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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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Durable Paper Dolls: Materials Science Meets Creative Pastime


Joints give paper dolls added life and let little fingers manipulate characters as they play out their roles in an imaginative storyline. But joints also add potential hot spots for damage. A plastic toy figurine may lose its arm, head,...

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Magic Train Puts Kids on Track with Physics of Magnetism


Assembling a simple wooden train and track with cleverly placed magnetic strips lets kids experiment with a train that levitates off the track and zips effortlessly from one end to the other when pushed. What happens when you add a...

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Bath Bombs Chemistry: Family Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: chemistry of bath bombs.

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Galactic Curiosity: Fifth Grade Student Charts a Science Course for the Stars


Sometimes it only takes a tiny spark, a chance meeting, or, maybe, running into an unknown word to ignite an interest that may guide a student into the future. With a string of astronomy science projects and a passion for...

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Ball Dribbling Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: the science involved in how energy behaves when a ball is dribbled.

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Biochemists: Investigating the Chemistry of Living Things


Students interested in projects involving food science, bacteria, microbiology, plants, and the effectiveness of different medicines may want to learn more about biochemistry as a possible science career path. Biochemists work on a wide range of exciting projects involving chemical processes that happen within living organisms.

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Symantec Volunteers Put Hands-on STEM Project Ideas to the Test


Symantec employees in multiple locations put a set of Science Buddies Project Ideas to a hands-on test. This team meeting may have felt like a day at school, but by working together to build and test simple motors and shake-it-up...

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Ice Cream Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: adding salt to the process of making ice cream.

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Mark DNA Day with a Field Trip, a Genome Refresher, or a Spool-Your-Own DNA Activity


Whether you explore strawberries, onions, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, or the ways in which certain family traits are evident in your family, make time to talk about and experiment with DNA-related science. Students of all ages should know their A's, T's, G's, and C's. With a fun science kit from Bio-Rad Laboratories, they might even wear their own DNA around their neck!

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Spring Science: Calling All Animal Lovers


Bunnies and chicks remind us that spring is here! No matter what sort of animals you have in your household, Science Buddies has a menagerie of Project Ideas for you to try. By Kim Mullin Learning from Your Pet Your...

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Family Fun with Physics: Launching Plastic Eggs with the Ping Pong Catapult


The ping pong catapult is a great device for independent student science projects, but this is a tool you can use again and again—even as the basis for a fun afternoon or weekend family science activity. We put the rubber...

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Strength of an Egg: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the strength of arches using eggshells.

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Green Engineering: National Environmental Education Week


From creating systems to desalinate water using solar energy to growing rooftop gardens to increase food supply and regulate building temperature, environmental engineers tackle all kinds of problems and innovate new solutions to help create a more sustainable world. Students...

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Science Buddies Success Story a Finalist in Global Challenge with Girls in STEM Project


A few year ago, Laura did a science project on bacteria and water bottles. Today, she is a finalist in a global challenge and encouraging other girls to get excited about STEM!

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First Grader Puts the Science of Fruits and Gelatin to the Test


You like your gelatin desserts solid and jiggly but not runny, right? A kitchen chemistry experiment reveals why certain gelatin and fruit combinations might appear at a potluck or picnic and not others. For this student and her family, the...

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Science Buddies Summer Science Roundup


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Visual illusions and other optical puzzles are fun for families to share and explore. With hands-on science projects and activities, students can create and test their own visual illusions--including a cool infinity mirror!

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School and family science weekly spotlight: the science of marinades

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A fun SimCity science project from Science Buddies helps turn in-game city planning into a science experiment, one students can also use to enter the annual Future City competition.

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What do gears and tires have to do with who wins a race—or how long it takes to ride to the corner store? Find out with hands-on sports science projects that help tie science to the sports kids love to do and watch.

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When you combine your circuitry know-how with fabric, you can, literally, wear your electronics on your sleeve. Students experiment with e-textiles.

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What variables make a game popular with players, and do boys and girls choose different types of games? Design a survey-based science project this summer and do some statistical analysis of the data you gather. Your results might be eye...



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