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Desigining a Bobsled – Infographic

Designing a Bobsled

The 2014 Sochi Bobsled Competitions are almost at a close, with only the four-man races left to run.  Like many of the events we see in these Winter Games, the technology of the competition has changed dramatically since the first games in 1924.  Then, the four man bobsled was literally that, four men on a sled bobbing down the track in Chamoinx, France.  Today’s infographic shows what does into the designing and construction of a modern bobsled, following the process of the 2014 Bronze Medal winning US Men’s team and their Night Train 2 sled.  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Infographics


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How a Car Engine Works – Infographic

How A Car Engine Works

Most of us use one everyday, whether we’re driving ourselves or catching a ride.  One of the most innovative and complex pieces of machinery out there is the internal combustion engine.  How many of us know how it works, though?  Today’s animated infographic walks you through the operation of a car engine, with bonus graphics on how new hybrid engines work to combine fuels. [VIA]

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Infographics


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Photo of the Day – 9/23/13 (Micro-Screw on a Quarter)

Daily Photo — “Micro-Screw on a Quarter”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Daily Photo


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Plumbing History – Infographic

Water, Water Everywhere

Running water and indoor plumbing is a convenience many of us take for granted.  Honestly, how often have you thought about how we’ve gotten to the point where turning a tap gives us fresh drinking water in our homes, or that the push of a level safely takes waste away?  Today’s infographic gives a little insight into the history of plumbing from the first wells to modern water-saving toilets. [VIA]

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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Infographics


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History of Pyramids – Infographic

History of Pyramids

Most often we associate the pyramids with the plains of Giza in Egypt.  After all, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is the only surviving ancient wonder of the world.  However, Egypt doesn’t even hold the4 record for the most number of pyramids within its borders, and pyramids have been found on four different continents and are the product of a variety of cultures.  Today’s infographic takes a little journey through the histories of these pyramids, where and why they were built, and what purposed they may have served. [VIA]

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Infographics


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The Future of STEM – Infographic

The Future of STEM in the US

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)– these four disciplines are what essentially are driving today’s education and the future job market.  It is estimated that over 1.2 million new STEM job openings will be available in the US alone come 2018.  It is important that today’s students are trained and educated in these disciplines and today’s infographic from Microsoft helps explain why.

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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Infographics


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MyScript Calculator – Intuitive Handwritten Math App

MyScript Calculator

This is my new favorite app!  The MyScript Calculator is a unique tool that allows students to handwrite complex equations and formulas into their iPad or iPhone and obtain instant results.  Not only can this be used to perform simple arithmetic operations, but the MyScript Calculator can also handle more complex operations, including trigonometric functions, logarithms, and certain constant expressions.

From the developer, the full list of supported operators includes:

Basic operations: +, -, x, ÷, +/, 1/x
Misc. Operations: %, √, x!, |x|
x, xy , x2
Brackets: ( )
Trigonometry: cos, sin, tan
Inverse trigonometry: acos, asin, atan
Logarithms: ln , log
Constants: π,
, Phi.

One of the only drawbacks of the MyScript Calculator is that while the technology is intuitive, it is not perfect as assessing what students intend as they write.  Therefore, it is important that they try to do so neatly in the app.  Also, variables are not written as they would in a common algebraic expression.  For example, MyScript reads “x” as multiplication instead of a variable.  Simple single variable expressions can be solved but students need to use “?” as that variable, as opposed to letters.

The applications and advantages of this app are enormous, however.  Students who are unable (or unwilling) to use a basic calculator can try MyScript for a more tactile math experience.  This would also be a help to those students who need to solve more complex calculations that would be difficult with pen, paper, and a traditional calculator.  While MyScript will not, and should not, replace more traditional methods of computation and equation solving it is a fantastic tool to have in your belt.

MyScript for Android Devices

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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks


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Happy Pi Day — Infographic

All You Wanted to Know About Pi

March 14. 3/14. 3.14 Pi Day! Today is the day that the math teachers in my building live for, and there is a full slate of activities planned in all their classes. How much do we really know about pi, however? I know I am still caught in the trap that when I hear the word, all I can think of are delicious circles of Apple or Coconutty goodness — which makes me half right, I suppose! Today’s infographic helps to explain some of the properties of pi, as well as its many applications in mathematics and engineering. [VIA]


Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Infographics


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Two Math and Science Game Apps

A Pair of Gaming Apps


24 Game

You might remember the 24 game as a kid in school!  You get a card with 4 numbers and you have to add, subtract, multiply or divide your way to a total of 24. With this app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone, you can have your class play without the use of the cards.  The interactive nature of the app will definitely spark new interest in this game, as well as the ability to keep score and track fastest times!



The SimplePhysics app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod and is a great tool to have students work with some realistic physics as well as engineering.  Students can build simple to complex structures (it advertises tree houses to Ferris wheels) through a blueprint interface then subject them to various tests in a game-like environment.  Create structures that will withstand different forces, or simple create intricate designs.  An added feature is the challenge mode where students have to create designs like rooftops and bridges to meet certain specifications while also remaining in a set budget for their project.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks


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Great Buildings Collection — Architecture Database

Smith House

(Smith House, Darien, CT)

Great Buildings Collection

Have you ever stopped to admire a beautiful old building?  How about one that was just very distinctive?   If you’ve ever wondered “who built that” or “what style is that” when looking at architecture, then Architecture Week’s Great Buildings Collection is for you.

The Great Buildings Collection is a fully searchable and browser friendly database of architecture from throughout history and around the world.  Full of images and information, the Great Buildings Collection is perfect for the casual architecture fan, the aspiring art student or engineer, or future draftsmen (and woman) and architects.

You can use the Great Buildings Collection in many different class settings as well.  In addition to reproducing the buildings in an engineering or art class, you could take virtual field trips through history and literature, or even examine how the politics and social norms of the time may have affected the architecture.  Either way, if you are anything like me you’ll get lost browsing the Great Buildings Collection for hours!

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Websites


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