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Crowdfunding: Fundraising Ideas and Tips for Teachers


June 21, 2017 5:00 AM

Can you fund your classroom wishlist with crowdfunding? Find out tips and tricks other teachers use to successfully crowdfund for their classrooms.




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Philadelphia Classrooms Benefit from Science Buddies Kit Club Program


June 14, 2017 5:00 AM

Four teachers in Philadelphia received free science kits for their classrooms thanks to support from Science Buddies and VWR Foundation.




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Boat and Submarine Science


June 13, 2017 12:00 PM

Experiment with boat and submarine design and learn more about hydrodynamics, density, and buoyancy.




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Get Ready for Summer Science


June 7, 2017 8:00 AM

Find creative science projects they will enjoy for STEM fun at home all summer long!




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Kitchen Science Roundup!


June 5, 2017 9:30 AM

From molecular gastronomy to making the best grilled cheese and marshmallows, we've got suggestions for tasty kitchen-based STEM explorations for students.




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Balloon Science Activities


June 1, 2017 7:00 AM

Explore student science projects and activities that use balloons.




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The Color Code - Improving Agriculture with Color-smart Technology


May 30, 2017 6:00 AM

In two new agricultural technology projects, students can explore uses for color-based technologies.




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Science with Fidget Spinners


May 26, 2017 11:55 AM

Help kids tap into engaging science explorations with fidget spinners.




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Students Find Flow in Third Successful Fluor Challenge


May 18, 2017 9:00 AM

Congratulations to everyone that participated and submitted a water flow solution for the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge. Annual challenge celebrates the engineering design process.




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Stained Laundry Science and Bleach


April 28, 2017 8:00 AM

This hands-on activity helps students see the relationship between bleach and stain removal. What's the chemistry behind getting stains out of white clothes?




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Shoebox STEM: A 4-H Success Story


April 26, 2017 8:00 AM

Ohio 4-H distributes Shoebox STEM kits with the ArtBot robotics project inside.




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Shampoo Science


April 17, 2017 8:00 AM

How do you determine whether one shampoo is more effective than another? Science can help!




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Build Fun Robots with Students


April 10, 2017 8:00 AM

Science Buddies has projects, Lesson Plans, and convenient kits to make it easy to explore robotics with students.




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Bring Robotics to the Classroom for National Robotics Week


April 5, 2017 7:00 AM

Choose a Science Buddies activity or Lesson Plan for a classroom robotics activity for National Robotics Week!




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Google's Science Journal App Transforms a Cell Phone into a Powerful Tool for Science Class


April 3, 2017 6:00 AM

Instead of telling students to put their phones away, science teachers may soon be asking students to pull their phones out to do in-class STEM activities with Google's Science Journal app.


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Chocolate Covered Candy Geodes


Two culinary students turn making chocolate-covered candy eggs into a masterful science experiment.

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Step by Step Science Project Display Boards


Help students understand the parts of a science project display board so they can create their boards with confidence.

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Students Explore Blood Type Chemistry


With a hands-on science kit and synthetic blood samples, students take a closer look at the science behind blood and blood typing.

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Making the Case for Early STEM Education


Vice Provost of Enrollment at Florida Polytechnic University on the importance of STEM education and opportunities that foster STEM career path awareness.

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Student Finds Success at First Science Fair with Bristlebot Project


This student found the perfect project and kit at Science Buddies and went on to the regional science fair!

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The Physics of Falling Toast


Will a piece of buttered toast land buttered side up or down if it falls to the floor?

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Take the Fluor Challenge


Have your students enter build their own water flow for the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge for a chance to win!

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Great Ideas for Engineers Week


Engineering projects and activities you can do with your students to celebrate Engineers Week

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Fluor Engineering Water Flow Challenge


This year's Fluor Challenge is a water flow challenge inspired by the ancient Banaue Rice Terraces.

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Fluor Engineering Water Flow Challenge Overview Video


Watch the video to learn more about the 2017 K-12 Fluor Engineering Challenge!

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Kit Club Helps Level STEM Playing Field


Science Buddies' Kit Club helps local companies support community schools. One New Jersey school district has turned its Kit Club grant award into a video challenge for area schools.

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Make Your Own Sorting Machine


Making a sorting machine help students understand steps of the engineering process—and make a cool, functional machine!

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Lesson Plans Help Teachers Put Hands-on Science on the Calendar


Science Buddies Lesson Plans make it easier than ever for teachers to confidently lead standards-based science and engineering experiments and activities with their students.

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Enzymes, Foam, and Hydrogen Peroxide


Get hands-on with enzymes and see how the catalase enzyme helps break down hydrogen peroxide in the body.

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Mechanical Science Scissor Lift


Experiment with physics and mechanical engineering by making a fun cardboard scissor lift.

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Digital Classroom: Assign the Science Project with Google Classroom Integration


Give our Google Classroom Integration a try to make it easier than ever to assign and manage science projects with Science Buddies!

