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Planting a Solution to Soil Erosion


August 4, 2015 8:00 AM

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


July 30, 2015 8:30 AM

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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Exploring 10,000 Steps a Day with Student Science


July 28, 2015 10:41 AM

Put on a pedometer or fitness band and explore health and human behavior as you walk your way to 10,000 steps a day.




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Supporting Girls Doing Science


July 24, 2015 2:00 PM

More than half of the students who visit Science Buddies are girls. Science Buddies is committed to helping encourage girls to explore all areas of science.




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Make a Lemon Battery


July 24, 2015 7:00 AM

Lemons may be sour, but in this science activity, getting a charge from a lemon is about electricity, not taste! Explore with a homemade battery.




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Make Your Berries Last Longer with Aloe?


July 20, 2015 4:00 PM

Experiment with aloe juice to see if it makes a difference in how long berries last.




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Program Summer with Cool Computer Code


July 17, 2015 7:00 AM

Infuse summer downtime with fun opportunities to experiment with computer programming and coding.




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Popsicle Trusses


July 14, 2015 4:19 PM

Explore how "shape" relates to strength when using trusses in building.




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Historic New Horizons Flyby of Pluto


July 14, 2015 8:33 AM

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies by Pluto.




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Make a Microscope from your Cell Phone


July 13, 2015 1:35 PM

Give an old cell phone new life as a handheld microscope.




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Sale in the Science Buddies Store!


July 10, 2015 1:00 AM

Limited time offer! Take 25% off in the store now through July 15, 2015.




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Whirly Bird Aerodynamics


July 9, 2015 12:00 PM

Make and test paper whirly birds to learn more about the aerodynamics of helicopter flight.




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Fun Frisbee Science


July 8, 2015 7:00 AM

Test different throwing techniques or compare different Frisbees and learn more about aerodynamics and physics at the same time.




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Explore Magnification with a Drop of Water: Weekly Science Spotlight


July 2, 2015 9:00 AM

Use water drops to explore the physics behind mangification.




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Measuring Surface Tension with a Penny: Weekly Science Spotlight


June 29, 2015 8:00 AM

You can see surface tension in the way water pools on a penny, but what happens when you add soap?


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Nick and Tesla Build a Gadget Glove: Science Reading


Book review: In book four, Nick and Tesla build a clever gadget glove that introduces readers to a set of fun DIY wearable electronics projects!

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Splitting Ink: Marker Chromatography


What colors make up a certain color ink in a marker? Find out with a family science activity.

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Glow-in-the-dark Nighttime Summer Science


A test tube of phytoplankton offers a no-mess way to let kids observe biochemical processes, circadian rhythms, and bioluminescence.

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Heat up Your Summer with Solar Science


Bright summer light is perfect for exploring solar energy with hands-on science activities.

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Golden Rules of Photography: Family Science Spotlight


What makes a great photo great? Experiment with a family science activity to see if key approaches to composition make a difference.

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The Most Magnificent Thing: Science Reading


This storybook puts the engineering design process in action and in the hands of a charming young girl who has an idea for something she wants to build—and sets out to bring her idea to life.

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Building Paper Bridges: Family Science Spotlight


Build bridges from paper to explore civil engineering in this family STEM activity. Does the shape of the materials make a difference?

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Do Even More with Your Raspberry Pi Projects Kit


After working through the Science Buddies activities, Adventures in Raspberry Pi is a great way to explore other things to do with the Raspberry Pi.

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Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck: Engineering Inspiration


Don't miss this rhyming pair of picture books for STEM-focused summer reading. Each offers a charming illustration of the engineering. Kids can be engineers, too!

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A Honeybee Mystery: Science Reading


The Hive Detectives offers beautiful photographs and in-depth information about bees, as well as a fascinating mystery.

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Throwing Balls and Trajectory: Weekly Family Science Activity


In this week's spotlight: a physics-focused family sports science activity that may make a difference in your next game of catch!

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The Video Game Science of Hit Boxes


The classic game of Galaga provided inspiration for this sixth grade student as he designed his own video game to learn more about the role of hit boxes in creating a successful game.

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Sweet Like Sugar? Weekly Science Activity Spotlight


Investigate how sugar and sugar substitutes compare in terms of sweetness in this family science activity spotlight.

