Time for Parents to Step Up

Usually we have role models in society that teach us to be better than ourselves, to strive for more, and to tout skills that are applicable to the growing community around us. We find those traits in teachers and we find that in some well-known Science personalities. For the first time in almost a decade, we have a president that is not a role model ...

How to Write Good (Grammar Tips)

In lieu of the College Board having any sort of standards anymore, given that the New SAT is essentially making itself worse, and the old SAT stood as one of the only tests that required some sort of grammar knowledge, I officially declare my intention to force grammar upon those who unwillingly ignore all basic grammatical rules. U no wat Im talking ...

How to Speed Read

I am a slow reader. It is a fact. I have always been slow, though I guess I most likely was slower in the past and faster now. That said, we all want to be able to read more material in less time, and be able to remember it all. Unfortunately, unless you have a photographic memory or are Johnny-Five from the movie “Short Circuit”, you are ...

What is the Best Way to Teach? [by Ross Benson, a teacher]

What is the best way to teach? There is of course no right answer to this. From the Socratic Method to meditation to apprenticing in vocation guilds, different cultures and schools of thought have tried to determine what works best in transferring the knowledge that these societies deem to be important. The reason why this question is so hard to answer ...

An Analysis: the New SAT vs ACT

As many have read about, and some have begun to study, there is a New SAT that goes into full effect March of 2016. So, do you study for this New SAT, with minimal available study material, or do you switch over and definitely take the ACT? I took a look at the New SAT and here is my analysis … NB: It has been argued that the SAT is changing, ...

Math in Real Life! How to Shuffle Cards.

“How will learning this help me in real life?” Welcome to the most commonly spoken phrase from anyone in school. Well, the best answer is that there are so many things around you that are made possible by all the things that you learn, and though you may not have invented them, understanding how the world works is a part of your education. Then, ...

Tease that Brain!

Here’s a fun little brain expander you can try: http://cognitivefun.net/test/11 A very simple auditory brain challenge where you hear a certain series of numbers and then have to type them in reverse order. Every 2 you get correct, a little arrow will appear to allow you to add one number to your series for the next round. Good luck!

The Physics of the Snowball

Why snow is suited for snowballs, the physics of a snowball in motion (through air), and a snowball rolling down a hill. I was planning on writing a brilliant breakdown of the physics of everything there is to a snowball, and then SCIENCE (and the Internet) bested me on the task. Check out Angela Herring’s breakdown on the chemistry behind the ...

How Popcorn Pops…

This is a quick little video from the NYTimes about the physics of when a popcorn kernel pops along with the scientific article about popcorn popping … and how the “pop” sound is the release of water vapor. See, you could grow up and be a scientist! … who just sits around and eats the popcorn you pop for “work.”

The Physics of Why We Use Salt to Melt Ice

Many times a year do I have the joy of hearing a student comment that the material he or she is learning in school will never be valuable later in life, or applicable in any way. This post is for all those students… The SCIENCE of WHY WE DO STUFF: Why we put salt on ice in the winter. Ice’s natural freezing/melting point (they are the same ...