Science Experiments and Stem Activities for Kids

Science is an integral part of STEM learning that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic. STEM learning aims to promote a better understanding of these four disciplines in a more ‘Whole’-istic way. In fact, a simple task like using a wagon to move something from one place to another involves number of principles of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The children can be benefited by STEM learning especially if it is organized in form of science camps etc.

STEM learning aims to make science fun, enlightening and easy for kids. There are numerous hands on activities that can be done in the science camp that would follow the basic principles of STEM to make the learning impactful and long lasting. Researchers have proved that practicality helps learn faster. Going by that, STEM activities done in a science camp would be easily remembered and the principle behind those activities would be understood without difficulty.

As STEM activities are project based activities, it becomes easy for children to comprehend the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an easy going manner, especially if it is done under the guidance of teachers or facilitators of a science camp. There are many activities that can be done to create a base for understanding key concepts that would be required later on in life as well. Such as:

Heavy And Light

In a science camp, kids would be able to learn basic concept of heavy and light through STEM activities. As STEM requires everyday item, using glass, water and couple of oranges the concept of floating could be explained. Why heavy things go down the bottom of the glass and why light things float can also be explained.

Natural Phenomenon

Kids are curious and everything fascinates them. There are number of natural phenomenon that can be practically explained to them through STEM activities in a science camp.

Rain can also be demonstrated through some shaving foam, water and colour. This activity would fascinate children and would also be a great learning experience for them. they can in fact learn the concept of how rain is formed, how clouds are formed and so much more, which is very fascinating.

Building From Scratch

As STEM activities require the kids to use concepts of all four disciplines, such activities in a science camp would be of extreme importance. Child would do measurements, procure things of which a particular thing can be constructed, and brain storm to decide about the size etc. all this would require considerable amount of knowledge of STEM concepts. Activities such as building a bridge from sticks or Lego blocks or straws or designing a race track would come under this.

Science Of Water

Water is kids’ favorite. Period. There are number of activities designed around water, to make them understand various concepts of science.

E.g. States of Water through science experiments kids’ would understand all three forms of water i.e. gas, liquid and solid. How much temperature is required for it to …

Pros and Cons of Playing Select Soccer (U – 15 Through U – 18)

High school soccer is played at different times throughout the United States. In some states it’s played in the fall alongside (pigskin) football, in some it’s a spring sport, and in Florida it’s a mid-winter diversion.

Choosing to continue to play select soccer at U-15, which typically coincides with the freshman year, is a big decision. Let’s look at some of the issues that may come into play.

PROS: Playing Select Soccer (U-15 through U-18)

  • Maintain strength and conditioning required to play high school soccer.
  • Game is faster and more physical as players reach adult sizes.
  • Will be more likely to make (and start) on high school team.
  • Consistent physical outlet for academic and social stress.
  • Healthy, constructive way to occupy free time.
  • Deepening friendships and bonding with teammates.
  • Friendly rivalry with teammates from other high schools.
  • Looks good on applications (National Honor Society, colleges, jobs).
  • More travel – sometimes without parents!
  • Tournaments are attended by college recruiters/coaches.

CONS: Playing Select Soccer (U-15 through U-18)

  • Depending on area of country, may overlap high school soccer.
  • Money–or lack of–since schedules limit job opportunities.
  • Increased study and homework demands may be hard to juggle.
  • Very difficult to run cross-country or track in high school off-season.
  • Not practical to be in school band, orchestra, chorus or drama.
  • Growing social life in high school dampened by soccer weekend schedules.
  • Focus on being seen by colleges increases pressure to win.
  • If not interested in pursuing college soccer, may have different goals than teammates.
  • Travel to big-name tournaments to be seen is expensive.

CONCLUSION: When a player chooses to continue select soccer as a high school student, especially at a high level, s/he has basically staked a claim to their primary activity (and identity!) for four years. It’s important for a student to understand what tradeoffs there may be in choosing soccer as their “thing”.

It’s also good (though not easy) for a player to evaluate where they are soccer-wise, to be sure they can be happy there.

  • If the team is at a lower Classic level, and the player is a star and has ideas of playing collegiately, a change in clubs may be called for.
  • If the team is high-ranked and most players wish to play in college, and your player does not want to, you need to consider whether you want to spend the time and money to be “shopped” around the country.

How Long Can Ordered Pizza Sit Out?

