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Sometimes as a lecturer at the university, I've surprised students with an occasional quirky illustration of a complex topic. The world of science is surprising and wonderful. Sometimes it is frustrating, too. It is absolutely essential to keep your sense of humor, and I try to do that in my videos. Scientific concepts are found in everything you use each day. I choose to use some unusual objects including cookies, gummy bears, and cats to demonstrate complex science topics I present the essential elements of the scientific method and how scientists do science in order to de-mystify the process. Thinking like a scientist can help us understand confusing or misleading claims and become better consumers and citizens.
 
Here are some of my favorite whimsical science videos.
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 Blood Cell Bakery

Explore the various types of blood cells in this

multipart series using cookies as models.

 

 

 

 

 Liquid Nitrogen Frozen Gummy Bears

My most popular video. Lots of annotations 

provide extra science information! 

I also explain some ways science uses

Liquid Nitrogen! 

 

 

 Cats in Sinks: A Science Lesson

An internet website showing cats in sinks led

me to wonder, "What is the best way to determine

how many cats will fit in a large lab sink?" 

I have some help from a couple of young people.

I explain Theoretical vs. Experimental

methods plus the use of models in science. 

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Gummy Bears Demonstrate

Osmosis and Crystallization

A happy accident of trying to make these

insulators conductive to electricity shrunk a bear

and causes crystals to crash out of solution!

 

 

 Determining the Mass/Length of Gummi Bears

How to set up a lab notebook, use a balance and

calipers. The difference between accuracy and

precision, weight and mass, and more! 

 

 

 

Sonicating a Gummy Bear

The video that started it all.

A student wondered

if a gummy bear could be sonicated,

so I obliged with an experiment!

I explain how scientists use

sonication in the cell biology lab, too! 

 


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