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Mythbusting Mr. Incredible’s “New Math”

"Why would they change math?! Math is math! MATH is MATH!!" Bob Parr (aka Mr. Incredible) protested in Incredibles 2. Most people who enjoyed or are heading out to buy the Incredibles 2 (released November 6th, 2018) will likely laugh at this joke. The joke works because so many parents today are struggling with the changes… Continue reading Mythbusting Mr. Incredible’s “New Math”

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How spectacular is Epcot’s SpectacuLAB? From a teaching and learning perspective

Only the magic of Disney could turn the demonstration of a few "high-tech" measurement tools into an entertaining, interactive story that might actually be good at teaching kids (and adults!) some simple science concepts. If you haven't had a chance to see it before, the SpectacuLAB is a 30-minute play about an intern's first day… Continue reading How spectacular is Epcot’s SpectacuLAB? From a teaching and learning perspective

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Science of Disney: How Ants Find Food

Foraging for food is an essential premise of a Bug's Life - the ants have to collect enough food to feed the grasshoppers and get food for themselves. The movie got some parts of this process right - ants do often travel in a line to get from a food source to their nest -… Continue reading Science of Disney: How Ants Find Food

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Science of Disney: Elephants and Bees

One of earth's biggest creatures is being saved by insects. As part of Animal Kingdom's 20th Anniversary celebration, I attended a Tiffins Talk in which I enjoyed a four-course meal inspired by and specially prepared to accompany a presentation from a Disney scientist about their conservation efforts. During this talk, Dr. Joseph Soltis gave a… Continue reading Science of Disney: Elephants and Bees

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Science of Disney: Buzz’s Spacesuit

"Buzz Lightyear to Star Command, Buzz Lightyear to Star Command" Named after Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men on the moon, Buzz Lightyear had a pretty spiffy spacesuit complete with a wings, a laser shooter, and a simple voice-recorder that could transmit his adventures to the intergalactic headquarters. According to John Lasseter (former chief… Continue reading Science of Disney: Buzz’s Spacesuit

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Science of Disney: Sleeping Death

Hopefully none of the super cool science information below puts you to sleep! So what caused Sleeping Beauty's coma or death-like slumber? Including Juliet imbibing a sleeping draught or Snow White eating a poisoned apple , fictional characters have been put into death-like states (or faked their own deaths) in myriad ways. So what likely… Continue reading Science of Disney: Sleeping Death

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Science of Disney: Drop Rides

Two of the most jaw-dropping Disney attractions - the Tower of Terror and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! - employ some plussed up elevators for an exciting and sometimes nauseating ride experience. Dropping 13 stories at a speed faster than freefall requires some pretty interesting science! The Ride Vehicle Most of the sources I… Continue reading Science of Disney: Drop Rides

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Science of Disney: Smellitizers

From the sweet wafting of vanilla on Main Street, USA to the slow burning of wood in Spaceship Earth and the barrage of ocean breeze and orange groves in the various iterations of Soarin, Disney employs some relatively simple technology to enhance the sensory experience of their park and make your memories that much stronger.… Continue reading Science of Disney: Smellitizers

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Science of Disney: California Screamin’ / Incredicoaster Launch

Tantalizing trills of a triangle, a cadence of carnival bells, then a countdown - 5...4...3...2...1! - and the screaming begins. California Screamin' at Disney's California Adventure closed January 8th, 2018 and was re-themed with an Incredibles overlay to become the Incredicoaster. Today, I'll explain some science concepts integral to the launch of this awesome ride.… Continue reading Science of Disney: California Screamin’ / Incredicoaster Launch

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Top 5 Educational Experiences at Epcot

Although Walt Disney's original vision for Epcot is far from realized, the spirit of showcasing technological innovations and providing memorable and educational experiences for guests lives on! Living with the Land - This ride is very long but really interesting. I never thought I would care about agriculture but finding out that Disney produces as… Continue reading Top 5 Educational Experiences at Epcot