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Get Computer Smart about File Deletion


Investigate how computer files are stored and deleted and how different methods for file deletion change how difficult it may be to find or restore deleted files.

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Finger Paint Fractals


Explore fractals and search for similar and repeating patterns with a family-friendly science activity.

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Experimenting with Virtual Reality Science


With cardboard viewers and phone apps, students can explore the science behind virtual reality.

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A Water Sensor Circuit for the Tree


Combine a simple circuit with a tree ornament for a helpful water-level monitor.

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Light Up Your Creativity with Electric Play Dough


Light up their creativity by adding LEDs to their play dough creations!

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Merry Science: Take a Candle Carousel for a Spin


Learn more about aerodynamics from a traditional German holiday decoration. Make your own candle carousel to explore!

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Better Lip Balm Science


Thanks to help from a team of volunteers at PPG, a cosmetics-focused student chemistry project got a "lift."

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Four Fun Builds in One BlueBot Robotics Kit!


The BlueBot 4-in-1 Robotics Kit offers plenty of enriching robotics engineering fun to last the entire winter break and beyond!

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Celebrate Computer Science Education Week


Science Buddies' computer science projects, activities, and resources help support student interest in coding.

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STEM at Home for Winter Break


Give your kids great science-themed "to do" options for a fun and engaging Winter Break.

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Reflective Clothing and Pedestrian Safety: The Science of Being Seen


A hands-on safety science project helps students better understand what it takes to "be seen" at night.

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The Obstacle-Avoiding BlueBot


The Obstacle-Avoiding BlueBot is one of four robotics projects that can be done with the BlueBot Robotics Kit.

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Giving Tuesday - Help us keep our materials free


Millions of K-12 students use ScienceBuddies' #science project ideas and resources each year. We need your help to keep our #STEM materials free.

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Potato Science Collection


Potatoes can be used in a wide range of hands-on student science experiments!

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A Saucy Thanksgiving


Kitchen science to tie in with Thanksgiving foods and favorites.

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Science, Biochemistry, and Sugar


Sugar Metabolism Kit enables students to explore science questions related to sugars and the human body.

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Family History Fuels Student Engineer's Passion for Medical Engineering


A family member's medical condition fuels a young Maker's interest in biomedical engineering.

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Explore Diabetes with Student STEM


Learn more about diabetes with related hands-on science projects and activities.

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Spooktacular Halloween Science


Explore great hands-on projects and activities that tie in with Halloween.

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Pumpkin Power Project


Experiment to find out which fruits and vegetables can be used to generate electricity.

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Enter the Verizon App Challenge


The Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge encourages students to move from technology users to technology creators.

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Halloween Robots


Build your own Halloween-inspired robots as a class, after-school, or family robotics activity!

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Digital Classroom: Scientific Method Quiz


New quizzes and interactive tools help teachers assess student understanding and can be easily added to Google Classroom as student assignments.

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Sound Science with a String and a Hanger


Experiment to explore how some materials transmit sound better than others.

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Smart Science Project Display Boards


Our guide takes the mystery out of building a great science project display board!

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Raise Your Voice against Cyberbullying


A new website and downloadable guide helps parents better understand and talk about cyberbullying with their kids.

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Gas and the Size of a Marshmallow


Kitchen science: explore laws of chemistry that can be observed by experimenting with the air surrounding a marshmallow!

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Digital Classroom: Making the (Login) Connection


What you need to know about logging in at Science Buddies with Google Classroom.

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Baking Soda Bubbles and the Science of Sour


Use baking soda to find out whether or not a food is sour in this "bubbly" kitchen chemistry activity.

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Your Digital Classroom: The Topic Selection Wizard


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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Flocculants and the Science Behind Clean Drinking Water


Model a water treatment plant process to see how water is changed from turbid to clear before being piped to customers for drinking.

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Putting the McGurk Effect to the Test


With a bit of video making, students can put the McGurk effect to the test with friends and family.

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Your Digital Classroom: Assigning Science Reading with Science Buddies' Google Classroom Integration


Use the Science Buddies news feed to locate science news articles and easily add them to your Google Classroom.

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Diaper Duty Science


Take an inside look at the polymer in diapers that makes them effective at absorbing liquid.

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White-hat Hackers: Cybersecurity Specialists


A career in cybersecurity: individuals who can think like a hacker are in demand.

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Popcorn Popping Science


Explore the science that makes popcorn "pop."

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Growing Science: Agriculture and Plant Projects


Plant-based science projects may take extra time. We have strategies to help students succeed.

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Center of a Shape Science


Experiment with a simple science technique that can help determine the center of a shape.

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Stay Up for the Perseid Meteor Shower


Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower and pair skygazing this week with hands-on student science projects.

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Back to School with Science Buddies' Google Classroom Integration


Science Buddies' Google Classroom Integration allows teachers to more easily create and manage STEM assignments.

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Smart Plant Watering Science


Can you use simple home science to better water your plants and gardens and reduce water waste? Find out with a family science activity.

