3-12, Creative Thinking, Education, Science, Student Products, Teaching Tools, Websites

Nature Animated Gifs

It’s another Fun Friday, and I’m not sure this post is going to have its desired effect.  The animated gif is working as I edit the post, but is static when I preview it.  Either way, you can hop on over to “Head Like an Orange” to view some animated gifs that are actually animated.  I found about this site from “It’s Okay to Be Smart“, one of my favorite geeky blogs (although I wouldn’t necessarily send an elementary student to that site, as sometimes the topics are somewhat “mature”.) I’m sure a gifted child can find lots of ways to entertain themselves with these fun animations!  Maybe they are more clever than me, and can find a way to insert them into a Powerpoint or video 🙂

Art, Education, K-12, Science

2012 Photomicrography Competition

photo by Geir Drange, Honorable Mention in 2012 Photomicrography Competition

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious—it is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein

The 2012 Photomicrography Competition is a perfect combination of art and science, a delightful example of the awe-inspiring beauty that even the smallest pieces of the natural world possess.  Browse through the winners and finalists to view, with crystal clarity, the symmetrical shape of a snow crystal or the fearsome vision of a mosquito.   These entries into the contest, sponsored by Nikon Small World, would be attention-grabbers in any classroom.  They are perfect for story starters, research ideas, or just intriguing screen savers!

By the way, I learned about this contest from my new, favorite blog, It’s Okay to Be Smart.  If you love science, this is the place for you!