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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Three Short Takes (Teaching The Periodic Table, Sketchbooks)

#1 - This Scientist Is Turning Every Element In the Periodic Table Into Music (+Video)

Jennifer Ouellette | February 22, 2016

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Materials scientists typically rely on their eyes to analyze data, but soon they could employ their ears as well. Setting the motions of molecules to music can help scientists identify hidden patterns in their data that might otherwise be too small, or occur over such short time scales that they’re easily missed by the human eye.
That’s the hope of Asegun Henry, a mechanical engineer at Georgia Tech. He has applied for a National Science Foundation grant to create an educational app that catalogues unique musical signatures for every element in the periodic table. He’s even setting them to music.

Musical example from article. Source:

#2 - Crayons That Teach Children the Periodic Table

Learn outside the lines: Chemistry lessons have never been so colorful

Rob Kleiman | February 22, 2016

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They say that learning is contextual. Etsy store Que Interesante is selling a set of crayons that have chemistry labels to go with color names to help kids learn the periodic table. The thinking here is that while children, or adults, are coloring, they also get exposed to the names of chemicals that make those colors.

Crayons That Teach Children the Periodic Table

#3 - 9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop

Go ahead, give your inner artist some space to grow.

Priscilla Frank | February 23, 2016

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"Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached," artist Irwin Greenberg said.
OK, but what if you're not an artist? Or, at least, not yet. Can you still gain something from incorporating a sketchbook into your everyday life? The answer is yes, yes, a million times yes. And here's why. 
Exercising your creative mind is just as important as exercising your body. Studies have shown that just seeing, never mind creating art can lower levels of cytokine interleukin 6 -- a marker of inflammation that can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even Alzheimer's. And while coloring books have recently become the trendy artistic outlet of choice, I'd like to make a case for their humble grandfather, the sketchbook.

Sketchbook drawings by artist Pat Perry. Source:

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