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Heavy Metals Turn Waterways Orange


February 9, 2016 9:45 AM

A river runs orange? Student science projects make real-world connections to how heavy metals and other pollutants affect aquatic life.




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Mastering the Project Display Board


February 3, 2016 12:15 PM

Take a closer look at what goes into a well-organized and effective science fair project display board.




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The Best of 2015 on the Science Buddies Blog


February 2, 2016 12:00 PM

Take a look at some of our favorite blog posts from last year.




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Fruit Juice Distillation


January 28, 2016 10:30 AM

Explore the process of distillation with a kitchen chemistry activity using fruit juice.




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Compare Sports Drinks with the Electrolyte Challenge


January 27, 2016 8:02 AM

Analyze the electrolytes in various sports drinks and juices with the Electrolyte Challenge.




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Projectile Physics and Catapult Science


January 22, 2016 2:00 PM

Explore the physics behind a catapult with a simple DIY catapult you can make at home.




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Super Bowl Science


January 18, 2016 3:00 PM

Score extra points with student sports fans with football science projects.




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Carbon Filters and Adsorbing Science


January 12, 2016 1:54 PM

Explore the science behind carbon filters with a colorful family STEM activity.




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Colorful Sharpie Tie-Dye Science


December 23, 2015 8:20 AM

Sharpie Tie-Dye is a great way to add colorful and creative STEM to the holidays and winter break.




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Whip Up Some Science in the Kitchen


December 21, 2015 7:14 AM

With a few basic ingredients, you can conjure up "whipping cream" food-science fun for both tots and teens.




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Paper Circuits Bring Light to Seasonal Greetings


December 17, 2015 1:00 PM

With copper tape, an LED, and a coin cell battery, students can transform ordinary greeting cards into fun light up cards.




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A Geodesic Dome for the Season


December 16, 2015 7:00 AM

With gumdrops and toothpicks, kids can make a dome and explore the math behind a geodesic dome.




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Fun Science Picks for Winter Break


December 15, 2015 9:36 AM

Line up science, technology, engineering, and math activities to inspire and excite kids over winter break.




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Blending Science and Art with Paper Inventions


December 14, 2015 11:10 AM

Paper Inventions contains a wide-ranging collection of paper-based "to do" projects for student makers.




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Music to Your Ears


December 11, 2015 11:52 AM

Next time you visit a mall, watch a movie, or play a video game, pay attention to the music you hear.


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Build a BlueBot Over Break


The BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit lets students try four different robots, for four times the building fun!

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The Girl Factor: Creative Code and Computer Programming


Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with an Hour of Code and inspiring photos from a girlSPARC workshop.

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Exploring, Finding, and Landing STEM Careers


Science Buddies hopes to help students discover exciting STEM career options, even in areas of science they may not have considered.

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Explore Radioactive Decay with Coins


Explore the science of radioactive decay with a safe hands-on family STEM activity.

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Student Essay Winner Writes of the Importance of Hands-on Science


Berkeley freshman and Bio-Rad essay winner Kainat Shaikh offers an insightful look at the value of science education for today's students.

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Make Music with Singing Glasses


Explore the physics of sound as you make music using wine glasses in this family STEM activity.

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Big Ears Science


Experiment with different styles of ears to see how the size and shape of ears changes what you may be able to hear in this family STEM activity.

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The Science of Football Flight


Explore football science with sports-focused STEM projects.

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Increasing Awareness about Diabetes with Student STEM Projects


A new collection at Science Buddies helps students explore science, technology, engineering, and math related to diabetes.

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Paper Rocket Aerodynamics


Make paper rockets you can launch by blowing through a straw and experiment to find out how changing the design can change how the rockets fly.

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Cyber Security: Hiding Personal Data from Prying Eyes


Experiment and discover ways to thwart would-be criminals with RFID, password, and robotics student science projects!

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Computer Programming for Better Health


By designing tools that can be immediately useful on a personal level, students can really see the power of using code to design their own apps.

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Dancing Water Droplets


Find out how to make water droplets dance with a colorful hands-on physics activity.

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Candy Color Chromatography


Use the Candy Chromatography Kit to unlock the colors that make up the coatings on favorite candies.

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The Physics of Fake Blood


How can physics help you mix up the ickiest fake blood to gross out your friends this Halloween? Head to the kitchen to find out!

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Special Effects Fun with Nick and Tesla


This Nick and Tesla mystery guides readers in brewing STEM-based special effects that might be perfect for Halloween-themed fun.

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Wire Some Trick-or-Treat or Light-up Fun with Scratch and Raspberry Pi


For this middle school student, a homemade pumpkin was a perfect thing to light up with LEDs using the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit!

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Halloween STEM Roundup


Hands-on science for Trick-or-Treat week and beyond.

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Phone Book Friction Physics


Explore properties related to friction by experimenting with phone books that are interleaved.

