Welcome to Games and Brains
My name is Mike Cantrell and I produce much of the content you will see on this site. I am a teacher in Webster county Kentucky (USA). It has always been my goal to present content in an exciting creative way. To this end I have pursued the development of science related comics, video games, card games, and e-books. Once you can get your students interested in your subject matter, learning and success for students follows. I look at middle school as an opportunity through creativity to start a fire within students with respect to the love of learning. It is our job as educators and parents to nurture this flame and let it grow so that eventually it will spread to all aspects of the student’s lives making them life time learners.
The site itself will draw from all areas of science. It will include:
The format and computer programming of the site (as well as the vision for how all the pieces come together and work with each other) is done by my collaborator and friend Jorge Gonzalez. Jorge is a Computer Scientist and he has had a distinguished career working extensively in the area of e-learning. Many of the projects he works on whether it is a site with respect to science or cooking and culture have an educational flavor to them. Although he is the nuts and bolts that hold many of these projects together in his hearts of hearts I believe he (as all of us should be) is at his core an educator as well.
Newton's First Law
Fact: Newton’s first law is that an object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Furthermore an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force (an example of an outside force would be friction).
Fact: The periodic table organizes elements based on their atomic number (or how many protons are in the nucleus of an atom of that particular element). This organization puts elements in groups (columns) and periods (rows). Those in the same group share the same number of valence electrons or electrons in their outer shell.
Writing a Lab Report
Your report should contain:
Writing an Essay
Fact: Many times middle school students practice the art of reduction. They shrink down their thoughts and explanations to a point that they lose their meaning and correctness.
When writing a standard essay try to have at least 5 paragraphs.
I wrote this comic before the space program budget was dramatically slashed. Although I do believe we need to take care of the hungry and poor here in America as a priority over space exploration, I wish we could manage our economy better so that our children could one day dream about being astronauts again.
Fact: Many times as children when we dream of future ambitions, we think that we will be the ones overseeing the design of the newest car, plane, or spaceship.
Fact: Birds imitate sounds for a variety of reasons, some in order to signal a mate others as a defense mechanism. By imitating the sounds of other animals they can scare away those animals. Others (like me) do it for treats!!!
Fact: Craters are caused by the impact of meteors. Craters can readily be seen on the moon as there is no atmosphere to erase their existence through erosion caused by wind and water. Craters caused by meteors on Earth are erased over time due to these forces of erosion. Although this process may take hundreds or thousands of years in terms of the life span of the Earth the process occurs rather quickly.
Fact: Emission Spectrum is the characteristic of matter that when various elements and compounds are burned they emit different colors of light and different wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum.