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Pizza Box Solar Oven: Weekly Science Activity


July 31, 2014 7:59 AM

School and family science weekly spotlight: make a solar oven from household and recycled materials.




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Holey Porous Rock Science!


July 30, 2014 9:30 AM

With different kinds of dried beans, plastic cups, and water, kids can model rocks and observe the way different sized particles in rocks affect how much water a rock can hold.




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Crash Testing Calculators: Product Engineering and the Road to Improved Durability


July 25, 2014 8:00 AM

Students can experiment with the engineering design process by trying to improve the durability of a simple handheld device.




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Melting Ice: Weekly Science Activity


July 24, 2014 9:00 AM

School and family science weekly spotlight: melting ice chemistry.




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Drinking Up Water Science During a Drought


July 22, 2014 12:00 PM
For families living in drought conditions, careful monitoring of water usage is especially important. With hands-on science and engineering projects, students can investigate water-saving strategies and science and engineering related...



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From Parking Space to Parklet: Civil Engineering and City Planning


July 18, 2014 12:00 PM

City parklets provide interesting challenges for engineers, designers, and planners. With software from Autodesk and a fun Digital STEAM Workshop challenge, students can design their own parklets and see what is involved in reimagining a few parking spots as a social space.




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Pharmacist: A Science Career in Patient Health Care


July 15, 2014 8:00 AM

As the number of medications continues to rise, pharmacists play an increasingly powerful role in helping ensure patient wellbeing, safety, and quality of life. Beyond an apple a day, feeling better may require advice from a pharmacist!


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Seeing Is (Not Always) Believing!


Visual illusions and other optical puzzles are fun for families to share and explore. With hands-on science projects and activities, students can create and test their own visual illusions--including a cool infinity mirror!

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Marinade Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: the science of marinades

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Making a Game of City Planning: Students Explore Civil Engineering


A fun SimCity science project from Science Buddies helps turn in-game city planning into a science experiment, one students can also use to enter the annual Future City competition.

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Bike Science: The Physics Behind Cycling


What do gears and tires have to do with who wins a race—or how long it takes to ride to the corner store? Find out with hands-on sports science projects that help tie science to the sports kids love to do and watch.

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Red, White, and Blue with Soft Circuits


When you combine your circuitry know-how with fabric, you can, literally, wear your electronics on your sleeve. Students experiment with e-textiles.

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Girls, Boys, Video Gaming, and Summer Survey Science


What variables make a game popular with players, and do boys and girls choose different types of games? Design a survey-based science project this summer and do some statistical analysis of the data you gather. Your results might be eye...

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Nick and Tesla Explore Robotics


Twins Nick and Tesla wind up in the middle of robotics intrigue while staying with their scientist uncle over the summer.

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Fun with Fireworks Science: When Chemicals Burn


Fireworks displays are fun to watch and a tradition accompanying many community celebrations. With a simple family science activity, the mystery behind the dazzling night-time sky show can be explored. This is colorful hands-on summer science—minus the "boom" of fireworks...

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Powering a Raft with Surface Tension: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: surface tension used to power a small raft.

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Eye on Science: Student Essay Winner Helps Engage Students with Science


Lauren Killingsworth, a recent high school graduate, already has an impressive resume of stem cell research that may contribute to future treatments for blindness. Out of the lab, she is making a difference in the lives of both students in...

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Password Games: Understanding and Testing Online Passwords


Computer bugs and vulnerabilities like the Heartbleed bug provide frightening reminders of how important it is to set strong passwords online. Students can learn more about password practices and experiment with testing passwords by using and improving a password-guessing program...

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3D Modeling Layer by Layer: A Glue It Together Introduction to 3D Printing


3D printing has opened a cool new frontier of custom manufacturing that brings freedom to individuals interested in design, invention, or just in need of a rare or unusual part. With a hands-on modeling and design project using Autodesk 123D...

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Families and Fingerprints: Weekly Science Activity


Weekly family science activity: are fingerprint patterns inherited and shared among family members?

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World Cup Soccer Scores One for Science


From physics to statistics, science plays a big role in soccer. As the World Cup unfolds this summer, watch the games, cheer on your favorite teams, and see science in action! By Kim Mullin Image: Flickr, Peter DuttonSports fans all...

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Expanding and Contracting Gases: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: how gases expand and contract in response to temperature.

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