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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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Building a Halloween Brushbot: Family Robotics


An orange scrub brush gives a family science activity a boost of jack-o-lantern-inspired fun and leads to a great robotics exploration.

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Solar Power Towers and Migratory Flight Paths


Environmental conservation and energy science collide in a proposed solar power project that promises greener energy but threatens to disrupt a major migratory path for birds. Students explore with big data science.

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Major League Baseball = Major League Science


Think baseball is all about runs, outs, balls, and strikes? What about physics, biomechanics, and statistics? Explore the science of baseball!

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Boba Spherification: The Science of Juice-filled Caviar


We go DIY with molecular gastronomy and family science as we make our own popping boba using the Spherification Kit from the Science Buddies Store.

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Ebola Outbreak Reaches Epidemic Proportions in West Africa


The current Ebola crisis in West Africa has already topped charts for all Ebola outbreaks in history. Medical biotechnology science projects let students gets hands-on with projects that parallel real-world research and development.

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Caterpillar Spotting Leads to Citizen Science


An unusual caterpillar brings lots of "eeeews!" and one contribution to a citizen science project. Discover how anyone can collaborate on serious scientific research.

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Drag-and-drop Code: Engaging Students with Computer Programming


UC Berkeley Professor Dan Garcia talks about the kind of "drag-and-drop," block-based, snap-together programming environments that are becoming increasingly popular as a way to introduce students of all ages to code.

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Computer Programming Basics: An Hour of Code


With a smorgasbord of fun, engaging, playful, and puzzling modules available as part of the Hour of Code initiative, kids can experiment with programming basics and sample Javascript, Python, Ruby, and more.

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Students and Schools Applying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to Solve Local Problems


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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What's in a Watermelon?


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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From Wooden Train to the Magic of Maglev


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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Boosting Biotechnology Learning in Local Schools


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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Rosetta Pulls Alongside Jupiter Family Comet: Student Space Science Projects


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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Homemade Compass: Weekly Science Activity


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

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Tie-Dye Using Permanent Markers: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the chemistry of solubility while making your own tie dye using permanent markers.

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Science Buddies and Autodesk for Student STEM Exploration


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Can you harness the sun to cook your dinner? A solar oven skeptic is converted after building his own solar oven and putting it to the test.

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Put yourself in the middle of ongoing research and development with a cutting-edge student biomedical engineering, human biology, or computer science project.

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School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the science of speed and constant acceleration.

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You don't have to wait until the last minute to start the project display board for a science fair project. A great board takes planning, and you can do a good deal of preliminary legwork getting your board ready even...

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School and family science weekly spotlight: listen to how music and sound are incorporated in movies of certain types.

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Science activities and projects that let kids get hands-on with things slimy, ghoulish, gross, light-up, or glow-in-the-dark.



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