As every college student knows, pizza never goes bad. After all, you can leave it sitting out all night, eat a slice for breakfast, and head to class, right? Well, the good news is that most of today’s college students either have incredibly strong immune systems or are incredibly lucky, because this is not true. Pizza take out has limits as to how long it can set out and still be decent to eat. The meat, cheese, and sauce on a pizza can all grow dangerous bacteria if left at room temperature too long. Here are some guidelines to use with ordered pizza when storing it for a later meal.

Remember, Pizza Is Perishable!

Some foods are considered non-perishable, but pizza is not one of them. If you leave it out too long and then eat it, you can get sick. Pizza has meat and cheese on it, and these can harbor dangerous bacteria, including Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E. Coli.

Most pizzas contain trace amounts of these bacteria, but these low amounts are not dangerous. As long as the pizza is kept either hot or cold, it is fine to eat. However, when it is left a room temperature for too long, the bacteria begin to grow, soon reaching dangerous levels that can cause severe illness. The dangerous temperatures are 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the range that normal room temperature falls in, so leaving the pizza out makes it dangerous, if not deadly.

Understanding the Two-Hour Rule

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), any food, whether hot or cold, that has been left at room temperature for two hours or longer needs to be thrown out. If the temperature is above 90, such as at an outdoor picnic on a hot day, the food needs to be thrown out after just one hour. The best temperature for hot foods is any temperature that is over 140 degrees. Cold foods need to be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or less. Although this recommendation is fro the USDA, it just as well applies to Toronto pizza as it does to New York.

Keep in mind that your pizza may not arrive at the right temperature. If you transported the pizza yourself or the delivery driver had a long route to take, the temperature could have dropped below 140 degrees before you even started eating it. Use a food thermometer to determine the temperature of the pizza. If it is below 140 degrees, do not leave it out for the two-hour maximum. It has already cooled below the ideal temperature, allowing the harmful bacteria to grow.

Storage Tips for Pizza

If you know that you will need to have the pizza available for longer than two hours, use your oven to keep it above 140 degrees. Put the oven’s temperature setting on “keep warm” or a similar choice, and leave the pizza in its cardboard box in the oven. The pizza box will not burn at …

Teach Abroad With an International Teaching Diploma Course

Teachers looking forward to go overseas with their teaching professionals can choose from one of two options- start teaching at an international school or take up assignments at a private language school. For someone who has experienced both, he / she will always agree that being the teacher of an international school is a far better option after undergoing an International Teaching Diploma Course. Here are some of the reasons attributed to the same.

Considerable disposable income to work with

For someone teaching at a private language school, waxing their legs and buying paperbacks may be deemed a luxury. They will have to think about their expenses at each step simply because their salaries will not be enough to cover the need for non-essentials. That also includes going on vacations even when there is the time to do so.

However, things change on entering an international school where they get to spend their salary as they choose and still be left with enough at the end of the month. This money could be invested as a savings deposit in the bank or towards future options such as house deposits or pension schemes.

Regular Paid Vacations

EFL teachers usually sign a contract running for the duration of an academic year or a calendar year. Although these contracts contain the provision for few weeks of holiday the candidates are expected to work for a larger proportion of the contractual duration duration compared to when they teach at an international school.

International schools typically have 12 months long teaching contracts out of which actual teaching is expected to take place for 200 days. The school remains closed for the rest of the year and during that period the educators are free to go on tours, so earning themselves some well-deserved paid vacations.

Normal Contact Hours for Teaching

The schedule at private language schools specializing in TEFL courses are typically very crammed up. Students attend their lessons around other job or school commitments, so teachers find themselves working crazy hours. Things can be really bad as not every school management will be consider enough enough towards the layout of the facilitators.

As far as international schools are concerned, they have well defined and regular school hours. Those who make a start early in the morning can expect their working day to be over sometime towards early afternoon.

Inclusion of Planning Time

Employment for TEFL teachers goes by the contact hours- the time spent in front of the students. It is worth noting that lessons do not simply drop out of thin air and the teachers are required to do a lot of homework in terms of preparing their lessons and organizing resources. For beginners, the time they spend in preparing for a lesson could be as good as the amount of time they owe towards teaching the same in a class, if not more. While their contract says they need to put in 20-35 contact hours a week, teachers end up working over 50 …

IB Physics – 7 Ways to Get a 7

IB Physics, especially at the Higher Level, is one of the most difficult subjects in the IB Diploma. Nonetheless, it is still very possible to attain a 7. In fact, according to the IB Statistical Report in November 2009, 31% of Standard Level Candidates and 20% of Higher Level Candidates received a 7. This means that on average, in a class of 20 HL students, 4 will get a 7.

