their inner mad scientists, mixing dangerous chemicals with sometimes explosive results without a proper laboratory. The secret behind the interactivity is a central choose-your-own-adventure video around which annotations lead to separate videos that […]

Camp Google

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There’s a new (free) camp in town.  No bus necessary.  Camp Google is designed to engage kids ages seven through ten in creative science activities. Each week students explore provocative questions and themes with experts across the globe, courtesy of such impressive partners as: Khan Academy National Geographic Kids NASA National Park Service This week is […]

Map of Life goes mobile

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This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

Google Science Fair: inspiration from kid and adult scientists

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Want to convince kids that their creativity and inventive spirit can make a difference?  I know of no better way than to share examples of that spirit demonstrated by the winners of this year’s Google Science Fair. On September 22, three young women from Ireland took the Grand Prize for their investigation of the use […]

Eyes Wide Open: A proof of concept for sustaining the conversation around books

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What if a book continued to resonate for its readers in a tangible way long after the pages were closed? What if books inspired, not just individual–but collective and collaborative response, creative expression, participation, action? What if communities formed around books? What if an author’s webspace inspired true dialogue and interaction? And how can librarians, […]

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

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Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer, even when you are not around to guide them? If you have any contact with your students or parents, or if you have some kids of your own, consider sharing the Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program as […]

Digging dinosaurs digitally

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I can see so many young scientists getting very excited about this. I can picture a new type of digital eureka as archeologists on their digs check their cell phones to identify or verify a newly discovered artifact. The University of Michigan’s Online Showcase of 3-D Fossil Remains is a collection 20 years in the […]

Globalizing and Googlizing Science Fair

It’s your turn to change the world. It’s about time we remixed science fair for a networked, flattened, participatory world. Think of all those experiments year after year that lived for a few fleeting moments on a gym or cafeteria table, summarized on a cardboard tri-fold, only to be trashed days later. Think of all […]