Also, Greta Thunberg, who was on a SciFri video of ours a few weeks ago, was just named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" for her work inspiring conversation and action regarding climate change. She is the youngest person to be given this honor.
One SciFri video is about some humanoid mini robots battling it out at a competition! The engineering and design is so cool! The other SciFri is a comparison video of planets to different stars and then continues into the galaxy and beyond!
We had a SciFri last week about how to make a cloud in your mouth! Then, this week we saw a video about an octopus using problem solving skills to get a fish. Super interesting!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we're thankful for SciFri...or SciTues in this case! Here are two videos, suggested by Issa N. and Alishan M. Thanks, guys!
Thanks to Dylan D. for suggesting this! He found the video about the guy who created a substance that absorbs more light than Vantablack, which is the most light-absorbing material. If you don't know what Vantablack is, check out the other video first!
We've had some interesting SciFri videos in the past few weeks. Here are some of them - thanks for the recommendations!
It's a new year and a new building and we're back in the swing of things. Here are a couple of the SciFris we've had so far!
So yeah, I'm a little behind on sharing some SciFri videos...oops! Here are a few we've watched in the last few months. Enjoy!!
Our first SciFri was suggested Jason R. - thanks! Though the Earth isn't flat our solar system IS! Check it out.
The video from this week was suggested by Period 11 students! What is a black hole? How do they work?
You hear a lot that drinking is bad for teens, which seems like an obvious statement. However, what actually happens inside a teen's brain if they binge drink? A study done in 2010 found some significant effects in teens that drank 4-5 drinks at a time about 2-3 times a month. The results were different for boys and girls, but equally damaging in the amount of effect on their brains.
Thanks to Joel W. for suggesting this awesome video!
How strong is oobleck? You know that fun corn starch and water combo that sometimes feels like a liquid and sometimes feels like a solid? They explore how strong it is in this video with chainsaws, bb guns, and even a golf ball cannon launcher! This channel, The Backyard Scientist, has some really interesting stuff.
As a bonus, here is the other video they made together, too! How would you survive better if a grenade exploded?...on land or in the water?
I really hope that the song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is running through your head right now! A solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the Sun from our point of view on Earth and the shadow from the moon is cast onto Earth, creating darkness in the daytime. On Monday, August 21 we will be privy to a once-in-a-few decade opportunity to see this! Now, that's a little bit of an exaggeration for us who aren't going to be a little farther south. The path of the shadow of the moon will be going through several states in the US and Ohio isn't one of them. However, we are set to have about an 80% eclipse around 2:30 pm on the 21st.
Please make sure you get a special viewer or glasses to observe it! You can also just film it with your phone...but don't sneak a glimpse of the Sun without wearing the proper safety gear on your eyes!
Here are a few resources to tell you a little more about what to expect!
Comment below if you have plans to observe the eclipse!
Here are some of the SciFri videos we've watched recently that I haven't posted. Thanks to Collin, Alec, Val, and Vinnie for sharing videos for SciFri! Enjoy!
Ms. Sereika is a teacher at North Olmsted Middle School teaching 8th grade science.