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Learn to Use Google's Science Journal App


June 15, 2018 6:00 AM

Learn how to use the Science Journal app with Science Buddies' how-to guides and tutorials.




Sparking Interest in STEM Careers in Middle School


June 14, 2018 6:00 AM

This sixth-grade computer teacher is helping her students start thinking, now, about the range of STEM career paths available and how jobs in science match up to interests they already have.




Student Success and the Science of Stealth


June 12, 2018 8:00 AM

Sixth grade student explores stealth technology with a project from Science Buddies.




Plastic Pollution and World Oceans Day


June 7, 2018 10:00 AM

For World Oceans Day, talk with students about ocean pollution and the need to reduce the amount of plastic trash flowing into waterways.




Real-world Blood Typing and the Value of Blood Donation


June 4, 2018 6:00 AM

Blood donations make transfusions and important treatments like Anti-D possible. Explore blood typing science.




A Pet Science Project Success


May 24, 2018 6:00 AM

For this eighth grade student, the key to a positive first science fair experience was a project about his dog.




Laurel vs. Yanny and Student STEM


May 22, 2018 6:00 AM

Students interested in the Laurel vs. Yanny debate can explore other fascinating hands-on STEM projects related to illusion and human perception.




Science Buddies Teams up with PPG Volunteers to Improve Crime Scene Chemistry Project


May 15, 2018 6:00 AM

PPG volunteers help Science Buddies update a popular crime scene chemistry science project.




Colorful Walking Water Science Activity


May 3, 2018 10:00 AM

Simple STEM activity turns capillary action and "siphoning" into an exciting rainbow-colored demonstration




Free Lesson Plan to Model the Odds of Developing an Autoimmune Disease


April 25, 2018 6:00 AM

DNA Day! Free NGSS-aligned genetics Lesson Plan guides activity to model the odds of developing an autoimmune disease




Exploring Light with the Science Journal App


April 23, 2018 10:00 AM

The fourth in our "how-to" series for using Google's Science Journal app for science class focuses on using the light sensor to record data and perform experiments involving light. Google's free Science Journal app lets you use sensors on your…




Inspiring Students about STEM Careers and Robotics


April 10, 2018 6:00 AM

Science Buddies' robotics expert talks with elementary school students about STEM careers.




See Where STEM Can Take You


April 6, 2018 11:00 AM

Plan your visit to the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival. Plus, video callenge winners announced!




Fourth Annual Fluor Challenge Celebrates Engineering


April 4, 2018 6:00 AM

Fluor Corporation announces winners of the 2018 Ball Launcher Fluor Challenge.




Exploring Sound Intensity with the Science Journal App


March 28, 2018 6:00 AM

The third in our "how-to" series for using Google's Science Journal app for science class focuses on using the sound intensity sensor to record data. Google's free Science Journal app lets you use sensors on your phone or mobile device (iOS…




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Count Down to Winter Break with Creative STEM


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The Obstacle-Avoiding BlueBot


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Giving Tuesday - Help us keep our materials free


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Potato Science Collection


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Assign the Topic Selection Wizard! With Google Classroom Integration, you can turn project finding into a classroom assignment!

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Stretchy Dough and the Science of Gluten


Experiment to see how gluten affects the stretchiness and elasticity of dough.

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