Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday, 6 April 2018

Tomatosphere Experiment

Since 2001, students across Canada and the United States have been testing how exposure to space or space-like conditions affects the germination rate of tomatoes.

Here is the introductory video:
Here is the Tomatosphere home page

Interactive, computer-simulated tomato growing experiments:

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Flood Fill Practise

Here is a Flood Fill style game to practice for the Caribou Contest. You will need to enable Flash for it to work. It's not quite the same as the contest, but it is fun to practice with.
For the actual contest, it will be this Flood Fill game:

Monday, 5 March 2018

Pi Day 2018

Although school will be out for March Break on Pi Day (March 14), we will celebrate as soon as we return.
  • Special recognition of students who memorize digits of pi (Link to a helpful song)
  • Some excellent Pi Day activities from the centre where is all started - Exploratorium
  • Check out the Pi Day website for many, many interesting things about pi!
Pi Day Mathematical Jokes:
  • Can you recite pi? Yes! Apple, cherry, blueberry...
  • 3.14 percent of sailors are pi-rates.
  • What is the official animal of Pi Day? The pi-thon.
  • The mathematician says, “Pi r squared.” The baker replies, “No, pies are round. Cakes are square."
  • What do you get when you take a bovine and divide its circumference by its diameter? A cow pi.
  • Do you know any statistics jokes? Yeah, but they're mean.
  • What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter? Pi in the sky.
  • Never talk to pi. He'll go on forever.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Cool Optical Illusions

Here are some interesting optical illusions:
These really show us that is it our brain, as well as our eyes, that is needed to see!

Ball Launcher Challenge

This year, students, working in pairs, will participate in the Science Buddies Ball Launcher Challenge.

Here is a link to the introductory video:

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Arithmeic Practice

To hep practice for the Caribou Math Contest (and for math class in general), here is an arithmetic practice game that is simple, configurable (and at the time of this posting, ad-free):

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Starting with Spheros

Spheros are small, remotely programmable robots that about the size and shape of a tennis ball.

When you first want to program a Sphero using the SpheroEdu app, a good place to start is:
During the above activity you will be asked to program your Sphero to go in a square.

Tangram Resource

Here's a great collection of tangram puzzles!
Dedicated followers of this blog may remember Aunt Annie's page from our hexaflexagon fun.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Hour of Code 2017 Activities

Here are some interesting activities to try during Computer Science Education Week or Hour of Code activities!

Video - "Anything worth doing doesn't come easy"
Sequencing Activities - headphones required for videos
Animation - headphones required
Games - headphones required
Art with Java - Intro - headphones required
Solar System (images are broken)