Category: Secular Science

Teaching a homeschool science co-op: General Notes

In September, 2013 my family moved from the Mammoth Lakes area in California to the San Diego area. One of the reasons for moving was that my then 13-year-old homeschooled son wanted a community of kids who he felt he had more in common with, AKA kids who were also homeschooled. He had friends in the small mountain community where we lived, but all of them attended traditional school. He was beginning to feel like an outsider and different in a way that worried me. We moved to San Diego and soon met homeschooled kids who he liked and...

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Volunteering at the Intel ISEF (international science fair)

Check out the Intel ISEF Scinec Fair! Look where I get to volunteer on May 15th. http://student.societyforscience.org/about The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards. Millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Intel ISEF-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win...

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Mapping the Universe

Featured Image courtesy of NASA.gov There is only one problem with writing an earth and space text, it makes me want to build a space ship and fly away and explore the universe. Don’t you just wish you could? This great TED talk shows a map of the universe. About half-way through Carter Emmart says that there is a sort of containment around the universe, i.e. a boundary. When you get outside this to wonder what’s there is essentially meaningless because it is before time. I LOVE...

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