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Magic Mondays: Oobleck

I wrote a post a while ago that you can read about non-Newtonian fluids so I’m just going to give you the potion recipe here. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue magic Mondays on a weekly basis. It might become a monthly thing instead. But you can still download the potions book and … Continue reading

Magic Mondays: Density and a Time Jar

Our third Magic Mondays post before Christmas. Remember you can get all the potions plus a muggle reference guide for $5 CA and help support science education. The muggle reference guide includes additional questions and ideas to support critical thinking. Actual Recipe Water Giant Squid Slime Leprechaun Elixir Dehydrated Doxy Venom Directions The Science Behind … Continue reading

Magic Mondays: Separating Fats and Dancing Milk

Here’s the second Magic Monday post. I’m also thrilled to announce that you can purchase all 8 potions right now for just $5 CA and all the proceeds from sales before Christmas will be donated to the Alberta Science Network. Purchase potions book and muggle guide. Actual Recipe 2 % or Whole Milk Food colouring … Continue reading

Magical Drafts and Potions: An Activity Book for Harry Potter Fans

From Fizzing Whizbees to Erumpent Toothpaste there are 8 recipes for different magical potions that any Harry Potter fan would enjoy creating. There’s also a muggle guide with instructions, easy to understand science descriptions, and some notes to help encourage critical thinking. All the proceeds from the sale of this item before Christmas will be … Continue reading

Magic Mondays: Surface Tension and Basilisk Venom

A few years ago, I made a potions kit as a gift for a young Harry Potter fan. I had a blast coming up with different science experiments that could be done with ingredients from the grocery store and renaming them to create my own magical illusions. Well someone asked if I could share these … Continue reading

A dose of sugar makes the future seem worth waiting for

I wrote a post last fall on the impact of seeing nature on our ability to pass on small rewards now in order to receive bigger rewards in the future. To be honest, I had since forgotten about this but having been in a pretty good deep freeze off and on (but mostly on) for … Continue reading

Because putting chemicals into the atmosphere always works out for the positive right?

Despite some recent articles by some major news outlets there is no plan to dim the sun in order to combat climate change. Thankfully that suggestion is still well out of reach of science, of course perhaps we should try raking the surface :). The article that these outlets were referring to is by Smith … Continue reading

The origin of elements

Check out this article about the periodic table that two astronomers modified to show the origins of the different elements in your body. https://www.sciencealert.com/this-awesome-periodic-table-shows-the-origins-of-every-atom-in-your-body

No straight answer

A few weeks ago I wrote two posts on synthetic versus cotton clothing and synthetic versus cotton wound dressings. Those came out quite squarely on the side of the synthetics. But nothing in life is ever that simple. The other side of the discussion are the environmental and social impacts of cotton versus synthetic clothing … Continue reading

Science Videos that Rock

I’m a big fan of not reinventing the wheel. I also believe that using a multitude of tools and resources is valuable for all learners. As a consequence, I use a lot of resources developed by other people when I teach. I thought I would share some of those here. Crash Course – created by … Continue reading

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