Author Archives: Tyson Brown

Sylvia Shugrue Award winner 2013

As Director of Distance Learning for University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural history, each year Chris Tower created and provided professional development for more than 300 teachers throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin via two distance–learning, cross-curricular science programs: the JASON Project and BellLive. In his current position, he has established a service-learning water quality study [...]

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Science of Golf: physics of the golf swing

What do the trebuchet, said to have been invented in China in about 300 BC and Paula Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion, have in common? They both owe their success to the double pendulum effect. Find out why in Science of Golf: Physics of the Golf Swing. If you live in a northern [...]

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Science of Golf: friction and spin

It’s the Sunday round on TV and the leader lands short of the green. He (or she) pulls out a wedge and gives the ball a mighty whack. The ball lands well past the pin, then suddenly starts spinning backwards! Before you know it, the ball has snugged up to the hole. How do they [...]

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Science of Golf: scoring

Is a series of single digit numbers really that hard to mentally add up? Seems that many high school golfers think so. Even as a senior excelling in calculus, my golfer daughter and her competitors would whip out their cell phone calculators after a round to add up their scores… for 9 holes! It’s really [...]

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Science of Golf: water conservation

If you’ve ever flown into a city of any size, you know you can spot a golf course a mile away. The well-manicured fairways, even when snaking around natural contours, contrast sharply with the local vegetation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in water-starved deserts where the climate promotes year-round play. And no one is [...]

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Discovering Science: teaching science and sequencing (seeds, grades K-1)

They put down roots and then sprout shoots! Seeds—they are little packages that bring new plants to life. As children discover the steps in a seed’s development, they will also experience the skill of sequencing. Understanding sequence or the order of events, helps children develop scientific inquiry as well as literacy skills. With NSTA’s latest [...]

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Science of Golf: evolution of the golf ball

Baseballs have their stitching. Soccer balls have their black-and-white pentagons. And golf balls have their dimples! All have the potential to aerodynamically affect the balls’ movement through the air—to the players’ advantage when they know how to use it. Sometimes I think I should just be hitting a solid ping pong ball because I can’t [...]

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Discovering Science: teaching science and a sense of history (sun and shadows, grades 4-5)

Do students really know about the importance of the sun and the shadows it casts? They may be fascinated to know that hundreds of years ago the sun was the key to helping people know the time of day. NSTA’s “Discovering Science” lesson on the sun and shadows lets students explore how shadows can be [...]

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Discovering Science: classifying and categorizing (matter, grades 2-3)

Key critical thinking skills can be easily incorporated into science lessons. And you can keep the “matter” of teaching science exciting, fun, and relevant! NSTA’s “Discovering Science” lesson on matter provides you with a natural segue into strengthening students’ classifying and categorizing skills. Those critical thinking skills help students see patterns and organize their thinking. They [...]

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Discovering Science: teaching science and motivating students (acid rain, grades 4-5)

Think about it. Why would students be motivated to learn about acid rain if they don’t understand what it is and why it is a problem? It’s not difficult to motivate students when you have the right resources and tools to make a science concept authentic and relevant. NSTA’s new “Discovering Science” lessons provide those [...]

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