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Written by: 
Rebecca Clark

Have you ever watched ants going into and out of their nest, and wondered what was going on underground? It’s pretty hard to find out from the surface. If you dig up the nest, the ants get pretty upset! So the simplest way to watch what ants do inside their nest is to trick them into thinking they’re underground when they actually are not. You can do this by putting them in an ant farm.

Pressing Plants
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek

Have you ever seen an interesting plant that you wanted to keep? The best way to preserve a plant specimen is to press it and dry it. Here are the simple materials and steps you need to make your own herbarium.

Written by: 
Elena Ortiz

Make Your Own Pocket Seed Viewer. You can test the effects of light, temperature and gravity. Once you are finished you can use the Excel spread sheet to graph the results. You can also compare your experiment to Dr. Biology's seed experiment

Written by: 
CJ Kazilek

Join the revolution. You can now produce podcasts for classroom, school, and beyond. Very little equipment required and costs are low. The benefits can be high. Clearly there are many different learners and the types of media that are effective for reaching them continues to evolve. Audio media is one more tool that can reach students.

DNA methodology
Written by: 
Guruatma "Ji" Khalsa

There are lots of sites out there full of molecular techniques and protocols, but very little information (either online or in readable hardcopy form) that explain how and why these techniques work.

Written by: 
Logvin, Kazilek and Lawson

Many students lack skills in the use of basic reasoning patterns and, as a consequence, fail not only to understand the nature of science and how to do science, but also fail to acquire understanding of key scientific concepts and theories. However, most students can improve these important reasoning skills given appropriate instruction.

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