How to Make a Comet

The 2009 Physics & Astronomy Open House at Indiana University is an annual event aimed at exposing real world scientific concepts to K-12 students in southern Indiana. The fall event—which also includes tours of the Department of Astronomy’s 108-year-old Kirkwood …

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World’s Largest Physics Lesson

On May 7 a total of 5,401 students gathered in Coors Field in Denver for what has been officially named the world’s largest physics lesson. Steve Spangler, an educator whose company specializes in materials for simple science demonstrations, provided nearly …

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“Cosmic Jet Racer” is a Lot of Hot Air

I recently purchased a Cosmic Jet Racer kit for my 11-year-old son. He enjoys cars and science, so I figured that this would be a fun, educational toy, which (as it says on the box) demonstrates Newton’s Laws of Motion. Unfortunately, what this kit better demonstrated was frustration and lack of interest by my child. […]

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