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The Bees

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]There is a lot of buzz about bees in the news lately. Honey bees are a most vital part of our survival. They are responsible for pollinating most of fruits, nuts and vegetables we eat and with the recent decline in bee populations, humans are indeed facing a threat.

So lets see these wonderful little bugs up close and learn more about them not only because they are responsible for growing of our food but also because they are important enough to be mentioned in Quran and to be declared a sign of Allaah.

[/text_output][text_output]mention of bees in Quran[/text_output][text_output]Let’s start from the beginning and watch the first 21 days in the life of a honey bee in this super awsome timelapse video.

Bees have powerful social structures. A lone bee is pretty amazing on its own but their true strength comes from their numbers. Find out about the honey bee castes. And since they depend a lot on their hive-mates, they have a wonderful way of communicating with those hive inmates. Learn more about the dance language of the honey bee.

And now let’s take a look at how the little bug does it’s main job i.e. how does bees make honey?

[/text_output][text_output]So what is it about honey bees and hexagons? After all the bees could have just as easily stored honey in triangles or squares so why hexagons? Turns out that our small fuzzy friends are excellent mathematicians. You can either read about this subject or you can watch the video below.

[/text_output][text_output]Now let’s get to the yummy part! the sticky sweet gift that bees give us. Let’s see how is it harvested and stored and so on.

[/text_output][text_output]And now comes the sad part. It is a truth that honey bees are dying out. But why? Scientists have different opinions as to the cause. Lets find some of the suggested causes.

 

But what can we do about it? Turns out a lot! Taking small steps, providing small measures in our own communities we can make a big impact on preserving bees. Plant a bee garden, keep stones and sticks in your bird bath so the bees are able to drink water, don’t use pesticides in your garden and support bee friendly farming.

And lastly don’t forget, if you swat, watch out: Bees remember human faces.

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Video Crash Course in Basic Electronics

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]If you are a budding maker or D.I.Y.er (is that a word?) or even an average human being living in the 21st century, chances are that you keep coming across different electronics. And if you are inquisitive sort of person you may have broken apart your electronic stuff at least once to see what is inside it or what makes its lights flash/ triggers sound etc. And if you have done that you may have been mystified by a a show of strange looking things residing inside of the said toy.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”863″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]Electronics are everywhere. So even if you are not a maker it is good to know how small alien looking parts work and how they make things work. Collin’s Lab is a video crash course for absolute beginners about electronics. He takes us from simple resistors all the way to micro controllers, explaining how these parts work and even telling you how you can re create one at home.[/text_output][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

Join Collin Cunningham as he explores the vast realm of modern electronics and repeatedly discovers why it is so awesome on so many levels. Become quickly acquainted with a variety of technologies and the forces that make them work – from electromagnetic energy to integrated circuits to soldering and beyond.

[/blockquote][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”861″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]Collin’s lab’s videos can be accessed in two places. I am adding the links for both places. You can watch a sample video below and then click on the links to find the whole playlists.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Collin’s Lab at Make Presents” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmakezine.com%2F%3Fs%3D%2522Make%2BPresents%2522|title:Make%20Presents|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][vc_btn title=”Collin’s Lab at Adafruit” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fplaylist%3Flist%3DPLjF7R1fz_OOU08_hRcayfVZSmTpBCGJbL||target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

V8 Working Paper Engine Model

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Engineer Aliaksei Zohlner is super talented when it comes to making tiny paper models of engines that really work.

Take a look at this working V8 engine model made entirely with paper and “some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction” and runs on compressed air. Super cool![/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here is the throttle model made with paper for this engine.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here comes the complete prototype vehicle.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Inside a Hard Drive

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Have you ever wondered what is the strange grating sound you hear whenever you turn your computer on? Well a lot of the that noise is contributed by your hard drive which is a VERY mechanical device. I have always wanted to see inside my computer and see how different parts are working but I didn’t want to ruin my PC. Thanks to the wonderful folks everywhere in the world, now I can have a look at how my hard drive works without ruining my computer. Have a look![/text_output][text_output][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Periodic Videos

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]TED-Ed in collaboration with Brady Haran, best known for his YouTube channel Numberphile and his extensive video coverage of the periodic table, has created an excellent clickable periodic table with videos on every element.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”702″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

In 1864, Dimitri Mendeleev published the first periodic table that organized all the known elements in the world. This tool was groundbreaking for many reasons–including the fact that Mendeleev planned with incredible foresight, leaving space for any new elements that would be discovered beyond his time.

[/blockquote][text_output]Periodic table of elements is a powerful tool for any student of chemistry but unfortunately its strength has been undermined by continuous emphasis over memorizing the elements and their properties. If you are looking for the properties of elements and want to really understand them then this periodic videos site is for you.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fed.ted.com%2Fperiodic-videos|title:periodic%20videos|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Why does spicy taste hot and minty taste cool?

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A Quick Question answer that explains the chemistry that makes minty things taste “cool” and spicy things taste “hot”.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

QuickQuote by Times

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]QuickQuote is a powerful tool which lets you create video quotes and embed them in your site.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”681″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”http://times.github.io/quickQuote/userManual.html” id=”” class=”” style=””]

“quickQuote” is a web application to select video quotes from a video, to embed in a article. it uses Spoken data API to generate a transcription of the video. The user can then search, and select a quote. This can be exported, and the application trims the video, and generates the HTML code to embed it with the corresponding part of the video associated as a dropdown.

[/blockquote][text_output]It is a handy tool for journalists, people learning journalism, bloggers or anyone trying to present their research and want to add emphasis and interest through multi media. Not only can you easily get a quote in written form from any video, you can actually get that quote as a video segment to embed in your blog/website.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” size=”lg” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ftimes.github.io%2FquickQuote%2F||target:%20_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Geometry Paper Art

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3D paper Fractals

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For instructions click here

Cardstock Geometry Puzzle

Teach 3D Cube(s) Net
(caution: this video contains music, pls keep your speakers off)

Cool Paper Toy

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Infinity Elephants

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Vi Hart’s famous doodling in maths classroom explains all about infinity series with infinity elephants.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]This activity supports:[/custom_headline][skill_bar heading=”Independent Learning” percent=”1000″ bar_text=”Independent Learning”][skill_bar heading=”Parental/Teacher Involvment” percent=”0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant

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The Fibonacci numbers are Nature’s numbering system. They appear everywhere in Nature, from the leaf arrangement in plants, to the pattern of the florets of a flower, the bracts of a pinecone, or the scales of a pineapple. The Fibonacci numbers are therefore applicable to the growth of every living thing, including a single cell, a grain of wheat, a hive of bees, and even all of mankind..[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]This activity supports:[/custom_headline][skill_bar heading=”Independent Learning” percent=”100″][skill_bar heading=”Parental/Teacher Involvment” percent=”0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Subject areas covered:[/custom_headline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Math[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Linear Algebra[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]