SciJinks – The Ultimate Weather Website!

NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather website. Targeting middle school students, SciJinks makes the science of weather fun and engaging with exciting and accessible content, games, and multimedia. Find answers to mysteries like our changing seasons, lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other curious phenomenon with the site’s colorful “now I get it” pages. Learn about weather satellites by playing “Shields Up!” or “Satellite Insight!” There are videos, printable images and posters, and lots of other help for teachers. SciJinks also shows you its content by topic: clouds, tides, oceans, atmosphere, seasons, satellites—you name i

Mini-Challenge: Achieve Neutral Buoyancy

Neutral Buoyancy Kit
Neutral Buoyancy Kit

We use this to help students understand the real-world challenge for ROVs, scuba divers and deep sea explorers who need to stay under the surface of the ocean but not sink to the bottom. Try this yourself, and then take it to your classroom! You’ll need a tub of water, plastic eggs and mini weights – we used random items of different weights, like marbles, tiles, fishing lures and beads. Get the worksheets here.


Dakota Writing Project for Educators

logoTake the DWP Invitational Summer Institute and earn six hours of graduate credit at reduced cost!*

Educators at every grade level (K thru college) in any subject area (science, language arts, math, history, administration, etc.) are invited to apply for the Dakota Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute. Consider applying and share this invitation with your fellow educators as well.

Get all the details here:   2015 DWP Invitation



Jeff Schneider, SDIL STEM Coordinator, is bringing football to the classroom with a challenge to resolve a real-life controversy: Deflate-gate. Here’s the challenge Jeff’s students are working on, and a few photos of their process.  We hope you bring this to your students, too – we’d love to hear their stories!

DeflateGate Challenge

The New England Patriots has been in the news lately for having 11 of their allotted 12 balls deflated by two pounds per square inch. Some say that is not a significant issue. Others say it is a MAJOR difference!

Design & conduct an experiment to prove how much difference a deflated ball makes in the passing game.

Each student must submit his or her own work, questions, answers, explanations, and narratives. You may work together to gather data, but must submit your own work.


1 properly inflated football

1 underinflated football

Measuring device

Optional- Camera (video preferred)