I run a hands-on STEM program called Sci-Tech in 7 pilot schools. We teach electronics, programming, and some physics. Students research projects that interest them and build things. The second year is biomedical technology so many of the projects will have a medical focus.
These are articles I found interesting, and which 8-12 graders who are bright and motivated can read and learn from.
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Fri, Mar 02, 2012 5:08 PM in Misconceptions
In the Earth-moon-sun system, people assume everything is in the same plane, which is why they wonder, isn't there an eclipse every month. They also assume bodies are spherical and orbits are circular, and then of course there is the infamous "Coriolis-toilet-swirling" idiocy that refuses to die because people in the media keep irresponsibly keeping it alive. See Bad Coriolis: http://www.ems.ps...
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012 11:34 PM in First time teaching the causes of moving currents in the atmosphere and ocean
This isn't entirely on ocean currents, but related. The site I originally set up, the Stevens Ocean Observatory, shows tidal waters off New York City. It plays currents as a movie of 48 frames interactively, and you can see the salinity and temperature changes at the mouth of the river. You can see Coriolis as the plume curves to the right, and that Coriolis even makes the New York side of the ...
Mon, Feb 20, 2012 11:01 PM in astronomy and Hawaiian seafarers
I can't wait to check out those links when I return from vacation, can't see video from here too well.
I loved "The Last Navigator" which wasn't about Hawaiian but Micronesian navigation, excuse my ignorance, is that close enough in the family tree to be of interest? The book was awe inspiring, and sad as you see what has been culturally lost.
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