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  • NSTA Chicago Workshops

    Posted on March 1, 2015 by Bruce Rea

    Arbor Scientific's NSTA National workshops by Buzz Putnam for 2015.
    Cool Tools for Force and Motion
    Thursday, March 12 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    McCormick Place, W470a
    These engaging demos are presented by award-winning teacher Buzz Putnam. Classroom-ready activities include Stunt Car Lab, the Monkey-Hunter “problem,” the vertical vs. horizontal acceleration demo, a simple way to prove “g” is always the [...]

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  • MSTA Grand Rapids

    Posted on February 14, 2015 by Bruce Rea

    See us at booth 19 and make sure you can attend our workshops to see our "cool tools" in action.
    Cool Tools for Force & Motion
    Donald Pata, Arbor Scientific Primary Subject: GS, PH Interest Level: MS, HS, CO

    Friday, February 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

    Location: Thornapple
    Learn a simple way to prove ‘g’ doesn’t change. Launch [...]

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  • HASTI Indianapolis Feb 11-13

    Posted on January 30, 2015 by Bruce Rea

    Stop by and say hi, we will be at booth 615 and have a few workshops including Sound and Waves by Elaine Gwinn, Fun with Light, and Color and Motion Inquiry by Dr. Joel Bryan.
    Stop, Hey, What's That Sound?
    "Cool" ways to help students understand the principles of sound and waves, and how they relate to everyday [...]

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  • New Stirling Engine gets students pumped

    Posted on January 23, 2015 by Bruce Rea

    This Stirling Engine is a hot air engine that uses the expansion and contraction of air under the influence of a temperature change to convert thermal energy into mechanical work and electrical energy. The electrical energy is then used to power an LED bulb. The principle of the engine is simple. A denatured alcohol burner [...]

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  • Holiday Gift Ideas

    Posted on November 17, 2014 by Chris Posa

    Galileoscope Kit

    Galileoscope Kit

    Product # 11-0020


    Super Bottle Rocket Launcher

    Super Bottle Rocket Launcher

    Product # P4-2050


    CHEM C1000 Chemistry Kit

    CHEM C1000 Chemistry Kit

    Product # C1-6000


    Crystal Growing Kit

    Crystal Growing Kit

    Product # C1-3150


    Fun Fly Stick Science Kit

    Fun Fly Stick Science Kit

    Product # 11-0051




    Product # P6-2030


    Magic Science Kit

    Magic Science Kit

    Product # 11-0041


    Newtonian Demonstrator - Newton's Cradle

    Newtonian Demonstrator - Newton's Cradle

    Product # P1-6001



    7" Plasma Globe

    Product # P2-7110


    Power House

    Power House

    Product # P6-6014


    Spill Your Guts Game

    Spill Your Guts Game

    Product # 11-0042




    Product # P4-2500


    Paramagnetic Putty

    Paramagnetic Putty

    Product # P8-1200


    Lumin Disk

    Lumin Disk

    Product # P2-7113


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  • Teaching About Inclines

    Posted on October 7, 2014 by Bruce Rea

    As part of the AAPT Films Series, James Lincoln explains the theory and laboratory techniques involved in the teaching of inclines.

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  • Toy Box Physics: smoke rings, mushroom clouds and vortexes

    Posted on September 10, 2014 by Bruce Rea

    This was the winning entry for the Toy Box Physics Contest by James Lincoln. He describes how vortices / vortexes are made and shows how to make them. He also shows when they occur in nature, including the mushroom cloud, dolphins and an air cannon.

      James Lincoln
    Tarbut V’ Torah High School
    Irvine, CA, USA
    James Lincoln teaches Physics in Southern [...]

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  • The Fizziks Wizard: Making Science Phun Again!

    Posted on August 21, 2014 by Bruce Rea

    Buzz Putnam has been presenting workshops, developing products, and writing newsletters for Arbor Scientific for years in addition to his teaching Physics/nanotechnology at Whitesboro High School. Now he offers Science Workshops/Training for Science Teachers, Student Groups & Assemblies.
    Check out his site to schedule your workshop and see Future Workshops he will be giving around the country. He [...]

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  • Holography Made Easy Kit

    Posted on August 19, 2014 by Bruce Rea

    Litiholo holography – So easy even a caveman could have done it (apparatus review) by Chris Chiaverina featured in The Physics Teacher details our new Holography Kit #P2-7050. Read the attached PDF from Vol. 48, November 2010 The Physics Teacher. "Who could have ever imagined that making a hologram could be so simple?"

    Download: Litiholo holography [...]

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  • The Importance of the Best Fit Line

    Posted on July 31, 2014 by James Lincoln

    One of the most important skills that you will learn in physics class is drawing a best fit line. Usually what happens is you take two related variables and chart how they relate to each other. For example, mass vs. weight which of course are directly related to one another. As the mass increases, its [...]

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