Science Buddies Blog (39 results)
December 8, 2016 2:00 PM
If giving kids something "to do" is a tradition in your house, consider the multi-use BlueBot robotics kit. With multiple projects and guided directions at Science Buddies, the BlueBot Kit offers plenty of enriching robotics engineering fun to last the entire winter break and beyond!
One Kit, Four Robots
The BlueBot 4-in-1 Robotics Kit comes with the electronics parts kids need to build four different robots, each with its own sensor-driven behavior.…
December 2, 2016 6:34 PM
Fourth in the series of BlueBot projects using the BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit, the Obstacle-Avoiding Robot borrows some engineering design properties from cats and other whiskered animals. How can whiskers and bump sensors help a BlueBot avoid running into things?
The obstacle-avoiding BlueBot robot is one of four core sensor-based robots students can build with the BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit. For more information about this and other projects…
November 14, 2016 5:30 PM
The new Sugar Metabolism Kit from the Science Buddies Store enables students to conduct hands-on science projects related to sugars and the human body.
Enabling Student Science
The human body inspires a great number of questions for students. It can be challenging, however, for students to devise procedures for meaningful experiments related to biochemical processes that do not require human testing or sophisticated laboratory equipment. With…
October 26, 2016 1:00 PM
Many students doing a Veggie Power experiment use potatoes or lemons, but students can experiment with pumpkins, squash, and more!
Pumpkin Power! Explore alternative energy and electronics with the Veggie Power kit -- and a pumpkin (or other fruits and vegetables). Hands-on STEM with Science Buddies.
Pumpkin Patch Science
With Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin-based science can be a fun way to get hands-on during science class or at home. With…
October 21, 2016 8:30 PM
Build your own Halloween-inspired robots as a class, after-school, or family robotics activity!
Halloween Robots! Use craft materials and creativity to build simple vibrating robots. Fun introductory robotics activity! Hands-on STEM with Science Buddies. www.sciencebuddies.org
Simple Robots Offer Multi-level Exploration
Robots can be incredibly complex and sophisticated in both design and function. But all you need to make a simple vibrating robot (a…
June 8, 2016 3:30 PM
DIY maglev train science project puts kids on track for creative summer science learning.
Above: part of the fun with the maglev train science project is decorating the train. Kids can paint the wooden train however they like. Stickers, googly eyes, permanent markers—a magic train deserves special attention from the creative kid department!
Engineers of all ages love a great wooden train! With the Build a Floating Maglev Train project, young…
April 4, 2016 8:00 AM
With the BlueBot: 4-in-1 Robotics Kit, students can build four different robots using the same core BlueBot chassis. The first robotics project in the BlueBot series is the Guard Robot, a protective robot with a motion-detecting sensor.
The BlueBot kit can be used to build four different robots, each of which uses a different sensor and a different circuit on top of the core BlueBot chassis.
The Guard Robot circuit makes use of a passive infrared…
March 17, 2016 6:33 PM
With the Candy Chromatography chemistry project and kit, students can explore the colors of dye that make up favorite candy coatings. What dyes will appear when you do this experiment with green candies? Are the results the same for all green candies? This is fun, colorful, and visually clear hands-on science for K-12 students!
Compare the dyes in candles and food coloring using chromatography. www.sciencebuddies.org
Paper Chromatography for…
March 1, 2016 7:37 PM
Eighty sixth grade students put what they had learned about circuits into action when they worked in teams to build ArtBots in science class. After building their robots, these students had fun experimenting to see how changing the engineering design of an ArtBot changes the kind of art the robot creates.
Above: Students in Nicole Johnson's class with a poster they made showing different pieces of "art" created by their ArtBot when testing and comparing the ArtBot…
January 27, 2016 4:02 PM
With the Electrolyte Challenge science kit and project, students analyze the electrolytes in various sports drinks and juices. How does simple orange juice stand up to the electrolyte boost in sports drinks?
With its combination of electronics and chemistry, the Electrolyte Challenge is a popular student science project at Science Buddies. Using a simple circuit and a sensor made from a straw and a bit of bare wire, students can investigate the…
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