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The Physics and Physiology of Collisions and Concussions

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Every school year, right around the time football and soccer are in full swing, our educational specialists field questions from educators about lessons centered around concussions. Since academics and athletics are often two key student interests, building lessons around sports is a great way to spark student curiosity and bridge scientific concepts with their lives outside the classroom.

We brought John Melville, our Director of Biology, and Fran Poodry, our Director of Physics, together to help answer some key questions about the relationship between collisions and concussions. We have also gathered several helpful resources for further research and a few ideas to bring into your classroom or laboratory.

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Celebrating Evolution Day with Vernier Technology

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November 24th is Evolution Day, which celebrates the publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin in 1859. Darwin’s theory of evolution is one of the central concepts in biology.

Experiments in comparative physiology are an excellent way to teach concepts in evolutionary biology. The Vernier Biology Department developed an experiment that investigates the comparative physiology of snails and fish.

Graph of comparing the respiration rates of fish and snails.
A comparison of the respiration rates of fish and snails

In this activity, students measure the respiration rate of an aquatic snail, a goldfish (Carassius auratus), and a Betta (Betta splendens) using a small respiration chamber and an Vernier Optical DO Probe or Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe. Get the experiment overview and download for “Evolution of Aquatic Respiratory Systems.”

Evolution-related Activities from Investigating Biology through Inquiry

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Inspire Your Students on National STEM Day

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On Friday, November 8th, teachers all over the United States will celebrate National STEM Day with their students to encourage exploration in science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education is crucial for 21st-century students. STEM-related careers are growing 70 percent more than others, and that demand will only increase. As a result, the education world is continuously evolving to implement STEM into the classroom.

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