Posts Tagged ‘activity’

Why Playing Guitar This Summer Can Teach You About Science

Having Fun with Music

Summer is a great time to have fun and learn something at the same time. For those days when the heat is just too much, staying inside can be good for practicing a hobby or starting something new. Have you always dreamed of songwriting? What about playing guitar? Learning a new instrument or writing a song may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. There are tons of resources online that can not only teach you how to do these things but also help with understanding the science behind music.

Link Between Music and Science

There’s a whole lot of science happening in the process of making music! From the vibrations of guitar strings to creating melodies and harmonies, you can pick up a lot about physics just from plucking or strumming notes. Once you start experimenting with your chosen instrument, it becomes easier to see why music is a helpful tool in education. Maybe that’s why it’s easier to remember facts when they are incorporated into a clever song.

This short TED-Ed animated lesson by Oscar Fernando Perez and Chris Boyle illustrates just how much you can learn about physics through playing the guitar.

So, the next time you see a guitar imagine how its parts work together to create the sounds you hear, the vibrations you feel and the melodies and rhythms you play. Science is all around us! And it doesn’t have to stop just because it’s summer.

Resources Online

Here’s a short list of some interesting videos to watch on the connection between music, science, the brain, and even spiders.

The Science Behind the Arts: The Maths Behind Music
How playing an instrument benefits your brain
Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar 

Are you learning something musical this summer? Write us in the comments below or Tweet us at #ProQuest. We’d love to know!

CultureGrams―World Religion Quiz: Hinduism


A Hindu man rests along the stairs of a ghat (bath) in Varanasi. Thousands of men like him come to the holy Hindu city each day to meditate, pray, and bathe in the waters of the Ganges River. (Varanasi, India, January 2008) Source: CultureGrams Photos

Religion plays a major role in shaping the cultures of countries around the world. In CultureGrams’ World Edition and Kids Edition, each country report features a religion section with facts about a country’s major religions. This week, we are highlighting fun facts about Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion with about one billion followers. Many Hindus believe Hinduism is more than just a religion, but is a way of life.

Test your knowledge of Hinduism by answering these religion trivia questions. 

Need help? Search Hinduism in the  CultureGrams search box.

1) Which country is the birthplace of Hinduism?

2) The word “Hinduism” is derived from what ancient language?

3) True or False: Vishnu is the founder of Hinduism.

4) What animal is considered especially sacred by Hindus?

5) What colorful Hindu festival welcomes the spring season?

6) Which of the below is not a Hindu god?

-Shiva      -Brahma

-Rama      -Sikh

7) Where do Hindus worship their gods?

8) The statue of what god is said to bring prosperity if placed by the front door of a home?

9) The principle of (___) says that good deeds bring good fortune while bad deeds have negative consequences.

10) True or False: Hindus believe that they will be reincarnated after they die.

Check your answers with the quiz key in the comment section. Let us know how you did by leaving a comment.

Jenni Boyle

CultureGrams―Where in the world?: Homes

Do you ever wonder how the rest of the world lives? Or more importantly where and in what type of home? A person’s home can serve many different purposes and often represents the resident’s daily life and routine. Therefore, homes may differ in size, structure, appearance, amenities, and building materials.

The following are pictures from the CultureGrams photo gallery.

Can you guess which country each home is from?


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Hong Kong

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United Kingdom

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Want to learn more about about homes in different countries? Check out the Housing section in each World Edition country report. Compare your answers to the quiz key in the comment section and let us know how you did.





CultureGrams—Regional Quiz: The Middle East

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Photo Credit: Salym Fayad

How much do you know about the Middle East? Test your knowledge with these tidbits from CultureGrams:

1. What is Israel’s currency?

2. Which Middle Eastern countries border the world’s lowest point, the Dead Sea?

3. What is Iran’s official language?

4. What is the largest country in the Middle East?

5. True or False: Shi’i Islam is the most widely practiced faith in Iraq?

6. In which country is the revolutionary wave of protests, known as the  Arab Spring, believed to have started?

7. The Burj Al Arab is the world’s first seven star hotel and is located in which Gulf country?

8. Which natural resource is the most scarce in the country of Jordan?

9. Egypt is home to which two ancient Wonders of the World?

10. What is the capital of Syria?

We’ll post the answers in the comments section of this post. Check them out and let us know how well you did! You can learn about these countries and more in the World and Kids editions of CultureGrams.

Get Moving for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.” – First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010  

let's move campaign

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a tug of war competition during a “Let’s Move! London” event at Winfield House in London, England, July 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Educators, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and as warm weather approaches, there is no better time than now to get our students excited about getting active and healthy.

With obesity rates reaching epic proportions, teaching our children about the benefits of physical activity,  sports participation, and good nutrition can have a lasting impression.

Jump start the conversation on the importance of an active lifestyle by incorporating SIRS Issues Researcher’s in-depth coverage of the effects of obesity on our society into your lesson plans. Through features such as Topic Overview, Pro/Con Essential Questions and up-to-date graphics and statistics, students will gain a better understanding of why a healthy, active lifestyle at home and around the community is beneficial.

What are some of the ways you will kick-start National Fitness and Sports Month? Let us know by commenting below!