Deciding on the Ballooney Baku "race" to enter their tissue-paper hot air balloon in, identifying the kind of fuel necessary to win the race, and analyzing the fuels.
This is how a series of lessons, using tissue-paper hot-air balloons as a stimulus for a study of Fuels and Energy in MYP year four Science, began at The International School of Azerbaijan in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Video of my buddy Andy and I playing with fire crackers, testing out a demonstration before performing in front of students.
What gives popcorn its pop?
When I used to teach, I would begin a topic with a multi-media PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic and for a few other reasons, one of which was to get some laughter from the students!
Guess what topic this was an introduction to? Follow the link to find out!
A simple experiment involving inversion of a conical flask over burning a candle in a dissection tray with some water can be a stimulus for open-ended, really really fun, very very challenging -- to both students and teachers alike -- problem, covering some fundamental high school chemistry.