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This is one of my favorite science toys! I keep a mini ping pong ball cannon in my class at all times because it is a fun way to get the students attention. And, at every STEM Magic Show I start with the ping pong ball cannon to kick things off with a bang! The cannon...

There are hundreds of ways to brew coffee and, for the most part, they all produce coffee that tastes like you'd expect coffee to taste. So, in the past, I've never worried much about how to brew the coffee, just that I wanted my coffee to be good, hot and full of caff...

Below is the entire lesson plan for the lab experiment that I use with my students to perform the "Gold Penny Lab". We have a friendly classroom competition with this lab to see who can make the most convincing gold penny and the winners, as determined by student votes...

Recently Forbes Magazine reported that global production of plastic bottles had reached 1 million bottles per minute! That is a staggering figure. They went on to report that 91% of those bottles are never recycled. Imagine the ecological impact of all that plastic end...

Gun cotton, also know as nitrocellulose, is a very interesting compound that can be made in the chemistry lab quite easily and is a good way to learn about the practical applications of simple chemical reactions.

What is gun cotton or nitrocellulose?

First, let's look at...

Science doesn't stop during the holidays and one of the things we do in chemistry to remind students that chemistry is all around is to make Christmas Ornaments using Chemistry - specifically chemical reactions involving acid and plating metal with acidified metal ions...

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