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Diaper Duty Science


August 25, 2016 1:22 PM

Take an inside look at the polymer in diapers that makes them effective at absorbing liquid.




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White-hat Hackers: Cybersecurity Specialists


August 22, 2016 10:00 AM

A career in cybersecurity: individuals who can think like a hacker are in demand.




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Popcorn Popping Science


August 19, 2016 7:30 AM

Explore the science that makes popcorn "pop."




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Growing Science: Agriculture and Plant Projects


August 16, 2016 7:30 AM

Plant-based science projects may take extra time. We have strategies to help students succeed.




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Center of a Shape Science


August 12, 2016 8:52 AM

Experiment with a simple science technique that can help determine the center of a shape.




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Stay Up for the Perseid Meteor Shower


August 11, 2016 1:13 PM

Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower and pair skygazing this week with hands-on student science projects.




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Back to School with Science Buddies' Google Classroom Integration


August 9, 2016 7:55 AM

Science Buddies' Google Classroom Integration allows teachers to more easily create and manage STEM assignments.




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Smart Plant Watering Science


August 4, 2016 11:00 AM

Can you use simple home science to better water your plants and gardens and reduce water waste? Find out with a family science activity.




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Color Mixing and Family Physics


August 2, 2016 8:00 AM

Put on a colorful nighttime light show to explore color mixing!




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Test Your Oven Temperature Using Sugar


July 27, 2016 12:32 PM

Use sugar to test the accuracy of your oven's internal thermometer.




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Diabetic Alert Dogs and Your Breath


July 27, 2016 12:30 PM

Study shows relationship between isoprene levels and blood glucose.




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Heat Domes and Cooling Science


July 25, 2016 1:25 PM

Can you beat the heat with "cooling" science?




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Water Treatment Center Science


July 21, 2016 11:45 AM

Model the process a water treatment plant uses to turn murky water into clear water.




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Pair Pokémon GO with a Classroom Cybersecurity Activity


July 20, 2016 8:00 AM

Pair up Pokémon GO and a classroom cybersecurity activity.




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Toothbrush Robots at Home


July 14, 2016 11:00 AM

Explore robotics design with a fun low-tech setup! How does the slant of toothbrush bristles affect the way a bristlebot-style robot moves?


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Bug and Insect STEM Roundup


Get hands-on this summer with bug, worm, or flying insect science!

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Binocular Vision Eye Science


In this family STEM activity, put your eyes to the test... alone and as a working unit!

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Fourth of July Science


Science that fits right in with summer celebrations--fireworks, water bottle rockets, and more!

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Make Your Own Kazoo


Make kazoos to explore how instruments work to make sound!

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Mastering Marinade Science


Experiment to better understand how marinades work.

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Solar Power Roundup


Hands-on STEM projects for K-12 students interested in alternative energy and the power of the Sun.

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Simple Machines and Potato Holes


Can you find the easiest way to drill holes in a raw potato?

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Sweet and Sour Tasty Kitchen Science


What balance of sweet and sour will taste best to your kitchen scientists? Mix up some kitchen chemistry fun to find out!

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DIY Family Circuit Science


Make a simple circuit and test everyday materials to see which ones are good conductors of electricity.

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Spark Creative STEM All Summer Long with Science Buddies Summer Camp


Put science on the calendar! Enroll your students in Science Buddies Summer Camp!

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Creative Science and Engineering for Kids


Exciting DIY and "maker"-style projects for creative kids.

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Wi-Fi Science: Boost Your Wireless Network


Poor Wi-Fi? Try a DIY science project that might make a big difference in your home Wi-Fi!

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Backyard Bird Science


Summer bird watching projects may help build and reinforce important science observation and recordkeeping skills.

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Clean Water and Aquifer Science


Is water that passes through layers of soil to an underground storage space filtered in the process?

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Magnetic Train Science


Customize a wooden train and explore the science behind the "magic" of a maglev train.

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Look Up: Bird and Astronomy Summer Reading


Summer reading to inspire young birders and young astronomers!

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Your Guide to Science Activities for Summer Break


Super science, technology, engineering, and math activities that kids can do at home during summer break.

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Spot the Dot Eye Science


Use colored paper and wax paper to explore eye science. Can you make a colored dot disappear?

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New Online Summer Science Camp!


Keep kids engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math with Science Buddies Summer STEM Camp!

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PPG Volunteers Help Science Buddies Improve Student Chromatography Project


A team of PPG volunteers helped test and improve a popular grape soda biotechnology project.

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Density Column Science


Explore density by making a colorful density column at home!

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Colorful STEM Projects for Summer Science Fun


Planning summer science? Check this list of bright and colorful STEM activities that are perfect for exciting hands-on science at home.

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Unleash the Engineer in You: Tackle Everyday Problems with STEM Projects


Can you fix or improve it? Hone your engineering skills with a wide range of projects that can be done as fun at-home DIY challenges.

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Mini Trebuchet Science


Explore physics and engineering with a homemade mini trebuchet!

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When a Dog "Nose" Best: Scent Science


Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Some breeds of dogs learn to perform specialized tasks, including helping monitor people with Type 1 Diabetes.

