Going forward, all STAO blog posts will appear at the newly revamped STAO website, stao.ca. Most of the resources that you’ve learned to love at the current location have already been uploaded to their new home. The current location will remain in operation for a few weeks.
Source: Even during the winter, there are some wet swampy areas that defy freezing. Sometimes it’s the current; sometimes it’s the heat from decomposition that keeps the water from freezing. Alternatively chopping through ice in a shallow swampy are would also give you access to the bottom detritus. A sample was taken from my backyard pond on Dec 10th.
Sample: When taking a sample, ensure that there is plenty of vegetation. Some will still be green. You may find Duck Weed, or some kind of filamentous algae. A 500 mL sample will provide enough material for several classes. I re-purposed a used blister pack to act as well slides for this activity. When glued to popsicle sticks, my mechanical stage easily gripped this. That allowed me to have 6 samples on the stage at once.
Marshmallows are a delicious, fluffy staple of summer, campouts, and barbecues. Did you know that there isn’t really much to them? It’s true. The best way to see what really comprises a marshmallow is to put it to the Marshmallow Masher pressure test. You’ll use the power of air to demonstrate what you’re really eating when you roasting ‘mallows this summer. Want more experiments like this?
Density differences cause objects to “float” in liquids that are already stacked on top of each other.
With this science-magic trick, you’ll put a new spin on our famous Density Column demonstration. First, you’ll discover how to stack nine layers of liquids on top of each other. That alone looks really cool, but then you take it up a notch by making different solid objects “float” in the middle of all those cool looking stacked liquids. You’ll surprise yourself and your friends with what you can do with the 9-Layer Density Tower. Continue reading →