Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
|Dr. Tom McCarthy with snow leopard cub|
(courtesy of Panthera Snow Leopard Trust)
Monday, January 4, 2021
Ready for FUN!? Then click AMAZON to share my Middle Grade novel now available on Amazon Kindle as well as in print. In fact, it's FREE on KindleUnlimited and super inexpensive to own. I've even made it available to enjoy and then loan.
But first, I want to personally share a sample. So I'm reading the first two chapters aloud. I had fun launching back into the action and the characters. I hope you enjoy it!
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Friday, October 30, 2020
There's nothing more fun than figuring out...
"What will happen next?"
This is a great STEM challenge and brain tickler because it isn't always what looks likely at first glance.
YOU'VE GOT THIS!
So how's your reaction time?
YOU'VE GOT THIS!
To test it, have a partner hold a ruler at the top with zero end down.
Hold onto the ruler so your thumb is close to the zero.
Next, open your grip so your fingers are no longer touching the ruler and stay alert.
Your partner will suddenly release the ruler.
Then look to see which number is under your thumb. The lower the number, the faster you were able to react.
Repeat this test two more time.
Does your reaction time improve with practice? Switch and test your partner's reaction time.
Now, really STEM this nature moment. What if you needed to catch fish to eat? How could you mimic the bear--and even do better to catch not just one fish but a bunch? Brainstorm! Plan!
Native Americans and early pioneers needed to do exactly that to store food for winter. Check out these sites:
ONE MORE CHALLENGE
Will the fish be able to gulp in the frog?
Or is a frog quick enough in the water to be likely to escape?
Imagine yourself in the frog's place. What would your next move be?
Imagine yourself in the fish's place. What would your next move be?
Predict what's most likely to happen next. Tell why you made that choice.
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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Slip at least two baseballs into a plastic grocery sack to keep things clean and chill them in a refrigerator for an hour. While you're waiting think about how chilling changes other things, like pancake syrup or butter. Then conduct this test to find out the cold facts.
Work outdoors on a paved area or indoors on a smooth, hard surface (after checking with an adult).
Next, spend five minutes warming up the balls using anyway you can think of to do the job safely, such as holding the balls in warm hands or even setting them on a hot water bottle.Then repeat the bounce test with the warmed balls.
They should be!
There's a cork core inside a rubber ball surrounded by nearly a quarter mile of woolen yarn, a winding of cotton/polyester yarn and a leather jacket sealed with 108 stitches (not one more or one less).
The finished ball must weigh between 5 and 5.25 ounces (141 and 148 grams) and be between 9 and 9.25 inches (22 and 24 centimeters) around.
You'll need a wooden bat and a hammer (either a real hammer or a wooden mallet) for this activity. Your job is to find the one special spot on the baseball called the sweet spot.
Have a partner grab the end of the bat's handle and let the bat hang straight down.
Use the hammer to tap the bat gently near its fat free end. Then repeat tapping the bat gently at points closer and closer to the handle.
Usually striking the bat at the sweet spot will produce a slightly different sound. The person holding the bat should also feel less vibrations when the bat is struck at the sweet spot.
When a Major League player strikes the ball at that
spot, it's not uncommon for the ball to leave the bat
traveling 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour.
In the past, Major League ballplayers tried to make balls travel farther by swinging heavy bats. Here's a photo of Babe Ruth at bat. The Home Run King regularly used a 42 ounce (1,190-gram) bat. Sometimes, he even used one that weighed 52 ounces (1,474 grams).
Today, players have decided they can knock balls farther by swinging faster. So they are opting to use lighter bats--ones weighing 32 or even 28 ounces (907 or 793 grams).
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