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Picturing Big Data: The Science of Infographics


With more data flowing in than most of us can ever hope to sift through, infographics have emerged as a viewer-friendly way to convey data-driven information.

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Ex-stream Science: Exploring Local Watershed Health


Heading outdoors lets kids experience real-world applications of their classroom learning. What can you learn on a field trip to a pond or stream?

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Going the Distance with Starlight Science


This sixth grade student took a comparative look at the change in intensity of a star's light in relation to its distance. She ended up with a winning combination of math and physics!

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Bend or Break? Candy Science


What happens when you bend your favorite candy in half? If you put it in the freezer first, will the candy behave differently? Put it to the test with a family science activity!

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New Raspberry Pi Projects Kit


The Raspberry Pi Projects Kit from the Science Buddies Store enable kids to work on creative projects that blend computer programming, electronics circuit building, and art.

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How to Do Robotics at Home with Your Kids


Twenty steps to help you and your kids succeed with family robotics projects.

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Paper Maze Programming: Start to Finish Computer Logic


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore computer code logic by guiding someone through a simple maze. No computer needed!

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Building a Solar-powered Bristlebot


Adding solar panels to a brushbot project gives a new twist to an intermediate robotics building activity, but does it offer more power?

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Creative Paper Circuits with Copper Tape


With paper, markers, LEDs, and copper tape, kids can get a hands-on introduction to electronics and circuits and turn their own drawings and creative projects into ones that light up!

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Balloon-powered Vehicle Success


Hands-on engineering got a boost of balloon power with the fun 2015 Fluor® Engineering Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who joined the challenge and shared their creation! Take a look at some of the great entries!

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Students 3D Design and Print Their Own Robots with Autodesk Tinkercad


A recent robotics workshop gave students in New Jersey the opportunity to experiment with 3D design using Autodesk® Tinkercad® and then to use their custom parts in their robots.

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Stretchy Rubber Band Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: What happens when you heat up or cool down a bunch of molecules? Do rubber bands behave as you might expect?

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What Shape is a Hard-boiled Egg?


This year, give your hardboiled eggs a twist and turn ordinary ovoid hardboiled eggs into fun shapes! The trick to the transformation is understanding the science behind the process of hardboiling.

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Bubbly Soda Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: mix up your own bubbly drink and experiment to find just the right combination of ingredients.

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A Farmer's Dilemma: To Till or Not To Till


As winter turns to spring, farmers are preparing to plant this year's crops. For some, tilling their fields is a thing of the past.

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Fascinating Physics of Fluids and Surface Movement


Mesmerizing video puts the physics of liquid in motion. Students and families can explore related science with hands-on activities that are fun to do at home or in the classroom.

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Guess What's Inside: Rock Science


Have you and your kids ever cracked open a geode to reveal the crystals inside? This is a great way to add something special to a prized rock collection and can be a lot of fun for kids who are interested in geology, rocks, or crystals.

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Talking Pi and Pie for Pi Day


Pi Day is a great excuse to make some math- and food-related Pi puns and bake up a tasty dessert. We suggest you throw a bit of science into the mix as well!

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Putting Together a Project Display Board


The project display board is how you present your project at the science fair. What goes into a well-organized and effective project display board? Check our easy-to-follow guide.

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How Low Can You Go? Melting Road Ice


Dropping the freezing point of water can help keep roads free of ice, making them safer for driving. What are the best tools for the job?

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Sliding and Friction: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the relationship between friction and surface with a fun activity.

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Students Use Autodesk 3D Design Software to Create Model Playgrounds


Students in an 8th grade class designed their own playgrounds using Autodesk Inventor software for 3D modeling.

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Great Ideas for Engineers Week


Great hands-on science projects and activities for Engineers Week!

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Shoo, Flu!: Vaccine Science


What are your chances of getting the flu this year? Discover how your immune system and the flu vaccine work together to keep you healthy.

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Blaze Your Own Trail with a Balloon-powered Vehicle


How much weight can a balloon-powered vehicle carry? Find out with this year's 2015 Fluor® Engineering Challenge. Enter for a chance to win money for your school!

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Dancing Candy Hearts: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: drop candy hearts into soda for a Valentine's Day-themed chemistry exploration.

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Ocean Currents: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore ocean currents with your own mini ocean model.

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Explore Nanotechnology with Paper: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about nanotechnology with a hands-on paper-based experiment.

