be excellent to each other & don't run with scissors

60:180 Light ON!

Lightbulb Investigation 2018 from Heather Waterman on Vimeo.

Students did a great job this year building their light bulbs from some wire, batteries, pencil lead, and a binder clip.

46:180 Python Returns

Students worked today investigating how to write more sophisticated code by using modules and using example code to design their own. By “breaking” code we’ve been able to analyze what are the essential pieces needed to do tasks like calculating Gravitational Potential Energy or velocity if only energy information is known.

26:180 Happy Birthday Dr. Mae Jemison!

We name our equipment after women in STEM, better than just Car 1, Car 2… and today is Dr. Mae Jemison’s birthday read more from her NASA biography here.

Students have a goal of developing a proceedure and data table (which must get approved before data collection can begin).

18:180 Ruler Car

2nd build has begun

We had a late, but great, start to the year so far. We are finishing up our first unit “Balloon Pop” where students learn to work in teams, analyze data, and discuss the differences between precision and accuracy.


185:180 Summer Reading – Chasing Space

Today is last day of school. Another great year where I am thankful to work with such great students and colleagues.

I’ll be reading “Chasing Space” by Leland Melvin for my Summer Reading.

180:180 Final Rube Goldberg Projects

178:180 Tap, Tap, is this Mic on?

As per usual, the end of the year starts to fly by at an alarming rate. The students have done a great job with their final projects in telling the conservation of energy story through Rube Goldberg machines, calculations, and qualitative narration. This video is the trailer; full projects will be online next week.

153:180 Measurement of Ω

Students have been working with resistors, finding out how devices that use them can achieve different results: temperature adjustment, bright or dim lightbulbs, electrical circuit protection.  This also has allowed us to learn a different part of the multimeter.



135:180 Daily Date Doodle

Daily Date Doodle is a project that started in 2016 with Pi Day but quickly became an opportunity to learn about women and people of color in STEM fields. As a student, and even though I was a Physics and Geology double major at Mount Holyoke, the stories of scientists were, save one (Mme. Curie), were about “dead white males.”

The one area I don’t have many resources is on LGBTQIA & Nonbinary people in STEM, and it is an area that I want to do more research and find people to feature

I use many resources for inspiration for the daily posts:

Rachel Ignotofsky’s Women in Science (picture from her website)

Rachel Swaby’s Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — And The World (picture from her website)

Patricia Sluby’s The Inventive Spirit of African Americans: Patented Ingenuity
David Foy’s Great Discoveries and Inventions by African-Americans

https://todayinsci.com/ – A good starting point for general regular information about the history of STEM

http://www.thehistorymakers.org/makers/sciencemakers – A great resource (not only biographies but also interviews!) of African-American Pioneers in STEM Fields

If the person is a medical pioneer, I will often end up here https://cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/

http://www.womenshistory.org/ – National Women’s History Museum

Twitter Accounts
https://twitter.com/smrtgrls – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
https://twitter.com/amightygirl – A Mighty Girl
https://twitter.com/womenshistory – National Women’s History Museum
https://twitter.com/minouette – A scientist by vocation, artist by avocation: marine geophysicist-printmaker, or vice versa

Many artists, graphic novel authors, and others have given me some fantastic ideas about how to show complex ideas visually.
Sydney Padua’s Amazing Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

Larry Gonick’s “Cartoon Guide to Physics”

The all the work of Ed Emberley

David McCauly’s “The Way Things Work” and his other works

Amanda Phingbodhipak’s projects

Mike Rhode – Sketchnotes

And Paul Hewitt – whose drawings have helped us all use a visual language to teach Physics


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