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Color Mixing and Family Physics


Put on a colorful nighttime light show to explore color mixing!

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Test Your Oven Temperature Using Sugar


Use sugar to test the accuracy of your oven's internal thermometer.

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Diabetic Alert Dogs and Your Breath


Study shows relationship between isoprene levels and blood glucose.

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Heat Domes and Cooling Science


Can you beat the heat with "cooling" science?

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Water Treatment Center Science


Model the process a water treatment plant uses to turn murky water into clear water.

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Pair Pokémon GO with a Classroom Cybersecurity Activity


Pair up Pokémon GO and a classroom cybersecurity activity.

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Toothbrush Robots at Home


Explore robotics design with a fun low-tech setup! How does the slant of toothbrush bristles affect the way a bristlebot-style robot moves?

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Bug and Insect STEM Roundup


Get hands-on this summer with bug, worm, or flying insect science!

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Binocular Vision Eye Science


In this family STEM activity, put your eyes to the test... alone and as a working unit!

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Fourth of July Science


Science that fits right in with summer celebrations--fireworks, water bottle rockets, and more!

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Make Your Own Kazoo


Make kazoos to explore how instruments work to make sound!

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Mastering Marinade Science


Experiment to better understand how marinades work.

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Solar Power Roundup


Hands-on STEM projects for K-12 students interested in alternative energy and the power of the Sun.

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Simple Machines and Potato Holes


Can you find the easiest way to drill holes in a raw potato?

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Sweet and Sour Tasty Kitchen Science


What balance of sweet and sour will taste best to your kitchen scientists? Mix up some kitchen chemistry fun to find out!

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DIY Family Circuit Science


Make a simple circuit and test everyday materials to see which ones are good conductors of electricity.

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Spark Creative STEM All Summer Long with Science Buddies Summer Camp


Put science on the calendar! Enroll your students in Science Buddies Summer Camp!

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Creative Science and Engineering for Kids


Exciting DIY and "maker"-style projects for creative kids.

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Wi-Fi Science: Boost Your Wireless Network


Poor Wi-Fi? Try a DIY science project that might make a big difference in your home Wi-Fi!

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Backyard Bird Science


Summer bird watching projects may help build and reinforce important science observation and recordkeeping skills.

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Clean Water and Aquifer Science


Is water that passes through layers of soil to an underground storage space filtered in the process?

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Magnetic Train Science


Customize a wooden train and explore the science behind the "magic" of a maglev train.

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Look Up: Bird and Astronomy Summer Reading


Summer reading to inspire young birders and young astronomers!

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Your Guide to Science Activities for Summer Break


Super science, technology, engineering, and math activities that kids can do at home during summer break.

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Spot the Dot Eye Science


Use colored paper and wax paper to explore eye science. Can you make a colored dot disappear?

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New Online Summer Science Camp!


Keep kids engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math with Science Buddies Summer STEM Camp!

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PPG Volunteers Help Science Buddies Improve Student Chromatography Project


A team of PPG volunteers helped test and improve a popular grape soda biotechnology project.

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Density Column Science


Explore density by making a colorful density column at home!

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Colorful STEM Projects for Summer Science Fun


Planning summer science? Check this list of bright and colorful STEM activities that are perfect for exciting hands-on science at home.

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Unleash the Engineer in You: Tackle Everyday Problems with STEM Projects


Can you fix or improve it? Hone your engineering skills with a wide range of projects that can be done as fun at-home DIY challenges.

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Mini Trebuchet Science


Explore physics and engineering with a homemade mini trebuchet!

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When a Dog "Nose" Best: Scent Science


Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Some breeds of dogs learn to perform specialized tasks, including helping monitor people with Type 1 Diabetes.

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Student Science for DNA Day


Explore genetics and genomics STEM projects for K-12 students.

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Citizen Science for Earth Day


Celebrate Earth Day with increased awareness of citizen science and the many opportunities that exist for families to contribute to global research.

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Environmental Education STEM Project Roundup!


Science Buddies has great ideas for hands-on science projects and activities students can do to learn more about environmental science.

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Quick and Dirty Science--Testing Laundry Detergents


A student investigates whether enzymes are the key to laundry stain removal.

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Food Fat Science


When it comes to fat in foods, certain kinds of fats are better for you than others. With this student food sciences project, students can see firsthand how the fats in foods compare.

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Celebrate National Robotics Week with Student Robotics


Our robotics engineering collection has great ideas to explore during National Robotics Week or any time!

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Build a BlueBot Guard Robot


Use the BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit to build a guard robot with a motion-detecting sensor.

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Best Practices Document Guides Out-of-School Programs Using Raspberry Pi Projects Kit


A new Best Practices document provides important insight and guidance for out-of-school programs using the kit.

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Sniffing Out the Science of Smell


Explore the human sense of smell with a collection of smelly science projects!

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Egg Science for K-12 Students


Eggs are full of science potential—no yolk joke!

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