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Football Science: Score Big this Super Bowl Sunday with Sports Science


In the days leading up to the big game, in the days after, or even during off-season, you can kick around sports science concepts with your student sports fans.

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Bristlebots at the Museum


Participants at a natural history museum sleepover event in Utah experiment with bristlebots and brushbots.

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Soaking Up Sorbent Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore how different sorbents might help clean up an oil spill.

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Last Year on the Science Buddies Blog


Highlights and favorite posts from last year on the Science Buddies Blog—great science project overviews, visual spreads that show hands-on science in action, and real-world connections.

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Kids Read Science News


A new website feature at Science Buddies, sponsored by Cisco Foundation, brings science news to students. With the news feed, students can easily locate science news stories related to a project or science interest.

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Fueling Science Teachers to Inspire Students with Hands-on Science


Thanks to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the INFINITY Science Center, and Science Buddies, teachers in Mississippi got a booster course in rocket science—and paper airplane folding.

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Making Math with Dough: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: use dough to explore the relationship between dimensions of an object and volume.

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A Dolphin Tail and Prosthetics Engineering


In movies like Dolphin Tale, you don't have to look far to find the engineering design process in action. With the steps of the engineering process being acted out as the story unfolds, students see that success often involves a great deal of trial, error, testing, and redesigning.

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Bean Soup Science: Weekly Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the science of making soup from dried beans.

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Nick and Tesla Secret Agent Gadgets


Book 3 in the Nick and Tesla series offers great gadget-oriented science and engineering fun from the twins as they stay with their eccentric scientist uncle for the summer.

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Pastry Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the role of fat and temperature on pie crust texture.

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Light Up the Season with Computer Science Exploration


With drag-and-drop computer programming, kids can explore fun activities that add lights and sounds lights to the season. We got in the holiday spirit with Scratch and Raspberry Pi to light up a simple light-activated star!

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You Can Do That with Yogurt?


Grow bacteria colonies, create yogurt ravioli, even make your own top-secret recipe for delicious homemade yogurt.

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Lotion Science: How Moisturizing is Your Moisturizer?


Hands-on medical biotechnology projects guide students in scientifically evaluating how common moisturizer ingredients work.

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Seeing Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the Stroop effect for family fun. How quickly can you name the colors?

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Ebola Fighters Receive TIME Recognition


TIME recognizes "Ebola Fighters" as Person of the Year. Students explore science related to Ebola epidemic.

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Beyond the School Science Fair: Advanced Science Competitions


A science project, especially an advanced one, may have a longer shelf life than just a single fair or a linear competition circuit. Top science students may find many events and venues in which to enter and showcase their research and findings.

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Superbugs and Antibiotics: Explore with a Dice Game


A new classroom activity, sponsored by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, helps students see how populations of bacteria respond to antibiotics. Using a colorful dice game, students roll the dice to see how many bacteria respond to treatment each day.

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Singing Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore variables related to individual vocal range.

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GivingTuesday - Support Science Education


Support Science Buddies to help us keep our science education resources free for millions.

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Squash Power


How do your favorite veggies compare when it comes to generating power? Find out with a hands-on science electronics kit from the Science Buddies Store!

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Globs of Gluten: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore gluten in different types of flour.

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A Bus Powered by Human Waste


Bio-Bus powered by human waste hits the roads for a test run in England.

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Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress


A lighthearted how-to guide puts students on a yellow brick road to setting up a website using basic HTML and CSS or a content system like WordPress.

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Musical Bottles: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the physics of sound by making music using bottles.

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Solar Ovens Are Totally Hot!


Can you harness the sun to cook your dinner? A solar oven skeptic is converted after building his own solar oven and putting it to the test.

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Biomedical Engineering: The Search for Solutions, Big and Small, for Type 1 Diabetes


Put yourself in the middle of ongoing research and development with a cutting-edge student biomedical engineering, human biology, or computer science project.

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The Speed of Falling: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the science of speed and constant acceleration.

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Get a Jump Start on the Project Display Board


You don't have to wait until the last minute to start the project display board for a science fair project. A great board takes planning, and you can do a good deal of preliminary legwork getting your board ready even...

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Sounds Like Halloween: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: listen to how music and sound are incorporated in movies of certain types.

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Halloween Science Connections


Science activities and projects that let kids get hands-on with things slimy, ghoulish, gross, light-up, or glow-in-the-dark.

