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February 3, 2016 12:15 PM
Take a closer look at what goes into a well-organized and effective science fair project display board.
February 2, 2016 12:00 PM
Take a look at some of our favorite blog posts from last year.
January 28, 2016 10:30 AM
Explore the process of distillation with a kitchen chemistry activity using fruit juice.
January 27, 2016 8:02 AM
Analyze the electrolytes in various sports drinks and juices with the Electrolyte Challenge.
January 22, 2016 2:00 PM
Explore the physics behind a catapult with a simple DIY catapult you can make at home.
January 18, 2016 3:00 PM
Score extra points with student sports fans with football science projects.
January 12, 2016 1:54 PM
Explore the science behind carbon filters with a colorful family STEM activity.
December 23, 2015 8:20 AM
Sharpie Tie-Dye is a great way to add colorful and creative STEM to the holidays and winter break.
December 21, 2015 7:14 AM
With a few basic ingredients, you can conjure up "whipping cream" food-science fun for both tots and teens.
December 17, 2015 1:00 PM
With copper tape, an LED, and a coin cell battery, students can transform ordinary greeting cards into fun light up cards.
December 16, 2015 7:00 AM
With gumdrops and toothpicks, kids can make a dome and explore the math behind a geodesic dome.
December 15, 2015 9:36 AM
Line up science, technology, engineering, and math activities to inspire and excite kids over winter break.
December 14, 2015 11:10 AM
Paper Inventions contains a wide-ranging collection of paper-based "to do" projects for student makers.
December 11, 2015 11:52 AM
Next time you visit a mall, watch a movie, or play a video game, pay attention to the music you hear.
December 8, 2015 9:52 AM
The BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit lets students try four different robots, for four times the building fun!
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Berkeley freshman and Bio-Rad essay winner Kainat Shaikh offers an insightful look at the value of science education for today's students.
Explore the physics of sound as you make music using wine glasses in this family STEM activity.
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.
Explore football science with sports-focused STEM projects.
A new collection at Science Buddies helps students explore science, technology, engineering, and math related to diabetes.
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.
Experiment and discover ways to thwart would-be criminals with RFID, password, and robotics student science projects!
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.
Find out how to make water droplets dance with a colorful hands-on physics activity.
Use the Candy Chromatography Kit to unlock the colors that make up the coatings on favorite candies.
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!
This Nick and Tesla mystery guides readers in brewing STEM-based special effects that might be perfect for Halloween-themed fun.
For this middle school student, a homemade pumpkin was a perfect thing to light up with LEDs using the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit!
Hands-on science for Trick-or-Treat week and beyond.
Explore properties related to friction by experimenting with phone books that are interleaved.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Explore properties of a circle, just like mathematicians do, to identify the relationship between the diameter of a circle and circumference.
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.
Experiment to see how buildings may interrupt the flow of air and create vortices rather than steady streams of wind.
An understanding of electronics, chemistry, physics, and other STEM subjects can improve your odds of survival in the event that zombies come to town.
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.
Students and classes can explore environmental issues, marine life, the science of habitats and migration related to popular "Big Blue Live" series.
Measure and compare the viscosity of different household liquids by doing a drop test with marbles.
Use uncooked spaghetti noodles to explore the forces that come into play on a weight-bearing beam.
What can parents do to help ensure that a science project assignment is a positive and successful learning experience for their student?
With needle, conductive thread, LEDs, and a power source, you can transform your own accessories or clothes into wearable electronics.
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!
Explore the ways in which the shape and size of a seed influences how far it may travel when carried or blown by wind.
With inexpensive baking trays and seeds, K-12 students can make model hillsides and explore soil erosion.
Explore the science of drinking through a straw by making and drinking from a very long straw in this week's science activity spotlight.
Put on a pedometer or fitness band and explore health and human behavior as you walk your way to 10,000 steps a day.
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.
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.
Experiment with aloe juice to see if it makes a difference in how long berries last.
Infuse summer downtime with fun opportunities to experiment with computer programming and coding.
Explore how "shape" relates to strength when using trusses in building.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies by Pluto.
Give an old cell phone new life as a handheld microscope.
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Make and test paper whirly birds to learn more about the aerodynamics of helicopter flight.
Test different throwing techniques or compare different Frisbees and learn more about aerodynamics and physics at the same time.
Use water drops to explore the physics behind mangification.
You can see surface tension in the way water pools on a penny, but what happens when you add soap?
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!
What colors make up a certain color ink in a marker? Find out with a family science activity.
A test tube of phytoplankton offers a no-mess way to let kids observe biochemical processes, circadian rhythms, and bioluminescence.
Bright summer light is perfect for exploring solar energy with hands-on science activities.
What makes a great photo great? Experiment with a family science activity to see if key approaches to composition make a difference.
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.
Build bridges from paper to explore civil engineering in this family STEM activity. Does the shape of the materials make a difference?
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.
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!
The Hive Detectives offers beautiful photographs and in-depth information about bees, as well as a fascinating mystery.
In this week's spotlight: a physics-focused family sports science activity that may make a difference in your next game of catch!
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.
Investigate how sugar and sugar substitutes compare in terms of sweetness in this family science activity spotlight.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
Twenty steps to help you and your kids succeed with family robotics projects.
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore computer code logic by guiding someone through a simple maze. No computer needed!
Adding solar panels to a brushbot project gives a new twist to an intermediate robotics building activity, but does it offer more power?
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
School and family science weekly spotlight: mix up your own bubbly drink and experiment to find just the right combination of ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the relationship between friction and surface with a fun activity.
Students in an 8th grade class designed their own playgrounds using Autodesk Inventor software for 3D modeling.
Great hands-on science projects and activities for Engineers Week!
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.
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!
School and family science weekly spotlight: drop candy hearts into soda for a Valentine's Day-themed chemistry exploration.
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore ocean currents with your own mini ocean model.
School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about nanotechnology with a hands-on paper-based experiment.
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.
Participants at a natural history museum sleepover event in Utah experiment with bristlebots and brushbots.
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore how different sorbents might help clean up an oil spill.
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.
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.
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.
School and family science weekly spotlight: use dough to explore the relationship between dimensions of an object and volume.
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.
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the science of making soup from dried beans.