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July 20, 2016

Why Salt and Pepper?


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They’re on just about every restaurant table in America. Most of our recipes call for them. Salt… and pepper. Who decided that this one gray, ground-up powder was going to be the#1 spice in the western diet?!


If you are like me, you have a hard time wrapping your head around 3D drawing. Well, just think sculpting. That’s what 3D drawing is — sculpting something in space from a special colored plastic that is extruded from a pen with a blue light on it. That’s it in a nutshell. After getting a feel for the pen and the ink, Emma decided to make an elephant.

Artistic Tips for Using the AtmosFlare 3D Pen

I asked the resident artist what advice she would give other kids using the 3D pen in terms of creating artwork.

  • Test it out first by building a little cube or tube like the photo above. See how far apart you can make the strands to see how it works.

  • Your thumb and hand will get cramped from pressing the ink out. Pace yourself.

  • Some of the colors are easier to draw with than others. The consistency differs by color.

  • Work slowly, and watch your line. When it starts to droop, connect it to something to anchor it. If you work slowly and extrude enough ink, you can go pretty far in mid-air. The video below demonstrates this tip.

  • Clean your tip periodically by dabbing it onto a disposable surface.

  • Your creation will stick to whatever you build it on. Make sure it’s something you can throw away eventually. And when you peel it off, be very careful! Let is harden for several days before even trying or you may destroy your art.

    Read the whole article here: http://jimmiescollage.com/2016/03/3d-pen/


Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as “Dr. Skateboard,” teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park.

I’ve been an educator for over 20 years, a journey that’s taken me from being a middle and high school teacher to an Associate Professor of Science Education. I’ve also been a skateboarder for over 37 years. I started riding my board when I was a seventh grader in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia and stayed with it because it was fun and something I could do with my friends. Skateboarding quickly became my passion. It’s still part of my everyday life and continues to influence the way in which I see the world.

“Dr. Skateboard” was a nickname I earned as a skateboarding educator. I’ve made it my mission to inspire students toward pursuing goals in education along with their own personal interests. My inspiration for choosing skateboarding to teach physics came from my work with middle school students who were not interested in the topics of science class until I showed how much of physics, such as forces and motion, were found in things they did regularly — like skateboarding.

Catching Air on a Compound Machine

Often, students will ask their teacher, “What is the point of this?” or “Why are we doing this anyway?” They want to know exactly how the material they’re learning in class will apply to their everyday lives because, at times, it seems disconnected from what they do. Physical science concepts are often taught quite traditionally in school, and in an almost clinical manner, isolated to a specific circumstance within a classroom. This is what disconnects the tools and the content from the students’ experiences. There is a real need for educators to explore and connect content in settings that are both authentic and relatable for students.