Science At Play: Backyard Wilderness

As the weather warms and the days get longer, the yearly migration of humans from couch to yard begins anew. Hopefully you are enjoying time reviving your gardens, hiking some of CT’s many beautiful trails, or simply getting some fresh air. In spring, it feels like the whole world is waking up and coming out …

Enabling Student Thinking- From Home!

Whoa, so it might have felt like you blinked and your first few days of “homeschooling” have already flown by. If you’re anything like me, you might stop to think for a moment and realize that you really did not have a great plan going into this. One minute our kids were in school, daycare, …

Science At Play: Physics Tricks

Materials to Collect Smooth surface  Large container ½ full of water  Tray   Marker cap  Tablecloth with no seamed edge  Egg Try it! Tablecloth Trick: Set up your tablecloth under your large container of water on a smooth surface. You want a couple of inches of tablecloth to extend past the container on one side. Hold …

Science Sunday: Experiments to Try At Home, Outside

Happy Monday! Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy some fun science activities. We all know the sun is powerful, right? Today we want to show you just how powerful it can be, with two simple activities using materials you have in your home already. Watch the full Science Sunday video to …

Science At Play: Homemade Lava Lamp

Materials to Collect Empty clear bottle (any size, but 1 liter works well)  Water  Oil (vegetable or other liquid oil)  Food coloring  Oil-based food coloring (optional)   Glitter (optional)  Alka-Seltzer or other effervescent tablets Small light to place your lamp on (optional) Build it! Fill about 3/4 of your bottle with water (you can always add …

Science Sunday: Inertia

Scot Haney stepped in again this week on Science Sunday to talk about our favorite ‘i’ word, inertia. At the most basic level, inertia is simply how easy or hard it is to stop an object from moving. If we have 2 identically shaped wheels that weigh exactly the same, do you expect them to …

Brownie Mix: STEM with Toddlers

My daughter is freshly two. Like many parents, I’m trying to keep her open to a life in the sciences. To be honest, I’m also trying to keep her open to a life in the arts, literature, languages, historical perspective, emotional intelligence, and everything else… and of course, she mostly loves to play basketball. But …

Science Sunday: Homemade Confetti Launchers

Happy New Year! For the first Science Sunday of 2020, we decided to keep in the festive spirit by showing you how to make your own confetti launchers. The supplies are simple: an empty toilet paper tube, a balloon, and confetti. Leave a little bit of space at the end and stretch the balloon over …