Step by Step Science Posts 500th YouTube Video!

The first videos in January of 2010 were on radioactivity, fission, and fusion. The 500th video completes a series on simple machines. In between, Step by Step Science has explained physics, chemistry and math to students of all ages around the world in short videos that guide them through the concepts, equations and formulas thatContinue reading “Step by Step Science Posts 500th YouTube Video!”

Sink or Swim

Do you need a great activity for teaching your kids or students about the scientific process? The Sink or Swim experiment is a fun way to help students develop skills in measurement, calculation and estimation. They will also learn about the concept of density while determining whether an object will sink or float. Density isContinue reading “Sink or Swim”

Salty Science

Did you know that you can make ice cream in a bag with just ice, salt and a few other ingredients? Salt is the ingredient that lets you chill the mixture to the right temperature to make a tasty frozen treat. The salt acts to lower the temperature at which a solution freezes. This isContinue reading “Salty Science”

Work, Energy and the Power of Rubberbands

What are work and energy and how are these important concepts related to each other? This is what I ask my eigth grade students at the start of our unit on conservation of energy. Work is a hard term to define in physics. While sitting quietly and “working” at their desks, students often comment thatContinue reading “Work, Energy and the Power of Rubberbands”

The Power of Electromagnets

Need to sort through all that junk in your basement? Why not build an electromagnet to do the job for you.  An electromagnet is a special type of magnet that is created when a current flows through a coil of wire. These magnets separate materials that contain iron from those that don’t. You can buildContinue reading “The Power of Electromagnets”

Making YOU the Scientist

Students should develop a love of science by doing science. That’s why Step by Step Science is excited to launch a new series of videos with live experiments and demonstrations that can be done from home, classrooms, or just about anywhere. These are fun activities that are easy to set up and will cover basicContinue reading “Making YOU the Scientist”

Quizizz, Kahoot! or Something Else? Making Assessments Fun

Teachers often look for new ways to incorporate digital technologies into their classrooms. One way to do this is through gamification, which means adapting elements of game-play to learning activities. Gamification has not only become very popular, it is also a proven method of enhancing student knowledge. According to Matthew Lynch with The Tech Edvocate, though many subjects can be gamified, games can beContinue reading “Quizizz, Kahoot! or Something Else? Making Assessments Fun”

Teaching Newton’s Laws of Motion

Along with Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton is probably one of the best known scientists in the world. Everyone knows his name, but few people can state his three laws of motion and even fewer can explain their application in the real world. Did you know Newton first presented his three laws of motion in 1686? ManyContinue reading “Teaching Newton’s Laws of Motion”

More to Reading a Graph than Meets the Eye

Are you a visual learner, someone who learns best by seeing concepts or ideas? If so, you probably like using pictures, graphs and charts to learn new things. But what about auditory and kinesthetic learners, those who learn better by hearing, doing, and touching? Physical science relies heavily on conceptual images to illustrate concepts likeContinue reading “More to Reading a Graph than Meets the Eye”

Light Up Your Classroom With The Flame Test Lab

As this year comes to an end and those of us in the Northern Hemisphere approach the darkest time of our endless journey around our humble central star, what better way to light up your classroom than with the brilliant colors of the flame test lab. This activity combines everything that students love: lab work,Continue reading “Light Up Your Classroom With The Flame Test Lab”