Science Snacks

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 Cartesian Diver:   Before & After

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In several previous blogs I've discussed some of the MOOC's I've taken and how much I gained from them (like this one and this one). Today's blog will continue that theme as I want to talk about a recent MOOC I completed called "Re-Engineering Your Science Curriculum".  This course was offered by staff and faculty at the Exploratorium and, if you've not heard of this museum before, you need to know about it!  Here's how they describe the Exploratorium on their website:

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.

To me, one of the coolest things about this course was getting to try out various "science snacks" -- their description for miniature (and lower cost) versions of some of the most popular hands-on exhibits at the museum.  The pictures above show my handiwork with the Condiment Diver Snack.  Try it yourself by following the instructions in the PDF file.  See more snacks to try out here.

Another amazing resource was all the videos where they demonstrated exhibits or showed us examples of student work in hands-on science activities.  Take a look at one of the videos I found really inspiring:

There are more videos available at their site -- see the references section below for the link.

As always, I'd love to hear from you.  

References:

Exploratorium's Teacher Institute site

The Exploratorium's Science Snacks page

Link for the videos at Explo.TV

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