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Looking Up--Astronomy for K-5

A headline today from New Scientist asks what the sun will look like as a planetary nebula when it begins to die--in about 5 billion years.

Questions that involve billions of years from now can be mind-boggling, but considering what happens in the span of a few hours or through the course of a night is something students of all ages can tackle.

When younger children look up at the sky, both shifts in the appearance of the moon as well as differences in what and how many stars are visible at any given time are opportunities for discussion and a bit of scientific fact that can seem amazing to the youngest of astronomers.

Here are a few Science Buddies science fair project ideas which can help bring the night skies into sharper focus:


Science Buddies Science Activities

Science Buddies Summer Science Roundup


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

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



Your Science!
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