So how do you get into that top 20%?

To find out, I’ve asked many successful past IB Physics students regarding their techniques, as well as IB Physics teachers, one of whom used to mark IB Papers. Combining this with my own experiences, I’ve found 7 key things that successful students are doing in terms of learning the course and IB Revision.

1) Know Your IB Physics Syllabus

One of the best aspects of IB Science subjects is the Syllabus. The Syllabus contains all the possible concepts that could possibly be examined. I know a teacher who actually writes IB Papers and he told me that every question that is written is closely checked according to the Syllabus and if it’s not relevant, it is removed. This means that if you can do every point in the Syllabus, then there is nothing that can surprise you in your final examination. So if you still have plenty of time before your final exams, make sure you have you syllabus next to you as you revise.

2) Annotate Your IB Physics Syllabus

We can go one step further. What I strongly recommend is printing out a copy of all of the relevant sections of the Syllabus. As you learn/revise, don’t just write down notes in your notebook, write your notes on your printed version of the syllabus! That way, as you learn, you’re cross-referencing to your syllabus. When you do this, you’ll be well aware of all the topics you’ve covered, the topics you’ve missed and importantly, the topics that you’re not yet familiar with.

3) Maximize Your IB Physics Internal Assessment (IA) Scores

Whilst the IB Physics exam may be difficult, the Internal Assessment is much easier. This is because you can do them without any time pressure whatsoever. Also, most teachers give you plenty of opportunities to maximise your IA scores. And most importantly, scoring high in your IAs means that you can score lower in your final exam and still get a 7. What I recommend is to look at your Physics Guide very closely and look at what is required of you for the IAs. If there is anything you’re unsure about, make sure you ask your teacher about it. If you don’t do as well as you’d hoped, find out why you lost marks. There should be no excuse for not scoring 40+ in your IAs.

4) Make Sure You Understand Each Point Before You Move On

This is crucial. As your teacher explains each point, make sure that you really understand it before they move on …

Feng Shui Your Desk For Career Success

Have you used feng shui around your desk? It's a great way to "test drive" feng shui, to see how well it works for you.

In feng shui, we work with a 3×3 grid called a bagua (said "bagg-wahh"). The grid is placed over your floorplan, and can look like a tic-tac-toe board, or sometimes the face of a clock, seen from above. With this, we can organize any room, home, or office into areas, each with its own color and design themes.

So, let's pretend you have Superman's x-ray eyes, and you're flying over your home or office, looking down into it. And, let's pretend that you can see the bagua grid that's overlayed onto your floor plan.

Starting clockwise from your left – about the "eight o'clock" area of ​​the clock – the design themes are: Knowledge, Family / Security, Money, Fame, Romance, Creativity, Helpful People and Travel, and finally your Career. At the center of the clock – the middle of the bagua grid – the theme is Health.

You can apply these same design principals to your desk, too. In fact, when you're new to feng shui, this can be a great way to begin. You'll soon have a better organized work area, and sometimes a little "feng shui magic" will boost your career as well.

Sit at your desk, and start at the left side. In feng shui, this is the Knowledge area. It's an ideal place to store your reference books, such as your dictionary, manuals, and anything else you often reach for when you're working.

If you have a counter or bookcase to the left of your desk, the top may be the perfect place for symbols of Family (family photos) and Security (anything that says "old money" to you).

The back left corner of your desk is the Money area. Whether your monitor is there or something else, be sure to keep this corner clean, dust-free, and uncluttered. If there's space in the back of your monitor for photos or posters, this is the perfect place for pictures of what you plan to do (or own) when you have an even better income.

At the back center area of ​​your desk, or on the wall directly in front of you, take advantage of this Fame area. Display awards, diplomas, certificates, and anything that tells others about your accomplishes. Add a little red – the best color for this area – to draw attention to your new display.

At the right corner of your desk, and on the wall behind it, the focus is Romance. This is where you'll place photos of your sweetie, or symbols of love and partnerships. If you have flowers or pens at this area of ​​your workspace, remember: Everything in twos … no "onesies"! (Of course, if you're hiring for a date this weekend, put two fresh flowers in a vase in this area. But, be prepared: This might work even better than you'd expected.)

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