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Weekly Science Activity Spotlight / Film Canister Rockets with Chemical Reaction Hands-on Science Project for School or Family Science

In this week's spotlight: a pair of projects that fit right in with U.S. 4th of July celebrations and let you get hands-on with "rocket" science at any time of the year. What happens when you combine vinegar and baking soda? A chemical reaction! If you contain the reaction in a small space like a film canister, you can get a high-flying blast from the combination—your own mini rocket. But how much of each ingredient do you need? Experiment with the ratio of vinegar and baking soda to find the perfect mix for the highest-flying fun as you and your family explore Newton's third law of motion, combustion, and chemical reactions.

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

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



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