Archive for the ‘STEM’ Category

December 9th, 2013 - 10:12 pm § in Data Sources, Humanities, STEM


There is a growing problem in the United States, and that is the increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. For several decades nearly every concerned parent has brought their children to the doctor for every cough, sneeze, and minor infection. Antibiotics are among the most prescribed catego[...]

December 2nd, 2013 - 9:49 pm § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, Humanities, STEM

What are the Odds?

What are the odds that you exist? No doubt this is something few people have thought about, but according to this infographic, the odds are 0. Luckily, this world has you, and hopefully luckily, the world has every one of your students. In teaching odds, this would be an interesting infographic to s[...]

September 30th, 2013 - 1:01 am § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, featured, Humanities, STEM

Five Ways to Clean Up Space Junk

As you and your students may be able to imagine, our planet is filled with trash. Most of what we consume today is considered not to be used more than a few times, and so we throw it in a trash can and then put it on the street for the trash men to take […][...]

September 23rd, 2013 - 7:37 pm § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, Health, STEM

Amazing Facts about the Human Body

Anyone who has studied anatomy and physiology at all would agree that the human body is amazing. It is a machine that keeps us moving and creating, and recreates itself to keep itself healthy. It has defense mechanisms and the ability to reproduce, all while nourishing itself by using our environmen[...]

September 16th, 2013 - 7:32 pm § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, featured, STEM

The Ten Best Inventions of All Time

The ten best of anything can be a matter of opinion. Before sharing this infographic, have your students brainstorm the five or so best inventions. Then backtrack, and figure out what had to be invented in order for these items to be invented. For instance, in order to use Twitter or Facebook, the i[...]

September 13th, 2013 - 1:06 am § in Data Visualizations, Humanities, STEM

Know Your Toilet

Your student’s may giggle at this infographic, but “no invention has saved more lives than a toilet. Billions still lack one. Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection. All of this, entirely preventable.” This quote is entirely true and taken from[...]

September 9th, 2013 - 7:06 pm § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, IGAD, STEM

The Wonders of Cast Iron

Recently I joined a school tour of an historic building with which I volunteer. One thing that was discussed was the reason a four story building was the tallest building here in Raleigh, North Carolina when it was built, and what has happened to allow buildings much larger to tower around it. One s[...]

September 2nd, 2013 - 12:29 am § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, Humanities, STEM

The Solar System: Our Home in Space

Narrated by a gentleman who sounds much like Robin Leach, former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, this short video is the subject of our IGaD today. In fact, our solar system is home of many rich and famous individuals, just as it is home to those of us who are less rich […][...]

August 14th, 2013 - 1:56 pm § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, Humanities, STEM

Moon Phases Explained (with Oreo cookies)

This infographic includes a great activity for students of any age. Hand out Oreos to each student, and have them create each moon phase as depicted at the top of the infographic, assigning one phase per student. Then create a sun (a lamp), facing the Earth, and have students place themselves at eac[...]

July 29th, 2013 - 1:03 pm § in Data Sources, Data Visualizations, STEM

Curiosity: Seven Minutes of Terror

Now I don’t know if this title is alluding to the fact that the men and women on the ground were terrified the Curiosity would not land properly, or the feelings of the Curiosity itself or those aboard, had there been people aboard, but regardless, the descent of the Curiosity was quite terrif[...]