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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:


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Science Buddies and Autodesk for Student STEM Exploration


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



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