Groovy History: Roller Coasters

The first American roller coaster was actually a railway. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railway (shown above) was built in the mountains of Pennsylvania in 1827. The track, originally built to send coal to the bottom of a hill, relied on mules to haul the empty cars back to the top of the hill. During non-peak hours, for one dollar, …

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987, in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery. At the time, a land suffering from drought and hunger. But William read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village. A set of luxuries that only 2% of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and …

STEAM Education Delivered to Your Door

October 5, 2017 STEAM Education Delivered to Your Door: Ford Launches New Initiative to Engage Youth to Think Like an Engineer As part of Ford Motor Company’s commitment to STEAM education, the company is teaming up with Academics in a Box – designers of the award-winning Groovy Lab in a Box product line – to deliver an education kit right …

Technology in Fashion

 “Science & Art were never meant to be separated, they must intermingle.” – Elaine Hansen, President & CEO Groovy Lab in a Box Better Fabrics for Better Living STEMists have done some amazing things with textiles (fabric) and clothing.  Today we have clothing that changes color in sunlight, socks with aloe to soothe the feet, and fleece fabric made from recycled …

3 STEM Activities To Light Up Your Summer Nights

Dark and eerie nights can be turned into cool summertime memories for your STEMists with glow-in-the-dark activities.  To add an educational spark and light up their summer nights, check out these 3 glow-in-the-dark activities that you and your STEMists can create at home: Blazing Bubbles Bubbles are fun for everyone, especially when they glow in the dark! Materials you will …