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22 October 2014

Chaos World of Motion Kits

Have you tried using a “hands on minds on” type of curricula?  It allows all ages to explore the concepts of mathematics and physics, as well as enjoy letting their creative minds run wild! Check out a video demonstration of the Chaos Tower!

16 October 2014

Upcoming NSTA Web Seminars

NSTA web seminarsWe would like to point out some online web seminar training, that will be held by the NSTA, over the next several months.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) was founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.  It is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.  NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

Below is a list of online web seminars that they will be holding over the next several months. They are easy to do and convenient for those looking to further their knowledge. Did we mention they are FREE? Sign up today! [...]

15 October 2014

Steel Sphere Density Kit

How are they different? How are they the same? One floats and one does not! Which is which? Great for teaching the skills of observation and deduction! Although these two shiny, metal spheres have about the same mass, one has a diameter significantly smaller than the other, making their densities vastly different. Seeing the large one float in water seems unbelievable!

08 October 2014

Meade Electronic Eyepiece

The Electronic Eyepiece can be used with virtually any telescope. View live video images of the Moon, planets, stars, and land objects on your television screen. Just connect the cable to the yellow colored video-in port of your TV set, monitor or VCR. Comes with video cable.

01 October 2014

Spectrum Tube Carousel – Probe

The Spectrum Tube Carousel Power Supply holds eight gas spectrum tubes simultaneously. You can quickly switch from one gas to another without handling the tubes. The power supply allows your students to view spectral lines using any of our spectrometers. Unlike other designs, there is no exposed high voltage.

Probe must be used with a Vernier interface (i.e. LabQuest and LabQuest Mini) or a computer with Vernier software.

29 September 2014

High Impact Campaigns

STEM-Logo-smSIUE is offering an easy way to make a gift to one of the High Impact Campaigns!

The university relies on the involvement of the community and this website makes it very easy to give to a variety of projects on campus. A number of departments that the STEM Center works with are currently seeking funds for their projects, and the STEM Center itself is looking for funds for the Science & Engineering Research Challenge coming up this spring.

Support from alumni, friends and parents like you have a positive impact on every aspect of SIUE. Consider supporting our programming today and sharing the link with others who might be interested in being a part of the SIUE Community.

24 September 2014

Vernier Dynamics System

Use the Vernier Dynamics System to improve your kinematic and dynamic experiments. The system is ideal for studying Newton’s second law, acceleration on an inclined plane, momentum, and much more. The track is coated with a black anodized finish, to provide lower friction than bare metal. Adjustable feet and the ring-stand bracket make it easy to level the track, or turn it into a ramp. The 1.2 meter length is long enough for most dynamics experiments.

Combined with the photogates and motion sensors with our Vernier LabQuests, this makes an excellent introduction to force and motion, or a way to push concepts farther with older students. Give your students a unique learning experience with the dynamics system sets!

22 September 2014

H-racer 2.0

Discover the automotive technologies of the future by building and driving your own hydrogen fuel cell car.

Discover the automotive technologies of the future by building and driving your own hydrogen fuel cell car.

Check out our new H-racer 2.0!

The H-racer 2.0 is a new generation remote-controlled car. The recipient of many awards from Time Magazine’s “Best Invention,” to Business 2.0 Bottom Line Design Awards, the H-racer 2.0 is designed to explain renewable energy science in a classroom environment. It can be used for school projects as well as science fairs. It can even be used as an interactive activity for the family. Stop by the STEM Center today to reserve the H-racer 2.0 for your school.

You can check out a description of the H-racer 2.0 on our STEM Inventory website or at Hydrogen Ideas.

 

18 September 2014

The Life Size Mousetrap

mousetrapTake a look!

The Life Size Game of Mousetrap uses Newtonian mechanics to plant the seeds of curiosity with a 25 ton Rube Goldberg machine.

Projects like this could be a great addition to STEM programs.

15 September 2014

LabQuest Mini

Looking for more in-depth analysis using the Vernier interface? The Resource Center has 7 LabQuest Minis!

The perfect solution for educators collecting data with a Windows or Macintosh computer, LabQuest Mini works with Logger Pro 3 or Logger Lite software for unparalleled power, analysis, and curricular support. Students can watch their data being collected with real-time graphing and see how changes to their experiment are reflected graphically. With 3 channels the LabQuest Mini can measure several different types of data at the same time to compare variables.

More information about the LabQuest Mini can be found on our inventory site.