New ScienceMan Digital Lesson – Force of Friction

New ScienceMan Digital Lesson – Force of Friction

Hello everyone – long time, no chat! Sorry of the long absence, ScienceMan has been pretty busy. But recently I found a bit of time to create a video about the force of friction. This video has a bit of a twist though, I’ve also got a short product review of Kahtoola Nanospikes. A great product if you want to run safely on slippery winter surfaces. Here’s the video, I hope you like it! Speaking of training, the reason I’m…

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Goodbye, CanadaScience.org :(

Goodbye, CanadaScience.org :(

It’s with a touch of sadness that I have decided to shut down the CanadaScience.org teachers network. With almost 800 members, it has been a resounding success at bringing together Canadian science educators. However, many irritants and shortcomings in the network have built up into a “death by a thousand cuts” situation, and the point has been reached where it’s no longer tenable to keep the network going. Before I explain all the issues/problems that led to this decision, it’s…

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Stunning 4K Time-lapse of the Sun

Stunning 4K Time-lapse of the Sun

NASA’s solar dynamics observatory is known for taking spectacular images of the Sun. Someone had the fantastic idea to take the high-resolution images and string them together, resulting in a spectacular animation. What’s more is that this animation was rendered in 4K, so you can view it full-size on even the largest monitors without any loss in quality. So this would be a good video to “view on YouTube“, and then, if you’ve got the bandwidth to support it, choose “4K” (2160p) from…

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Chickakoo Nature Area – Perfect for Biodiversity Studies!

Chickakoo Nature Area – Perfect for Biodiversity Studies!

I was recently asked about ideas for biodiversity studies – and at the top of my list if you are in the Edmonton area would be the Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area. Just a few minutes North of Stony Plain, this nature area is a real treasure. Chickakoo is LOADED with bodies of water – lakes, ponds, sloughs – all easily accessible, safe, and perfect for collecting water samples. The flora is highly varied, your students will have a great time…

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The Making Of: Surface Area and Reaction Rate

The Making Of: Surface Area and Reaction Rate

My apologies for having neglected the blog for so long, but ScienceMan has been plenty busy with his good friends at ADLC. I’ve been building videos and resources as part of the ADLC team now for awhile and I’m really enjoying it. ADLC has a terrific group of professionals that are dedicated to making quality resources. Some of my recent projects have been making science videos for elementary and junior high, so that’s been a lot of fun. I’d like…

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ScienceMan’s Experience with… Juicing?

ScienceMan’s Experience with… Juicing?

Juicing – Introduction… Why Juice? At one point or another it seems we all consider improving our eating habits. About a year ago, I reached that point myself after many years of bacon addiction and carrying around an extra 30 pounds. Thanks to a very encouraging and supportive wife, and a great group of “maximum training” friends, I’ve really improved my fitness. At the same time, I’ve made some pretty straightforward and simple changes in diet – minimizing breads, pasta,…

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Home Hacks – Furnace Humidifier Pan

Home Hacks – Furnace Humidifier Pan

Those of you with older homes might have an older model of Wait-Skuttle drum-style humidifier attached to your furnace. In my case, I’ve got the 45S model, which was very popular “in the old days”: Cleaning these humidifiers is always an unpleasant task. Even more so if you have hard water – the evaporation that occurs leaves behind crusts and deposits of calcium that are difficult to remove. The evaporator pad is not worth cleaning – replacement pads are very…

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Scientific Explorer Series on Dark Energy

Scientific Explorer Series on Dark Energy

A stunning series on the Dark Matter from Scientific Explorer has recently been published – this is a 14-part tour-de-force of physics that you really MUST read. Here are the links to every excellent entry in the series: Part 1: How Dark Energy Fits Into the Evolution of the Universe Part 2: What Expansion of Space Means Part 3: Two NASA Pie Charts Tell Us a Great Deal – And Bring Up Many Questions Part 4: What happened to the matter in the universe? Part 5: The…

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Tutorial – Yenka Chemistry – Alkali Metal Reactions

Tutorial – Yenka Chemistry – Alkali Metal Reactions

Welcome to the Yenka Tutorial Series ScienceMan’s having a such blast playing and learning with Yenka, I thought, why not put some Yenka ideas online for teachers and students to check out? So without further any further blabbing, here’s today’s tutorial: Yenka Chemistry – Alkali Metal Reactions One of the great things about Yenka is its ability to simulate chemical reactions in a realistic way. This is becoming more and more important as jurisdictions move to ban more and more…

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Tutorial – Yenka Light and Sound – Eye Problems

Tutorial – Yenka Light and Sound – Eye Problems

Welcome to the Yenka Tutorial Series ScienceMan’s having a such blast playing and learning with Yenka, I thought, why not put some Yenka ideas online for teachers and students to check out? So without further any further blabbing, here’s today’s tutorial: Yenka Light and Sound – Eye Problems One of the great things about Yenka is its ability to bring static phenomenon to life. I’m sure you’ve all seen eye cross-section diagrams showing near-sightedness and farsightedness. But without the ability…

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