Black Hole App for Students and Educators

Ever wondered what would happen if an astronaut fell into a black hole? Ever wondered what would happen if YOU fell into a black hole?

Now you can find out…College of Charleston Physics and Astronomy faculty member, Chris Fragile, and his team of dedicated students just recently published an educational app focused on understanding black holes. This app not only has interesting and exciting black hole content, but also has lesson plans and experiment ideas for teachers to use in the K-12 classroom.

And its totally free! Check it out at

Opening screen of Journey to a black hole app

National Chemistry Week Materials for Loan

The LHSM offers an Educator Training Workshop each year in conjunction with National Chemistry Week. This year’s theme is “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science”. Although the workshop is currently full, the LHSM will have activities and materials available for loan from the Resource Library. National Chemistry Week is October 21-27, 2012.

Activities may also be found in American Chemical Society’s publication, Celebrating Chemistry, at and at the NISE Network’s site,


SSP’s 2010 Fellows Program – Funding Opp for Teachers

Society for Science & the Public (SSP), with generous support from Intel, is pleased to announce the 2nd year of its Fellows Program. Their goal is to enable Fellows to guide students in producing project-based research of the highest quality, such as is submitted to SSP’s premiere science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search.

The SSP Fellows Program will attract the most creative and motivated high school science and math teachers in the country. The SSP Fellows Program provides funds and training to selected US sicence and math teachers who serve under-resourced students, to enable interested and motivated students to perform high-quality independent scientific research.

Through a competitive selection process, the Program will provide teachers the financial and training resources necesary to support and inspire the success of their most enthusiastic science and math students. Fellows may serve for up to four years.

2010 Application opens online November 16, 2009. More information can be found at

Tideline Tours – Coastal Classroom

Anton DuMars, an adjunct professor in the Geology Department here at CofC, offers coastal tours through his company, Tideline Tours. This weekend I had the opportunity to tour the salt marshes around Folly Beach with Captain Anton – what a delight! Captain Anton shares his love of coastal geology, ecology, and local history through his tours. Check out Tideline Tours at – click on “Coastal Classroom” to explore opportunities for your class!

Children exploring fish, shrimp, and sponges netted (and released) during our tour.

Children exploring fish, shrimp, and sponges netted (and released) during our tour.

Photo by Starr Jordan