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Sizzling Summer Science


Sand Castle Image; BigStockBeat summer "brain drain" by encouraging your students to dive into exciting, hands-on summer science explorations that keep them asking questions and using important academic skills--while having fun!

 

We've posted a round-up of Project Ideas and science activities on the blog that are great for summer science. Here are just a few of our summer picks:


Summer Highlights

 

Roller coaster; BigStock Roller Coasters and Marble Runs
Crank up the summer energy with an exploration of the physics and engineering that make roller coasters thrilling and marble runs amazing.
 

Summer Reading Summer Reading List 
Daily reading is especially important during the summer when school is out. Check our list of popular science titles for super "summer read" suggestions  for older readers and adults. From poisons and plants to kitchen chemistry and radioactivity, there's plenty to explore!
  

Cartoon Science
Students who love the graphic novel format may enjoy science-themed manga and cartoon titles that put core science concepts at the heart of the story. We've got suggestions for comic-format science for your manga fans. 


Dinner TalkDinner Table Talk  
Time together at the table is a great opportunity to talk about science. From nuggets of science history to news morsels and trivia facts, we have suggestions for putting science on your family's dinner menu

 

"I love sparkles, rocks, and science, so I decided to grow crystals in three different temperatures to see what temperature they were largest and purest in. I grew them with Borax, and I got to learn about crystal formations, saturated solutions, and chemistry."
Anna, fourth grade, Bryant, AR 
Your Science: Growing Crystals

Interested in exploring crystals this summer with your family? Try one of these hands-on activities:  



Have a family science tip or summer science activity to share? We would love to hear!
Email us a short summary (one to three sentences) and let us know how you and your family explore science together.

Learn Video Game Design
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Gamestar Mechanic Summer Video Game Design Course Video game science projects can be a great way for students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). During the school year, a growing number of students develop video games for local science fairs and competitions like the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

The new Gamestar Mechanic four-week online summer program lets students dive into platform, action, and adventure video game design as they create their own games and receive mentoring from industry pros. Course assignments require three to five hours a week, making the course easy to fit in with other summer activities. Four-week sessions begin in July. Register now.


Summer Surfing? Review Your Online Strategies
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If summer fun finds you and your family spending more time online, be sure you have solid Internet privacy and security strategies in place. Our Internet Safety Guide and the Family Online Safety Guide, developed by Symantec, can help you evaluate your family's online habits. (Science Buddies resources in computer science are sponsored by the Symantec Corporation.)

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