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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.
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.
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.
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.
July 20, 2015 4:00 PM
Experiment with aloe juice to see if it makes a difference in how long berries last.
July 17, 2015 7:00 AM
Infuse summer downtime with fun opportunities to experiment with computer programming and coding.
July 14, 2015 4:19 PM
Explore how "shape" relates to strength when using trusses in building.
July 14, 2015 8:33 AM
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies by Pluto.
July 13, 2015 1:35 PM
Give an old cell phone new life as a handheld microscope.
July 10, 2015 1:00 AM
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July 9, 2015 12:00 PM
Make and test paper whirly birds to learn more about the aerodynamics of helicopter flight.
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.
July 2, 2015 9:00 AM
Use water drops to explore the physics behind mangification.
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?
June 26, 2015 8:00 AM
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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Great hands-on science projects and activities for Engineers Week!
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