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Water on Mars—From Sci-Fi to Space Science


The action in a popular sci-fi movie explodes when an astronaut stranded on Mars attempts to create water to irrigate his plants. In real-world space news, water has been confirmed on Mars!

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Cucumber Chemistry: The Drying Power of Dessicants


Using cucumbers and substances like sugar and salt, students can experiment to see which ingredients do the best job of drawing moisture from the cucumber.

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Samsung Inspires Students to Solve Community Challenges with STEM


The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest challenges teachers and students to brainstorm ways that STEM could be applied to solve a real-world challenge or problem in their community. Deadline: 10/30/15.

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Taste Tests and Other Science Projects with Volunteers


Whether the project involves a taste test or another kind of test, volunteers can be a key component for projects exploring human behavior and perception, human biology, or food sciences.

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Flippy the Robot Dances (and Falls Apart)


Building and improving a simple dancing robot whose legs fly off is a great way to "teach" lessons related to engineering and troubleshooting. Plus, Flippy is adorable and this project is a lot of fun!

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Compare Circumference and Diameter with String


Explore properties of a circle, just like mathematicians do, to identify the relationship between the diameter of a circle and circumference.

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Survey Science: Asking Questions and Analyzing Answers to Test a Hypothesis


Using a survey to gather data for a science project can be a lot of fun, but successful survey science takes careful preparation, planning, and data analysis.

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Wind Turbines and Energy from Wind Turbulence


Experiment to see how buildings may interrupt the flow of air and create vortices rather than steady streams of wind.

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Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse


An understanding of electronics, chemistry, physics, and other STEM subjects can improve your odds of survival in the event that zombies come to town.

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Solve a Mystery with Science


Students get a hands-on look at chemical reactions using a color test as they work to solve a hypothetical medical mystery in the Crime Scene Chemistry project.

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A 'Big Blue Live' Look at Marine Life


Students and classes can explore environmental issues, marine life, the science of habitats and migration related to popular "Big Blue Live" series.

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Racing Marbles to Measure Viscosity


Measure and compare the viscosity of different household liquids by doing a drop test with marbles.

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Exploring Bridge Beams with Spaghetti


Use uncooked spaghetti noodles to explore the forces that come into play on a weight-bearing beam.

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A Positive Science Fair Project Experience


What can parents do to help ensure that a science project assignment is a positive and successful learning experience for their student?

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Wearable Electronics: Sewing an LED Patch


With needle, conductive thread, LEDs, and a power source, you can transform your own accessories or clothes into wearable electronics.

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Sewing Electronics: Wearables that Light Up


With some basic e-textile knowhow, you can create your own wearable circuits, so grab a needle, conductive thread, a coin cell battery, and some LEDs to sew your own custom wearable electronics!

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Seed Dispersal Science: Carried by the Wind


Explore the ways in which the shape and size of a seed influences how far it may travel when carried or blown by wind.

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Planting a Solution to Soil Erosion


With inexpensive baking trays and seeds, K-12 students can make model hillsides and explore soil erosion.

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The Science of a Very Long Straw


Explore the science of drinking through a straw by making and drinking from a very long straw in this week's science activity spotlight.

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Exploring 10,000 Steps a Day with Student Science


Put on a pedometer or fitness band and explore health and human behavior as you walk your way to 10,000 steps a day.

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Supporting Girls Doing Science


More than half of the students who visit Science Buddies are girls. Science Buddies is committed to helping encourage girls to explore all areas of science.

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Make a Lemon Battery


Lemons may be sour, but in this science activity, getting a charge from a lemon is about electricity, not taste! Explore with a homemade battery.

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Make Your Berries Last Longer with Aloe?


Experiment with aloe juice to see if it makes a difference in how long berries last.

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Program Summer with Cool Computer Code


Infuse summer downtime with fun opportunities to experiment with computer programming and coding.

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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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Sale in the Science Buddies Store!


Limited time offer! Take 25% off in the store now through July 15, 2015.

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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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Do Even More with Your Raspberry Pi Projects Kit


After working through the Science Buddies activities, Adventures in Raspberry Pi is a great way to explore other things to do with the Raspberry Pi.

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Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck: Engineering Inspiration


Don't miss this rhyming pair of picture books for STEM-focused summer reading. Each offers a charming illustration of the engineering. Kids can be engineers, too!

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A Honeybee Mystery: Science Reading


The Hive Detectives offers beautiful photographs and in-depth information about bees, as well as a fascinating mystery.

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Throwing Balls and Trajectory: Weekly Family Science Activity


In this week's spotlight: a physics-focused family sports science activity that may make a difference in your next game of catch!

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The Video Game Science of Hit Boxes


The classic game of Galaga provided inspiration for this sixth grade student as he designed his own video game to learn more about the role of hit boxes in creating a successful game.

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Sweet Like Sugar? Weekly Science Activity Spotlight


Investigate how sugar and sugar substitutes compare in terms of sweetness in this family science activity spotlight.

