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The Science Buddies Blog gives students, teachers, and parents an inside look at student science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects, activities, success stories, and real-world connections.



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Globs of Gluten: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore gluten in different types of flour.

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Musical Bottles: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the physics of sound by making music using bottles.

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The Speed of Falling: Weekly Science Activity


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

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Sounds Like Halloween: Weekly Science Activity


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

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Detective Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the science that helps solve crimes! Use fake blood and investigate how blood spatter changes depending on the height from which the blood was dropped.

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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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Now Playing: The Perseid Meteor Showers


Catch the annual Perseids meteor shower and tie in some fun family astronomy science with an exploration of parallax. How far away are the things we see in the sky?

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Pizza Box Solar Oven: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: make a solar oven from household and recycled materials.

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Marinade Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: the science of marinades

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Powering a Raft with Surface Tension: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: surface tension used to power a small raft.

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Families and Fingerprints: Weekly Science Activity


Weekly family science activity: are fingerprint patterns inherited and shared among family members?

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Expanding and Contracting Gases: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: how gases expand and contract in response to temperature.

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Geodesic Gumdrop Dome: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: build a simple geodesic dome from candies and toothpicks.

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Pinwheel Science: Weekly Science Activity


School and family science weekly spotlight: energy-focused family science experiment that explores the relationship between the potential power of a wind turbine and the source and location of the wind.

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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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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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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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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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Floating Eggs: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: floating eggs.

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Musical Straws: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: musical straws.

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Home Sweet Bug Microenvironments: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: which microenvironments will pillbugs and sowbugs choose and why?

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Colorful Family Science for St. Patrick's Day


School and family science weekly spotlight: what happens when you put drops of food coloring in milk and then add dishwashing liquid?

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Carnival Game Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: why does a popular carnival game that looks easy to win sometimes seem really difficult?

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Bridge Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: can a suspension bridge carry a greater load than a beam bridge?

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Seasons Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: when a surface is titled, how does the light reaching it change?

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Heart Health: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: if you exercise regularly, does your heart recover from exertion more quickly than if you don't exercise often?

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Landslide Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the science behind things sitting on a slope.

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Pixel Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore how pixel-resolution is related to the quality of the graphics in a video game.

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Static Electricity Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore static electricity with your own electroscope.

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Puppy Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore why puppies and other animals huddle together for warmth.

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Sweaty Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: experiment

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Cornbread Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: experiment with the role of baking powder in baking.

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Memory Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: experiment with mnemonic devices to see if they help improve recall of items on a list.

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Family Robotics: Toothbrush Bots that Follow the Light


Building light-tracking robots as a family activity lets you and your kids take next steps in electronics and circuitry! My kids and I had a great time over the summer whetting our teeth on basic robotics and electronics by transforming...

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Taste Bud Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: find out your taste threshold for sweetness, saltiness, and sourness.

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Sauce Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: experimenting to see how cooking time changes the consistency of cranberry dishes.

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Salty Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: detecting the presence of iodine in salt by looking for a visible chemical reaction.

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Stride Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: the science of individual stride and walking measurements.

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Camouflage Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: does camouflage make a difference when it comes to a predator finding its prey?

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Spilling Candy: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: how do granular materials appear to flow?

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Eye Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: eyes and the science of afterimages.

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Compost Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: how does the rate of different compostable items compare?

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Falling Objects: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: how fast will an object fall?

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Bird Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: what a bird's feet can tell you about the bird.

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Probability and Playing Cards: Hands-on Family Math


A deck of cards provides a concrete look at probability and chance in a hands-on math activity that easily scales up and down in difficulty to match the experience of your students. played a lot of cards, so I grew...

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Soil Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: make a Winogradsky column to explore a miniature biosphere.

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Rooftop Gardens: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate rooftop gardens.

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Fizzy Chemical Reactions: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


In this week's spotlight: a trio of chemistry science projects for fizzy, science fun. When you drop an Alka-Seltzer® tablet into water, a chemical reaction begins. What influences the rate of this reaction? Explore the role of temperature on...

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Moon Size Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate the full moon illusion.

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Meteor Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate how the size of a crater depends upon the size of the meteorite.

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Species Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate backyard biodiversity.

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Fruit and Gelatin Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate the role of enzymes on the way certain fruits combine with gelatin.

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Hula Hoop Science: Weekly Science Project Idea and Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate the importance of the size and weight of a hula hoop.

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Rocket Science: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate combustion and chemical reactions with mini vinegar and baking soda rockets.

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Where's Waldo Science: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate the science behind visual search and find.

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Shake Up Some Butter


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate the role of temperature in the process of making butter with these food science projects.

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Family Tree Science: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate family traits by making a family pedigree and tracking certain traits through your family history in this pair of genetics science projects.

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M&M Math: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: investigate to find out how often each color of M&M's appears. What are the odds of pulling your favorite color? Find out in these math and statistics projects.

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Mummification Science: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the science behind Egyptian mummification by making a mummified hot dog!

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Flower Pigment Science: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: use paper chromatography to see what makes up the colors of flowers.

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Crystal Chemistry: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: grow crystals at home and explore the chemistry behind the big ones!

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Flip-book Animation Science: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


School and family science weekly spotlight: create easy and fun flip-book animations to explore the optical illusion behind animation.

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Circus Science


School and family science weekly spotlight: use marshmallows and sticks to explore how the distribution of an object's mass determines how the object will balance.

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Candy Chromatography


School and family science weekly spotlight: paper chromatography to explore the colors in candy coatings.

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Soft-boiling Eggs


School and family science weekly spotlight: a pair of eggy projects that are just in time for more Easter-inspired science with your family!

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs


School and family science weekly spotlight: a pair of art meets chemistry projects perfect for Easter-inspired science activities with your family!

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Cabbage Clones


School and family science weekly spotlight: a pair of green-thumb projects straight from the pages of science fiction!

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Mixing Up Some Science Fun


School and family science weekly spotlight: a pair of kitchen science projects that investigate mixtures, solutions, and colloids as part of a fun science activity!

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Paper Airplanes


School and family science weekly spotlight: a pair of paper airplane science projects that turn ordinary paper airplane folding into a fun hands-on science activity!

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight: Tie Dye


Are you looking for a school science project topic or a hands-on science activity to do on the weekend or with your family? Science Buddies' science projects come in all sizes! In this week's spotlight: a pair of science...

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Heart-smart Science: Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


Are you looking for a school science project topic or a hands-on science activity to do on the weekend or with your family? Science Buddies' science projects come in all sizes! This week's spotlight pays tribute to Valentine's Day...

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Weekly Science Project Idea/Home Science Activity Spotlight


Are you looking for a school science project topic or a hands-on science activity to do on the weekend or with your family? Science Buddies' science projects come in all sizes! In this week's spotlight: a pair of science...

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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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