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Student Seismology Research Station – Seismometer and Magnetometer Recording Via Computer Sound Card

(Seismology = the study of earthquakes Seismometer = device for measuring earthquakes Magnetometer = device for measuring magnetic fields) One cannot ordinarily record earthquakes via a computer sound card as they don’t respond much to the slow vibrations experienced in … Continue reading

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Simple Magnetometer Science Project Using Water as Lens

(Click on photos to see full size image.) Theory A magnetometer such as this can detect small changes in the Earth’s magnetic field. It can be useful to monitor these changes as they may indicate the occurrence of natural phenomena … Continue reading

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“Why don’t they teach kids to be responsible?”

On page 21 of All About Motivation to Learn, the point is made that the current education system contributes to irresponsibility in children. That if they’re allowed no control over their education, if they are not consulted, their thoughts and … Continue reading

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Kids’ Resource Center

See our new blog location for more projects and more articles on education… http://kidsresourcecenter.org

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Simple magnetometer for detecting earthquake precursors

(Electronic gadget for predicting earthquakes)   magnetometer: n. [Magneto- + -meter] An instrument for measuring the intensity of magnetic forces [1913 Webster] precursor:  One who, or that which, precedes an event, and indicates its approach; a forerunner [1913 Webster] Scientists, … Continue reading

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All About Motivation to Learn

A new book about raising and educating children After almost seven years, half of that doing the clay models, we have finally gotten this book into print. It started after I had spent a couple of years teaching English in … Continue reading

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Field Workshop in Taitung

We sometimes wondered if it would be possible to travel around, running handcraft workshops in other locations. I was skeptical because there are so many tools and materials used in our projects. Forgetting one particular sized screw or nail might … Continue reading

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Recording Earthquakes for Beginners

One of many earthquakes I’ve recorded. This one was a 4.2 around 90 Km away. Background In my search for educational projects that can engage a kid’s interest, I recently began looking into seismology (from Ancient Greek, “seismos”, an earthquake … Continue reading

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Summer 2010

With the summer 2010 program just about finished, the most successful project by far has been the 4WD car. These were the first ones off the production line.

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Wooden Crane

This project is similar to the 4WD car, not only in that the student is working with wood and electrics, but also that the concept of drive ratios is involved. The crane takes this a little further: one can observe … Continue reading

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