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Student Science for DNA Day


Explore genetics and genomics STEM projects for K-12 students.

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Citizen Science for Earth Day


Celebrate Earth Day with increased awareness of citizen science and the many opportunities that exist for families to contribute to global research.

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Environmental Education STEM Project Roundup!


Science Buddies has great ideas for hands-on science projects and activities students can do to learn more about environmental science.

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Quick and Dirty Science--Testing Laundry Detergents


A student investigates whether enzymes are the key to laundry stain removal.

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Food Fat Science


When it comes to fat in foods, certain kinds of fats are better for you than others. With this student food sciences project, students can see firsthand how the fats in foods compare.

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Celebrate National Robotics Week with Student Robotics


Our robotics engineering collection has great ideas to explore during National Robotics Week or any time!

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Build a BlueBot Guard Robot


Use the BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit to build a guard robot with a motion-detecting sensor.

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Best Practices Document Guides Out-of-School Programs Using Raspberry Pi Projects Kit


A new Best Practices document provides important insight and guidance for out-of-school programs using the kit.

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Sniffing Out the Science of Smell


Explore the human sense of smell with a collection of smelly science projects!

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Egg Science for K-12 Students


Eggs are full of science potential—no yolk joke!

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Spring Break Science: STEM at Home


A collection of great science activities and projects that would be fun for students over Spring Break.

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Green Candy Chemistry


Use chromatography to explore the colors of dye that make up favorite candy coatings.

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Make Science Reading Assignments with Science Buddies


With the new Google Classroom share buttons on the Science Buddies website, teachers can easily add science reading assignments for their students.

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Slimy, but Smart: Slime Mold Science


Can slime mold find the fastest way to the food, even without a brain? A school science project puts slime mold to the test.

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Science Buddies Offers Google Classroom Integration


A new feature at Science Buddies allows teachers using Google Classroom to easily share Science Buddies resources with their students.

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Exploring Circuits with ArtBots: A Classroom Success Story


Eighty sixth grade students worked in teams to build ArtBots in class and got a firsthand look at circuits.

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Boost Password Savvy with a Classroom STEM Game


Password Duel classroom activity helps students explore questions related to password strength.

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Engineering Projects to Celebrate Girl Day


Take time this Engineers Week to encourage a girl to try an engineering project or activity!

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Welcome Global Day of the Engineer to Engineers Week


Introduce kids to engineering and inspire students around the world this Engineers Week.

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Celebrate Engineers Week with Hands-on STEM


Engineering projects and activities you can do with your students to celebrate Engineers Week

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Valentine's Day Candy Science


For Valentine's Day, exciting hands-on chemistry, food science, and physics projects that involve candy.

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Make a Marble Sorting Machine


Can your students solve this year's Fluor Engineering Challenge and design and build a marble sorting machine?

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Heavy Metals Turn Waterways Orange


A river runs orange? Student science projects make real-world connections to how heavy metals and other pollutants affect aquatic life.

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Mastering the Project Display Board


Take a closer look at what goes into a well-organized and effective science fair project display board.

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The Best of 2015 on the Science Buddies Blog


Take a look at some of our favorite blog posts from last year.

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Fruit Juice Distillation


Explore the process of distillation with a kitchen chemistry activity using fruit juice.

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Compare Sports Drinks with the Electrolyte Challenge


Analyze the electrolytes in various sports drinks and juices with the Electrolyte Challenge.

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Projectile Physics and Catapult Science


Explore the physics behind a catapult with a simple DIY catapult you can make at home.

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Super Bowl Science


Score extra points with student sports fans with football science projects.

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Carbon Filters and Adsorbing Science


Explore the science behind carbon filters with a colorful family STEM activity.

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Colorful Sharpie Tie-Dye Science


Sharpie Tie-Dye is a great way to add colorful and creative STEM to the holidays and winter break.

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Whip Up Some Science in the Kitchen


With a few basic ingredients, you can conjure up "whipping cream" food-science fun for both tots and teens.

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Paper Circuits Bring Light to Seasonal Greetings


With copper tape, an LED, and a coin cell battery, students can transform ordinary greeting cards into fun light up cards.

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A Geodesic Dome for the Season


With gumdrops and toothpicks, kids can make a dome and explore the math behind a geodesic dome.

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Fun Science Picks for Winter Break


Line up science, technology, engineering, and math activities to inspire and excite kids over winter break.

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Blending Science and Art with Paper Inventions


Paper Inventions contains a wide-ranging collection of paper-based "to do" projects for student makers.

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Music to Your Ears


Next time you visit a mall, watch a movie, or play a video game, pay attention to the music you hear.

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Build a BlueBot Over Break


The BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit lets students try four different robots, for four times the building fun!

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The Girl Factor: Creative Code and Computer Programming


Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with an Hour of Code and inspiring photos from a girlSPARC workshop.

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Exploring, Finding, and Landing STEM Careers


Science Buddies hopes to help students discover exciting STEM career options, even in areas of science they may not have considered.

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Explore Radioactive Decay with Coins


Explore the science of radioactive decay with a safe hands-on family STEM activity.

