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Six-legged spiders

Here’s a quiz for you: what’s wrong with these pictures? Did you find anything wrong? Surely you noticed the black widow spider has only 6 legs, not 8.  Here’s the original – I amputated one leg with photoshop for the … Continue reading

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Making memories stick. With Play-Doh.

My boss, Carl Wieman, likes to describe what we do as “looking for the pattern of how people learn science” (as he does in this video.) And the places to look are classroom studies, brain research and cognitive psychology. I … Continue reading

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Sending bottle rockets to new heights (of learning)

My Twitter streams crossed this morning and before I even got to work, a blog post about kids, STEM, learning science, teaching science and rockets was practically spilling out of my head. It started with a tweet from @physorg_com (h/t … Continue reading

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Learning Multiplication

I know a little bit about the differences between teaching with “blocking” or with “interleaving.” If you were teaching multiplication with blocking, you’d teach the “4 times table”, then the 5x, then the 6x and so on. With interleaving, you’d … Continue reading

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Galileoscope eyepieces

Galileoscope co-designer Stephen Pompea peers through his creation. (Dean Coppola / Contra Costa Times from Cosmic Log by Alan Boyle) “I put my Galileoscope together. How do I use all these eyepieces?” That’s a question I get all the time. … Continue reading

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