Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Comic Book Periodic Table of Elements

The Periodic Table of Comic Books is a neat website that I found via Mark Spahr's blog, Cooked on Education. The Periodic Table of Comic Books is a project of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. The idea is that for every element in the Periodic Table of Elements there is a comic book reference. Clicking on an element in the periodic table displayed on the homepage will take visitors to a list and images of comic book references to that particular element. After looking at the comic book reference if visitors want more information about a particular element they can find it by using the provided link to Web Elements.

Applications for Education
The Periodic Table of Comic Books could add another element to a Chemistry teacher's bag of tricks for engaging students disinterested in Chemistry. The links to Web Elements provide students with reference materials to help them understand the significance of what they read in the comic book references.

Fun and Easy Science Experiments

Normally, I don't like to link to websites that are selling products, but in this case there is enough free stuff on the site to justify sharing it with you. Steve Spangler's Science website features videos and podcasts of simple "kitchen chemistry" experiments in action. The website also presents a variety of ideas for science fair projects. If you're so inclined you can buy the items necessary for conducting the experiments from Steve Spangler, but my guess is you can find many of the ingredients closer to home.

Here's a short video from Steve Spangler's Science website about Diet Coke, Mentos, and exploding watermelons.

Applications for Education
Steve Spangler's website is useful for elementary and middle school students and teachers looking for fun and easy science experiments. The videos provide useful visual aids to accompany the written experiment descriptions.