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August 22, 2014 4:40 PM
Above: The Brushbot is one of the three robots kids can build using the Bristlebot Kit from the Science Buddies Store. A brand new Bristlebot Kit launched today in the Science Buddies Store. With this new kit, students can experiment with three styles of introductory robots and learn more about robotics engineering. The kit has been specially designed to make building the robots easier for students to do independently—and fun! The new Bristlebot Kit contains components for use… Read more
May 27, 2014 7:38 PM
Explore the amounts of vitamin C in different types of orange juice with a chemistry-based science project. To investigate the science question above regarding quantities of Vitamin C in different kinds of juices or drinks, see the following resources and projects: Which Orange Juice Has the Most Vitamin C? Orange Juice Titration Kit Titration Tutorial: Tips & Tricks for Titrating For additional Science Buddies Project Ideas involving titration,… Read more
March 26, 2014 4:00 PM
Improvements in the Science Buddies Crystal Radio Kit make building a crystal radio a science project students may enjoy for the school science fair or just as an independent electronics experiment—no batteries required! Our scientists have worked to improve the kit and procedure for the best student science experience. Above: photos taken during a student crystal radio project experiment using the Build a Crystal Radio kit from Science Buddies. … Read more
March 10, 2014 7:30 PM
Renewable energy is hiding in places you might not think to look! For a glimpse into the future of power generation, experiment with a microbial fuel cell. By Kim Mullin Ask anyone about sources of renewable energy, and they are likely to mention solar power, wind power, or perhaps even geothermal power. Hydro (or water) power, too, may come up, but when you talk about water as a renewable energy source, you probably are talking about energy… Read more
February 27, 2013 4:45 PM
A biotechnology kit from Bio-Rad Laboratories introduces young scientists to the world of biochemistry. In this fun science activity, kids can extract their own DNA, examine it without a microscope, and create a pendant containing their DNA—the ultimate item for cool-but-geeky show and tell! By Kim Mullin With a fun science kit from Bio-Rad Laboratories, you and your students can extract DNA—and then preserve it in a cool necklace. This is hands-on science that is sure to be… Read more
February 19, 2013 6:00 PM
Do you use a package's nutritional information when making food choices? Can you trust the accuracy of the information? Nutritional content requirements are becoming more widespread, but the information on a label or a restaurant brochure may or may not be correct. Students can learn more about nutrition and explore the kinds of science involved in analyzing a food's nutritional composition by holding favorite foods to the fire, literally! Which foods offer the most chemical energy for the… Read more
February 1, 2013 6:00 PM
Ask an engineer if she has ever built a crystal radio, and chances are you will get a story—one with all the makings of a classic when it comes to garage engineering and adolescence. Students often build a crystal radio as a first step in engineering and electronics—or as a middle school science fair project. If they have questions or need assistance troubleshooting their "set," they may be lucky enough to get assistance from Rick Marz, a seasoned engineer with an enduring affinity… Read more
December 4, 2012 5:46 PM
When it comes to customizing robots, the spirit of innovation is alive and well in afterschool programs around the country. Extracurricular engineering and robotics clubs may provide a welcome outlet and important mentoring for students. From brainstorming designs to nuts and bolts building to learning how to integrate servo motors and computer programming, robotics projects capitalize on a student's love of tinkering—with the possibility of a clear reward in the end, a bot that does… Read more
September 28, 2012 4:00 PM
Americans spend billions on cosmetics every year. Who creates and tests all of these shampoos and lotions? Cosmetic chemists! By Kim Mullin Emma Sesar was surrounded by science fair attendees last Spring as she handed out samples of the lip balms she developed as part of her science project. Why was Emma Sesar surrounded by groups of young girls at her school science fair? Lip balm samples! For her sixth-grade science project, Emma chose the "Lotions and Potions: Lessons in… Read more
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