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Candy Corn Geodesic Dome


A classic science project takes on Halloween tones with candy corn-colored candies, a few ordinary toothpicks, and a bunch of triangles.

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Detective Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the science that helps solve crimes! Use fake blood and investigate how blood spatter changes depending on the height from which the blood was dropped.

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Building a Halloween Brushbot: Family Robotics


An orange scrub brush gives a family science activity a boost of jack-o-lantern-inspired fun and leads to a great robotics exploration.

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Solar Power Towers and Migratory Flight Paths


Environmental conservation and energy science collide in a proposed solar power project that promises greener energy but threatens to disrupt a major migratory path for birds. Students explore with big data science.

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Major League Baseball = Major League Science


Think baseball is all about runs, outs, balls, and strikes? What about physics, biomechanics, and statistics? Explore the science of baseball!

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Boba Spherification: The Science of Juice-filled Caviar


We go DIY with molecular gastronomy and family science as we make our own popping boba using the Spherification Kit from the Science Buddies Store.

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Ebola Outbreak Reaches Epidemic Proportions in West Africa


The current Ebola crisis in West Africa has already topped charts for all Ebola outbreaks in history. Medical biotechnology science projects let students gets hands-on with projects that parallel real-world research and development.

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Caterpillar Spotting Leads to Citizen Science


An unusual caterpillar brings lots of "eeeews!" and one contribution to a citizen science project. Discover how anyone can collaborate on serious scientific research.

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Drag-and-drop Code: Engaging Students with Computer Programming


UC Berkeley Professor Dan Garcia talks about the kind of "drag-and-drop," block-based, snap-together programming environments that are becoming increasingly popular as a way to introduce students of all ages to code.

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Computer Programming Basics: An Hour of Code


With a smorgasbord of fun, engaging, playful, and puzzling modules available as part of the Hour of Code initiative, kids can experiment with programming basics and sample Javascript, Python, Ruby, and more.

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Students and Schools Applying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to Solve Local Problems


The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest gives U.S. secondary public schools a chance to use STEM to help address problems affecting their students and communities--and a chance at a share of $2 million in technology.

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What's in a Watermelon?


Are the seeds in your watermelon playing hide-and-seek? Can plants grow without soil? The plant world offers a cornucopia of mysteries that are ripe for investigation.

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From Wooden Train to the Magic of Maglev


Science Buddies in Action: For a third grade student with an interest in science and pinewood derby cars, the Maglev Train project combined a fun DIY activity with engaging science.

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Boosting Biotechnology Learning in Local Schools


With support from Amgen and the Lawrence Hall of Science, high school biology in the Bay Area has gotten a world-class boost of biotechnology. The Amgen Biotechnology Experience gives teachers and students the opportunity to experiment with sophisticated hands-on science...

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Rosetta Pulls Alongside Jupiter Family Comet: Student Space Science Projects


The Rosetta spacecraft may help provide information about the formation of the solar system and planet Earth. Students and classes explore comets and space science through hands-on science projects.

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Homemade Compass: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: make a homemade compass from household materials.

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Tie-Dye Using Permanent Markers: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the chemistry of solubility while making your own tie dye using permanent markers.

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Science Buddies Annual Report: Supporting STEM Education


Science Buddies 2013 Annual Report: STEM: BUILDING 21st CENTURY CITIZENS

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New Bristlebot Science Kit for Student Robotics!


With new Bristlebot Kit from the Science Buddies Store, students can build three styles of introductory robots and learn more about robotics engineering.

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Seeing Tonic Water Glow: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: experiment with tonic water and a black light to learn more about fluorescence and light energy!

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Taste Test: Do You have the Papillae of a Supertaster?


Are you a picky eater? Maybe there is a scientific reason for your reluctance to eat certain foods even if you know they are good for you. Find out with a tongue-dyeing taste-testing science project!

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Now Playing: The Perseid Meteor Showers


Catch the annual Perseids meteor shower and tie in some fun family astronomy science with an exploration of parallax. How far away are the things we see in the sky?

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Pizza Box Solar Oven: Weekly Science Activity


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

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Holey Porous Rock Science!


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


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


School and family science weekly spotlight: melting ice chemistry.

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Drinking Up Water Science During a Drought


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 to water conservation. Above: The effect of drought can be...

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From Parking Space to Parklet: Civil Engineering and City Planning


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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