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Amy Cowen is Online Community Manager at Science Buddies and produces content for the Science Buddies blog, monthly newsletter, and social media streams, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Find her on Google+ and at Twitter.

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Popsicle Trusses


Explore how "shape" relates to strength when using trusses in building.

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Historic New Horizons Flyby of Pluto


NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flies by Pluto.

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Make a Microscope from your Cell Phone


Give an old cell phone new life as a handheld microscope.

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Whirly Bird Aerodynamics


Make and test paper whirly birds to learn more about the aerodynamics of helicopter flight.

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Fun Frisbee Science


Test different throwing techniques or compare different Frisbees and learn more about aerodynamics and physics at the same time.

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Explore Magnification with a Drop of Water: Weekly Science Spotlight


Use water drops to explore the physics behind mangification.

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Measuring Surface Tension with a Penny: Weekly Science Spotlight


You can see surface tension in the way water pools on a penny, but what happens when you add soap?

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Nick and Tesla Build a Gadget Glove: Science Reading


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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Splitting Ink: Marker Chromatography


What colors make up a certain color ink in a marker? Find out with a family science activity.

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Glow-in-the-dark Nighttime Summer Science


A test tube of phytoplankton offers a no-mess way to let kids observe biochemical processes, circadian rhythms, and bioluminescence.

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Heat up Your Summer with Solar Science


Bright summer light is perfect for exploring solar energy with hands-on science activities.

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Golden Rules of Photography: Family Science Spotlight


What makes a great photo great? Experiment with a family science activity to see if key approaches to composition make a difference.

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The Most Magnificent Thing: Science Reading


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.

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Building Paper Bridges: Family Science Spotlight


Build bridges from paper to explore civil engineering in this family STEM activity. Does the shape of the materials make a difference?

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