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Student Essay Winner Writes of the Importance of Hands-on Science


Berkeley freshman and Bio-Rad essay winner Kainat Shaikh offers an insightful look at the value of science education for today's students.

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Make Music with Singing Glasses


Explore the physics of sound as you make music using wine glasses in this family STEM activity.

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Big Ears Science


Experiment with different styles of ears to see how the size and shape of ears changes what you may be able to hear in this family STEM activity.

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The Science of Football Flight


Explore football science with sports-focused STEM projects.

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Increasing Awareness about Diabetes with Student STEM Projects


A new collection at Science Buddies helps students explore science, technology, engineering, and math related to diabetes.

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Paper Rocket Aerodynamics


Make paper rockets you can launch by blowing through a straw and experiment to find out how changing the design can change how the rockets fly.

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Cyber Security: Hiding Personal Data from Prying Eyes


Experiment and discover ways to thwart would-be criminals with RFID, password, and robotics student science projects!

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Computer Programming for Better Health


By designing tools that can be immediately useful on a personal level, students can really see the power of using code to design their own apps.

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Dancing Water Droplets


Find out how to make water droplets dance with a colorful hands-on physics activity.

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Candy Color Chromatography


Use the Candy Chromatography Kit to unlock the colors that make up the coatings on favorite candies.

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The Physics of Fake Blood


How can physics help you mix up the ickiest fake blood to gross out your friends this Halloween? Head to the kitchen to find out!

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Special Effects Fun with Nick and Tesla


This Nick and Tesla mystery guides readers in brewing STEM-based special effects that might be perfect for Halloween-themed fun.

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Wire Some Trick-or-Treat or Light-up Fun with Scratch and Raspberry Pi


For this middle school student, a homemade pumpkin was a perfect thing to light up with LEDs using the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit!

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Halloween STEM Roundup


Hands-on science for Trick-or-Treat week and beyond.

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Phone Book Friction Physics


Explore properties related to friction by experimenting with phone books that are interleaved.

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Water on Mars—From Sci-Fi to Space Science


The action in a popular sci-fi movie explodes when an astronaut stranded on Mars attempts to create water to irrigate his plants. In real-world space news, water has been confirmed on Mars!

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Cucumber Chemistry: The Drying Power of Dessicants


Using cucumbers and substances like sugar and salt, students can experiment to see which ingredients do the best job of drawing moisture from the cucumber.

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Samsung Inspires Students to Solve Community Challenges with STEM


The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest challenges teachers and students to brainstorm ways that STEM could be applied to solve a real-world challenge or problem in their community. Deadline: 10/30/15.

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Taste Tests and Other Science Projects with Volunteers


Whether the project involves a taste test or another kind of test, volunteers can be a key component for projects exploring human behavior and perception, human biology, or food sciences.

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Flippy the Robot Dances (and Falls Apart)


Building and improving a simple dancing robot whose legs fly off is a great way to "teach" lessons related to engineering and troubleshooting. Plus, Flippy is adorable and this project is a lot of fun!

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Compare Circumference and Diameter with String


Explore properties of a circle, just like mathematicians do, to identify the relationship between the diameter of a circle and circumference.

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Survey Science: Asking Questions and Analyzing Answers to Test a Hypothesis


Using a survey to gather data for a science project can be a lot of fun, but successful survey science takes careful preparation, planning, and data analysis.

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Wind Turbines and Energy from Wind Turbulence


Experiment to see how buildings may interrupt the flow of air and create vortices rather than steady streams of wind.

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Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse


An understanding of electronics, chemistry, physics, and other STEM subjects can improve your odds of survival in the event that zombies come to town.

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Solve a Mystery with Science


Students get a hands-on look at chemical reactions using a color test as they work to solve a hypothetical medical mystery in the Crime Scene Chemistry project.

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A 'Big Blue Live' Look at Marine Life


Students and classes can explore environmental issues, marine life, the science of habitats and migration related to popular "Big Blue Live" series.

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Racing Marbles to Measure Viscosity


Measure and compare the viscosity of different household liquids by doing a drop test with marbles.

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Exploring Bridge Beams with Spaghetti


Use uncooked spaghetti noodles to explore the forces that come into play on a weight-bearing beam.

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A Positive Science Fair Project Experience


What can parents do to help ensure that a science project assignment is a positive and successful learning experience for their student?

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Wearable Electronics: Sewing an LED Patch


With needle, conductive thread, LEDs, and a power source, you can transform your own accessories or clothes into wearable electronics.

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Sewing Electronics: Wearables that Light Up


With some basic e-textile knowhow, you can create your own wearable circuits, so grab a needle, conductive thread, a coin cell battery, and some LEDs to sew your own custom wearable electronics!

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Seed Dispersal Science: Carried by the Wind


Explore the ways in which the shape and size of a seed influences how far it may travel when carried or blown by wind.

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Planting a Solution to Soil Erosion


With inexpensive baking trays and seeds, K-12 students can make model hillsides and explore soil erosion.

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The Science of a Very Long Straw


Explore the science of drinking through a straw by making and drinking from a very long straw in this week's science activity spotlight.

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