Teach Write: The Dual Audiences of Children’s Literature

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Last time, we discussed the special, double audience that we have to consider when writing a class assignment for a teacher. Hopefully that advice will help all the students that have now…

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BITS – Olafur Eliasson’s Space-Themed Works

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist known for his large-scale installation artworks and sculptures. Driven by an interest in perception, feelings of self, movement, and embodied experience he employs elemental materials such as air temperature, water, and light to add dimension to his  works.  While Eliasson does not explicitly describe the influence of science in his works, he has collaborated with scientists many times throughout his career. Perhaps as a result, scientific concepts permeate many…

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Active Learning Examples

Active learning can take many forms. We are sure you are using some of these already but here we have compiled a longer list of active learning examples to hopefully help you expand your toolkit. If you need information on what is active learning, why it works so well, some strategies for applying active learning […] The post Active Learning Examples appeared first on Ajax Scientifc Ltd.

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Bedtime Stories

Many parents tell bedtime stories to their little children. One father, Jason Heeris, admitted on Twitter the other day that a few weeks earlier he set out to bore his three-year-old child to sleep by telling everything he knew about particle physics and nuclear physics. There was rather a lot to tell. And to his surprise, Jason said:Every night since then, as he's falling asleep, his little voice pipes up: "tell me about atoms daddy."Check…

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Predicting Exoplanetary Atmosphere using Machine Learning: The ARIEL Data Challenge 2019

Artash Nath, Grade 8 Student. Over 4,000 exoplanets have been discovered by space and ground-based telescopes. There may be billions or even trillions of these exoplanets in our galaxy alone. The NASA’s ongoing Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission is building upon the legacy of the now-retired Kepler Space Telescope and searching for possible planets around nearby bright stars. More space-based telescopes are in the pipeline to accelerate this search for the exoplanets such as the…

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Path Certainty

If there’s one skill I have, it’s worrying. I’m good at worrying about everything. From things that are worth worrying about to things I have no business being concerned with, I can find myself going down the rabbit hole of panic for just about anything. This comes out most frequently after I am asked the question, “What do you want to do with your life?” I know that people ask this in a well-meaning way.…

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