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Can't spark a fire? Here are some videos that may at least spark an interest. Make use of the search bar or use the drop down menu to visit the Teachertube channel for class demos and hands-on labs. If you're just passing time during your stay on the island, flip to the Real World Science channel to find examples of how science is used everyday. You might also like the Smart Science channel, which is where the Mythbusters and other interesting characters sometimes pay us a visit. If you need anything else, look under the Resources tab for other great science sites. - Staten

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  • Model Coal Train Part 3
    by Staten on May 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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    This is the final part of our coal train. This video contains pictures of the fair and students building the layout.

  • Model Coal Train Part 2
    by Staten on May 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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    This is our train in action. The HO scale train was built for the CEDAR coal fair. It won 2nd place overall.

  • Invisible Mercedes!
    by Staten on March 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    It's invisible to the environment and to prove a point it uses technology right out of a James Bond movie to become invisible to you.

  • Operation: DIY
    by Staten on March 29, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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    Students used knowledge of simple and parallel circuits and insulators and conductors to build their own working Operation style boardgames out of some easy to find materials. I printed out some various suitable character images like a Lego minifigure, robots, Robocop, etc. Each student was urged to bring his or her choice of character (preferably on heavyweight paper), tweezers, aluminum foil sheets, and box platform. Students could also bring in components such as buzzers and LED lights. I supplied wires, regular lights, machine screws, nuts, washers, and foil. Students wired up the system using a blueprint and their own guess and test methods. The exit exam was a gameday, in which the game had to work using cards and money that the students made. They had to finish one full game.

  • Steve Spangler on Ellen for Halloween!
    by Staten on December 21, 2010 at 2:31 PM
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    Steve Spangler does some eerie science experiments for Ellen Degeneres.

  • Steve Spangler on Ellen April 2010
    by Staten on December 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    Steve shows us some pretty cool concepts here. Look closely and you'll see some similar things to the labs done in class.

  • Snow Day
    by Staten on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    We make our own snow from a polymer. This is a physical reaction which results in changing the appearance of a polymer into an expanded snow-like form.

  • Electrolysis of Water
    by Staten on December 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM
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    We use electricity to separate hydrogen ions from water. To show the effect, we use salt and water to create positive and negative ions, which give us a strong enough current through a circuit to light a bulb.

  • Fuel Cell Cars
    by Staten on December 9, 2010 at 9:58 AM
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    Gas is $3.05 a gallon right now. Wouldn't it be cool to have a car that runs on free water? We've discussed electrolysis, which is separating water into its oxygen and hydrogen molecules, but here is a look at fuel cells, which work sort of like electrolysis in reverse.

  • NERF: Pressure Points
    by Staten on December 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    I use Nerf guns to teach concepts of air pressure and atmospheric pressure.

  • Rate of Chemical Reaction Dust Explosion...
    by Staten on November 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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    We simulate a dust explosion by increasing surface area and concentration of molecules so an organic substance can reach activation energy needed to ignite. Basically, I took a coffee can with some cornstarch lining the bottom and blew into it with a long straw to spread the cornstarch into a dust cloud that could be ignited by candle. It was pretty cool.

  • Endothermic and Exothermic
    by Staten on November 23, 2010 at 5:20 PM
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    Ever seen elephant toothpaste? How about making your own Speedy Freeze. We investigate and exothermic reaction called elephant toothpaste and we make a real Speedy Freeze. Speedway, a gas station in our area sell Speedy Freezes, so I wanted to make something even colder than they are in a cool endothermic reaction!

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