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Archive for May, 2016

Teaching Science on a Budget: Insulation & Reflection with a $2.50 Emergency Blanket

Teaching science can be hard, and can be made even harder with limited budgets that so many schools have to deal with. This may be an ongoing segment where we explain how simple, inexpensive items can be used to help teach basic concepts.

So say hello to the Mylar Emergency Blanket:

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The Mylar Emergency Blanket comes folded up but unfolds into a shiny, 52″ x 84″ blanket:

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SmoothFoam Mega Volcano

Erupting volcanos are a staple of many science fairs and school demonstrations. Plus they can be fun to do at home as well. But making the volcano canbe a bit frustrating. Either your make your own volcano with lots of Plaster-of-Paris and the mess caused by it, or a you buy a kit where you make a volcano with Plaster-of-Paris around a framework, or you have a pre-mold that ‘erupts’ using a squeeze bulb rather than a more interesting chemical reaction of vinegar & baking soda.

To help resolve this, the folks ar the Plasteel Corporation developed the Smoothfoam Mega Volcano:

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