This Week in STEM: Fidget Spinners and Life on Mars

This Week in STEM: Fidget Spinners and Life on Mars

At Concept Schools we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out on what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

There are many more amazing things going on in STEM than we have shared, so leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week.  

You can turn your fidget spinner into a lab centrifuge

We know, fidget spinners are either the bane of your existence or the best thing to have happened since Bill Nye the Science Guy made a comeback. Either way, this article on instructables shows you how to turn a fidget spinner into something useful: a lab centrifuge!

Buzz Aldrin Wants You…to Go to Mars 

Forty-eight years after he landed on the moon, Buzz Aldrin held a gala at the Kennedy Space Center last week to raise money for his nonprofit space education foundation, ShareSpace Foundation. The foundation announced a new nonprofit to create an educational path to Mars. working to advance STEM education.

 

Could you outrun a T-Rex? 

Scientists at the University of Manchester used a new computer simulation to assess the speed of Hollywood’s favorite hungry dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Turns out the massive creature probably walked rather than sprinted.

Get ready, Apple Fans: New Emoji Previewed for late 2017

This Monday was World Emoji Day (it’s a real holiday, we promise), and Apple decided to join the fun by previewing a set of emoji. Some of our favorites include the zombie, the coconut, and the dinosaur. If you’re interested in emoji, you should check out this great article on using them to teach kid’s critical reading skills.

The Science of Fried Chicken 

Reactions, a Chemistry channel on YouTube, posted a video explaining the science behind perfectly delicious fried chicken. Because nothing says science and learning like a chemistry lab in your own kitchen.

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