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A Scientist’s Curiosity Cabinent

Looking for a fun way to engage students in STEM and help them understand the the laws of physics or how a ball could seemingly defy gravity and roll uphill?

Over nearly three decades, Boston College chemistry professor Ross Kelly accumulated a variety of gadgets, gizmos, and devices that he considers “either neat examples of scientific principles or things that seem impossible but are staring one in the face.”

Working with two undergraduates, he has created a website and Facebook page to showcase his “Scientist’s Curiosity Cabinet.” The collection includes videos on such core concepts as motors, center of mass, and buoyancy that could help turn some students on to science or reinforce their interest. It also could inspire ideas for a project or a report.


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