Was very proud to take some students recently to Clark university for a MITs-Seaperch workshop where in 1.5 days they took a box of parts and made a functional underwater ROV. They did everything themselves: soldered the switches, wired the control box, waterproofed the motors and made them thrusters…it is incredible what feats students can accomplish if they are just asked to try.
Today in Physical Science students laid out and discovered the trends that can be seen in the patterns of valance electrons on the Periodic Table. Students worked as a class and then teams to discover the trends that can be seen when you look at the table as a whole.
Astronomy and Geology are great ways of putting Chemistry in context. It’s one thing to see the elements in the periodic table, but then you have to ask “where did they all come from”?
Nova’s Elements Forged in Stars
And Prof. Brian Cox’s explosive explanation