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Thanks for another great year everybody!

I’ll leave you with a link to the website about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  We didn’t really get a chance to talk about some of the controversy regarding teaching evolution, however, I think you’ll enjoy this.  It is a spoof on Intelligent Design and the arguments that people make to explain why Intelligent Design is a “science” (it is NOT) and why it should be taught in schools along with evolution (which IS SCIENCE).  You should start by reading the “Open letter to the Kansas School Board”.  The Kansas School Board voted in 2005 to change the science teaching standards and require schools to teach intelligent design in science class.  By 2007, the members of the school board (which had changed by then), voted to revoke their amendment so that the definition of science was returned to “the search for natural explanations for what is observed in the universe.”  No supernatural beings involved.  Yea for science!  Okay, I could go on and on…but here are some links:

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Wiki: Intelligent Design

National Center for Science Education: Why Teach Evolution?

Okay!  HAPPY SUMMER!  AND DON’T FORGET…

What the world needs more of is… SCIENCE!

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Somehow our conversations in class can veer towards some interesting topics.  In a class activity about whale evolution, we started to talk about the exploding whale.  For the unenlightened, here’s the video.  I first watched this in high school and it always brings back warm and fuzzy memories.

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Maker Faire!

On Saturday, I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo. It was my first time…and I think I’ll return every year now.

“Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.”

http://www.makerfaire.com/

Robots, electronic intruments, crafts, marshmallow shooters, crazy bicycles, alternative energy cars, flaming art, battling robots, power too drag racing….just a little taste.

Here are some of my pictures and also a few from their website.


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See this great interactive article about the noises that fishes make!  You can hear the sounds of a clicking clown fish, a herring that blows bubbles out of its anus to communicate (Charming, huh?), and the very attractive toad fish which hums for love.  My favorite is the Black Drum fish which sings a low beat-boxing tone.

Toad fish

The Toad Fish…Humming for Love

Who couldn’t love a face like this?

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Girl with homemade lip-glossThis is a wonderful article about a workshop for kids at the Museum of Science in Boston. It sounds like a great lesson…I might have to steal some of these ideas.

Check out the link.

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And here’s the Blackalicious song-Chemical Calisthenics! Blackalicious is a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area.

Blackalicious

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The Element Song

Here’s a video version of the Element Song I’ve been playing in class. Try to keep up with it!

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