Category Archives: Science

The Brain with David Eagleman

My 3rd grade GT students are studying systems – including the brain.  When I received an e-mail about a new series by that name, hosted by David Eagleman, I was intrigued.

The 6 hour television series will begin airing here in the States on October 14th on PBS.  However, you can view some clips from the show ahead of time – and many of them are the perfect length to show younger students (2-3 minutes).

I showed my students “Inside a Child’s Brain” and we all learned something from that short clip. The thought that a two-year old child has more neural connections than any adult is staggering, but reinforced our learning that if we don’t use those paths regularly they will disappear.

We also enjoyed “Brain City.”  Comparing the brain to a thriving metropolis perfectly explains the interdependence of this system, and the difficulty we have isolating any one of its parts.

My short sampling of clips has told me that I am definitely going to enjoy this series!

image from: PBS
image from: PBS

Star Stuff

The Kuriositas blog posted this beautiful video that was inspired by the life of Carl Sagan.  It’s nearly 10 minutes long, but well worth showing to your students if you want to encourage curiosity and following your passion.

Star Stuff
from Star Stuff, written and directed by  Ratimir Rakuljic


The Material Science Girl

Ainissa Ramirez is a material scientist who’s mission is to explain our world in a way that makes sense to those of us who might not describe ourselves as very scientific.  Listen to her interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” to learn more about material science, Dr. Ramirez’s bold visions, and the many facets of this awesome STEM role model.  For more information, visit her website.

image from Wikipedia
image from Wikipedia

Astronaut Eileen Collins Talks about Math

I found this 2-minute video on the Museum of Mathematics website. Eileen Collins, who was the first female pilot of the Space Shuttle, talks about her difficulties with math and the great reasons for sticking with the subject.

The Serious Business of Play

At the intersection of art and science, you will find 3M’s recent Rube Goldberg Machine video.

It is a masterpiece that proves that logic and creativity are not mutually exclusive.



I Never Thought that What I Did Was a Gift

As many teachers and administrators start trickling back to school this month, and we sigh at the alarm clock’s ridiculous early hour intrusion, it may do us all some good to be reminded of why we do what we do.

Albert Siedelecki working with his students
Albert Siedlecki working with his students

In this video from 2009, Albert Siedlecki receives a surprise phone call from one of his former students from the 1980’s, Lee Buono.  Siedlecki’s reaction to Buono’s words of gratitude was to say, “I never thought that what I did was a gift. Teach.  But that’s what it is.” Teachers rarely get the chance to learn of their long-reaching impact, and this video is a wonderful tribute to those men and women who make a positive difference.

For more Inspirational Videos for Teachers, check out my top faves here.

Teachers’ Day Out at HSM

If you are a teacher who happens to be in the vicinity of the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas, this week, a great opportunity awaits!  The Mill is offering free admission to teachers from August 5th to August 7th and the chance to win $100 credit to spend in their Science Store.  I’ve mentioned this wonderful spot before on my blog, and I highly recommend you make a visit.  There are activities that the entire family can enjoy!  Click here to learn more.