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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: 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

Living sustainably and well being

I have been using the SuperBetter app for the last few weeks. In it, you earn points (which you can do nothing with) by activating power ups (things like getting tasks done early or reaching out to a friend or family member). There are also quests to o and enemies to face. I won’t go … Continue reading

To tell a story or not to tell a story

A story is a pretty powerful thing. I’ve had day campers come back to me a year later and repeat some of the stories I’ve told and I’ve watched adults debate the truth of a particular legend told on a canoe trip. The stories we tell ourselves can greatly influence how we respond to trauma … Continue reading

My favourite science podcast: Ologies

I have only recently jumped on the podcast bandwagon but I am really enjoying it. It makes my daily commutes on public transit significantly more interesting. One of the podcasts I found is Ologies hosted by Alie Ward and I absolutely love it. Alie talks with a different -ologist in each episode about a specific … Continue reading

Thinking creatively requires suppressing your brain – sort of

At the work Christmas party yesterday, we were all attempting to come up with the names of specific Christmas carols based on different images. Things like a weigh scale sitting in a manger to represent “Away in a manger”. There was one in particular that I knew I didn’t have correct but I couldn’t stop … Continue reading

How certain are you? Leadership, responsibility aversion, and certainty

I started coaching figure skating when I was about 11. Since then I’ve picked up a number of coaching certifications and worked for several years leading outdoor sports. I always knew that in these roles I had responsibility for others. I had control over the environment that was created, opting for positive and supportive, but … Continue reading

Moving habitat

Several years ago I created a series of posters for my classroom at the time that showed the different biomes around the world. A biome is a generalized description for an area that is based on climatic factors such as precipitation, temperatures, and geography. A desert is one type of biome. The plants and animals … Continue reading

Reading on screen or on paper: is there a difference?

I do my best to read things on a computer screen. I started this for a few reasons: 1) financial savings – I’m not paying for ink or paper, although I am potentially paying for more electricity; 2) less paper use, although the question of whether paper or electricity is the better choice environmentally does … Continue reading

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