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Science Sunday: Chemical Reactions

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 7.20.20

Today we are talking all about chemical reactions. There are so many different experiments you can try to explore chemical reactions, and today we are going to show you some of our favorites. Can you think of some classic chemical reactions? How about a baking soda and vinegar volcano? Explore this chemical reaction and more …

How Scientists Light the Way

Blog Author:  Nick Villagra On 7.17.20

For a lot of people, scientific discoveries can feel like wizardry, involving mind-boggling and high-tech apparatuses that only a chosen few know how to devise and operate.  Over dinner one night, my mom confessed to being among those baffled by how scientists can figure out with any certainty aspects of nature so far beyond the …

Take 10: Inquiry Through Play

Blog Author:  Becky Fahey On 7.16.20

Last month we shared with you a post written by one of our professional learning specialists about the use of inquiry at home to learn science. As a continuation of that conversation, he is an article highlighting the importance of Play on inquiry. This is helpful for those of you on double time with kids …

Tool School: Saws 101

Blog Author:  Bryan Avery On 7.15.20

Renovators, makers, inventors, and anyone who desires the pure unbridled satisfaction of doing it yourself, this is the blog for you. Here we will be taking a closer look at some of the tools that help you create all those Pinterest projects you’ve been saving. Are these tools dangerous? Yes! Do they multiply your effort …

Science At Play: Static Electricity

Blog Author:  Andrew Fotta & Aoife Ryle On 7.14.20

We are starting with an experiment I’m sure many of you have tried before. What happens to your hair when you rub a balloon on your head? That’s right, your hair sticks to the balloon and you might get a kinda crazy hairstyle. That is an example of static electricity. Today we are going to …

Science Sunday: Making Water Clocks

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 7.13.20

We are building a water clock with you today on Science Sunday. For most of human history, water clocks were the way we kept time. There are records of water clocks dating back to 400 BC in China, all the way up to about the 17th century when pendulum clocks were invented. Today, we are …

Science At Play: I’ve Got A Crush On You

Blog Author:  Andrew Fotta On 7.10.20

Let’s start with one of Samantha’s legendary jokes: What did the soda can say when he got all the answers right on his math test? (I’ll give you a hint, it has to do with our experiment today) He said “I CRUSHED it.” Today we are going to show you how you can crush a …

Science At Play: Conductors and Insulators

Blog Author:  Kate Saulsbery & Andrew Fotta On 7.9.20

We are trying to solve a little bit of a mystery today, can you help us? I have brought in two squares that appear to be identical. They are the same shape, the same color, the same thickness, so our initial thought is that they are the same material, correct? Well as scientists, we need …