Fire Ants vs. Giant Spiders

I noticed the next morning, the fire ants had been busy cutting out their own path of resistance. The fluon barriers I had placed to ensure the ants remained secure inside the Selva de Fuego had weak spots. Over night, the ants had figured out that the corners were easier to cling on to despite…

Imperial College London: Where It All Begins

We live in a world that is constantly asking questions To understand our complex planet, we need people and organizations dedicated to solving global challenges. At Imperial College London, the next generation of problem solvers are engineering sustainable solutions to climate change. This technology is transforming the way we interact with our environment. We’re improving…

Practical classroom management

“Practical Classroom Management: Class-wide and Individual Strategies” Consider the following two scenarios: The first is Ella, a 4th grade student who has been having behavior problems in class – she is frequently leaving her seat, which on occasion escalates into talking to or bothering other students. She shows non-compliance and occasional disobedience when asked to…

What Are Muscle Knots?

Whether it’s after a long day hunched over your computer or a week of stressing out about a big test, you probably have had muscle knots before. These knots — otherwise known as myofascial trigger points — are pretty much what they sound like: painful spots in your muscles. They’re different from the kind of…

The Impact of Education Research

So the, our Engineering is Elementary project has introduced young elementary aged kids to engineering, and, engaged them in an engineering designed challenge. And to date, we’ve reached about 10 million children, and a hundred and ten thousand teachers nation-wide. So technology has that advantage, that it can really impact at scale. So for our…

How Do We Learn? Insights From The Brain

Learning happens when reality doesn’t match our expectations. If, after we make a decision, something good and unexpected happens, our expectations will change in order to favour that same decision in the future. It has been thought that, in the brain, only one signal is responsible for learning. This signal is called a prediction error….

Higgs Boson: How do you search for it?

Probably the hottest topic on the energy frontier of particle physics is the search for the Higgs boson. For those of you who haven’t heard about it, the Higgs boson is a proposed particle that might be the thing that gives subatomic particles their mass. A very common question I encounter when I speak to…

Creativity in the classroom

>>FEMALE NARRATOR 1: Welcome to Creativity in the Classroom. This video will help develop teachers’ understanding of their own creativity as well as that of their students. We will provide research-based insights and suggestions, as well as present ideas from experienced teachers about how to better understand creativity and its role in the classroom. The…

Inside the Cell Membrane

Captions are on! Click CC button at bottom right to turn off. Updates on Twitter (@AmoebaSisters) and Facebook! In my second year of teaching, I was looking to improve an osmosis lab I had had done the year previously. Osmosis, if you remember from our osmosis video, involves water traveling through a semi-permeable membrane. Potentially…