MSM 545: Full Participation


Shawn and Troy talk about Shawn’s new computer, conferences, and more. Dave is all about Cool Water. 


If a pig loses its voice…does it become disgruntled?

A panic-stricken man explained to his doctor, “You have to help me, I think I’m shrinking.” “Now settle down,” the doctor calmly told him. “You’ll just have to learn to be a little patient.”

A ship carrying red paint and a ship carrying blue paint collide in the middle of the ocean. Both crews were marooned.

What is a guitar player’s favorite Italian food? 

  • Strum-boli.

Why’d the alternate universe Spider-Man do so well on his driving test? 

  • He’s an excellent parallel Parker.

Never date a tennis player. 

  • Love means nothing to them.

What did Yoda say when he saw himself in 4K? HDMI.

What’s an astronaut’s favorite part of the computer? 

  • The Space Bar.

Why didn’t the vampire attack Taylor Swift? 

  • She had bad blood.

Today I’m attaching a light to the ceiling, but I’m afraid I’ll probably screw it up.

I hate it when people say age is only a number. 

  • Age is clearly a word.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Cool Water

I was recently reading the March/April 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the Science 101 column, written by Matt Bobrowsky.  He wrote an article entitled, “What’s Cool About Water?”

Water is a good example to use when discussing how matter can be in different states — solid, liquid, or gas.  Students are quite familiar with solid water and liquid water but gaseous water is a bit more abstract.  Bubbles in boiling water are made of water vapor (gaseous water).  They are not empty, they are not air bubbles, and they are not made of separate hydrogen and oxygen gases.

Reports from the Front Lines

The Twitterverse  

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Although you might have students create a comic strip using a digital medium, this type of activity is perfect for connecting to print experiences.

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Voices of Hope

Beginning in May, Maine Public will share stories of recovery from across the state with the program, Voices of Hope: The Rugged Road to Recovery. Voices of Hope is a documentary series aimed at reducing the stigma associated with substance use disorder, interviewing young people sharing their recovery stories. This documentary series was created for use in classrooms to facilitate conversations about the use of chemicals and their consequences. This in-depth documentary series dives into how substance use disorder is affecting lives across the state.

11 Mysterious Monuments From Around the World

Web Spotlight:

103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known


The BeamNG physics engine is at the core of the most detailed and authentic vehicle simulation you’ve ever seen in a game. Every component of a vehicle is simulated in real-time using nodes (mass points) and beams (springs). Crashes feel visceral, as the game uses an incredibly accurate damage model.

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  3. Qwerty
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Slang of the Week

Mary Sue: An overly idealized fictional character, the phrase has been borrowed from comic books and fanfiction communities but may now be used to describe any person who presents as a sort of Pollyanna-esque figure. (Ex: “I’ve never seen that girl look anything less than perfect, she gets straight As, and everyone she meets adores her. She’s such a Mary Sue.”)  From AXIS the Culture Translator

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