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Science Teaching Tips:  Going to the Dogs (Podcast)
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What do polarized sunglasses have to do with dog urine? Listen to this curious story from staff physicist Paul Doherty.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: October 28, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: polarized, sunglasses, dog, urine

Links: Paul Doherty’s Web site

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Science Teaching Tips:  Stringing Us Along (Podcast)
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TI program participant Mark Hespenheide presents an elegant illustration of free fall using string and paper clips.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: October 21, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: free, fall, string, paper, clips


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Science Teaching Tips:  When Words Fail You (Podcast)
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How do you give your students the words they need to understand an activity or a topic? TI Staff Educator Modesto Tamez explains his opinion that vocabulary is best given towards the end of a lesson, not at the beginning.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: October 14, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: vocabulary, lesson, teaching


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After Dark:  Electrifying Science with Dr. Megavolt® (Clip)
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This electrifying After Dark event featured Austin Richards, Ph.D.—aka, Dr. MegaVolt®—jousting with 14-foot electrical arcs from his high-voltage Tesla coil on the evening of Thursday, November 5, 2009. This wonderful performance contributed to the celebration of the Exploratorium’s 40th Anniversary.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: October 14, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science

Keywords: electricity, tesla, static, dr.megavolt® , lightening, after dark


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Miscellaneous:  Shoot the Moon! A Moon-Shaking, Crash-Landing Search for Water (Webcast)
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Is water ice present or absent in a crater near the moon's south pole? NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission is seeking a definitive answer. Join Exploratorium staff for a special Webcast featuring live coverage of LCROSS crashing into the moon! Our team will be broadcasting live from the 36" Refractor Telescope at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, where we’ll watch the impact and investigate how this intentional crash could reveal the existence of water ice.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: October 9, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics

Keywords: moon, nasa, lcross, water, ice, crater. observatory, telescope


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Science Teaching Tips:  Sound Bytes (Part 2) (Podcast)
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Our host, Stephanie Chasteen, shares some more fun facts and activities having to do with the science of sound.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: October 7, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: sound, science, activities

Links: Stephanie Chasteen’s Web site

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Science Teaching Tips:  I Don't Think So (Podcast)
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Kids can be pretty skeptical, which can help them to learn more. Children’s book author David Schwartz shares some of the letters from classes who thought they should double-check the numbers in some of his books.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: September 30, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: schwartz, david, skeptical, numbers

Links: David Schwartz’s Web site

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Fabricated Realities:  Quarterly Cover Augmented Reality (Clip)
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Our 40th anniversary members' magazine has a cool augmented-reality cover that works with your webcam. Try it here.

Project: Fabricated Realities: Virtual Worlds, Mixed and Augmented Reality | Browse All

Date: September 30, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: quarterly, cover, augmented reality, 40th


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Science Teaching Tips:  The Teaching Box (Podcast)
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Staff educator Tory Brady tells you how to make a teaching box—a valuable tool for getting yourself organized to teach a great science unit.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: September 23, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: teaching, tool, box

Links: My Science Box (Web site from TI alumna)

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Science Teaching Tips:  Carbon Dioxide-It's a Gas! (Podcast)
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TI staff educator Eric Muller shows me how to carbonate my tongue. Blech!

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: September 16, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: carbonate, carbon, dioxide

Links: More of Eric Muller’s activities

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