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Picturing Big Data: The Science of Infographics


With more data flowing in than most of us can ever hope to sift through, infographics have emerged as a viewer-friendly way to convey data-driven information.

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Ex-stream Science: Exploring Local Watershed Health


Heading outdoors lets kids experience real-world applications of their classroom learning. What can you learn on a field trip to a pond or stream?

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Going the Distance with Starlight Science


This sixth grade student took a comparative look at the change in intensity of a star's light in relation to its distance. She ended up with a winning combination of math and physics!

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Bend or Break? Candy Science


What happens when you bend your favorite candy in half? If you put it in the freezer first, will the candy behave differently? Put it to the test with a family science activity!

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New Raspberry Pi Projects Kit


The Raspberry Pi Projects Kit from the Science Buddies Store enable kids to work on creative projects that blend computer programming, electronics circuit building, and art.

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How to Do Robotics at Home with Your Kids


Twenty steps to help you and your kids succeed with family robotics projects.

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Paper Maze Programming: Start to Finish Computer Logic


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore computer code logic by guiding someone through a simple maze. No computer needed!

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Building a Solar-powered Bristlebot


Adding solar panels to a brushbot project gives a new twist to an intermediate robotics building activity, but does it offer more power?

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Creative Paper Circuits with Copper Tape


With paper, markers, LEDs, and copper tape, kids can get a hands-on introduction to electronics and circuits and turn their own drawings and creative projects into ones that light up!

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Balloon-powered Vehicle Success


Hands-on engineering got a boost of balloon power with the fun 2015 Fluor® Engineering Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who joined the challenge and shared their creation! Take a look at some of the great entries!

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Students 3D Design and Print Their Own Robots with Autodesk Tinkercad


A recent robotics workshop gave students in New Jersey the opportunity to experiment with 3D design using Autodesk® Tinkercad® and then to use their custom parts in their robots.

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Stretchy Rubber Band Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: What happens when you heat up or cool down a bunch of molecules? Do rubber bands behave as you might expect?

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What Shape is a Hard-boiled Egg?


This year, give your hardboiled eggs a twist and turn ordinary ovoid hardboiled eggs into fun shapes! The trick to the transformation is understanding the science behind the process of hardboiling.

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Bubbly Soda Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: mix up your own bubbly drink and experiment to find just the right combination of ingredients.

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A Farmer's Dilemma: To Till or Not To Till


As winter turns to spring, farmers are preparing to plant this year's crops. For some, tilling their fields is a thing of the past.

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Fascinating Physics of Fluids and Surface Movement


Mesmerizing video puts the physics of liquid in motion. Students and families can explore related science with hands-on activities that are fun to do at home or in the classroom.

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Guess What's Inside: Rock Science


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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Talking Pi and Pie for Pi Day


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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Putting Together a Project Display Board


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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How Low Can You Go? Melting Road Ice


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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Sliding and Friction: Weekly Science Activity


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

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Students Use Autodesk 3D Design Software to Create Model Playgrounds


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

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Great Ideas for Engineers Week


Great hands-on science projects and activities for Engineers Week!

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Shoo, Flu!: Vaccine Science


What are your chances of getting the flu this year? Discover how your immune system and the flu vaccine work together to keep you healthy.

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Blaze Your Own Trail with a Balloon-powered Vehicle


How much weight can a balloon-powered vehicle carry? Find out with this year's 2015 Fluor® Engineering Challenge. Enter for a chance to win money for your school!

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Dancing Candy Hearts: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: drop candy hearts into soda for a Valentine's Day-themed chemistry exploration.

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Ocean Currents: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore ocean currents with your own mini ocean model.

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Explore Nanotechnology with Paper: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about nanotechnology with a hands-on paper-based experiment.

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Football Science: Score Big this Super Bowl Sunday with Sports Science


In the days leading up to the big game, in the days after, or even during off-season, you can kick around sports science concepts with your student sports fans.

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Bristlebots at the Museum


Participants at a natural history museum sleepover event in Utah experiment with bristlebots and brushbots.

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Soaking Up Sorbent Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore how different sorbents might help clean up an oil spill.

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Last Year on the Science Buddies Blog


Highlights and favorite posts from last year on the Science Buddies Blog—great science project overviews, visual spreads that show hands-on science in action, and real-world connections.

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Kids Read Science News


A new website feature at Science Buddies, sponsored by Cisco Foundation, brings science news to students. With the news feed, students can easily locate science news stories related to a project or science interest.

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Fueling Science Teachers to Inspire Students with Hands-on Science


Thanks to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the INFINITY Science Center, and Science Buddies, teachers in Mississippi got a booster course in rocket science—and paper airplane folding.

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Making Math with Dough: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: use dough to explore the relationship between dimensions of an object and volume.

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A Dolphin Tail and Prosthetics Engineering


In movies like Dolphin Tale, you don't have to look far to find the engineering design process in action. With the steps of the engineering process being acted out as the story unfolds, students see that success often involves a great deal of trial, error, testing, and redesigning.

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