Highlighting the Helpers: Educators Edition

These days, educators are working double-time to teach in new ways while balancing their own new normal. We’re all missing the personal connections, and educators are no exception,  finding new and creative ways to keep close from a distance. From supporting colleagues with messages of hope to creating ways to engage students at home, here …

Science Sunday: Homemade Bath Bombs

 Materials to Collect 1 cup baking soda ½ cup citric acid ½ cup Epsom salt 1 tsp water 3 tsp oil (olive oil, coconut oil, whatever oil you prefer) 2 mixing bowls Molds (cookie cutters, plastic eggs, whatever you can think of!) Optional: essential oils, food coloring   Make it! Mix the baking soda, …

Science Behind Science Fiction: The Physics of Star Wars

Ahhh, Star Wars, arguably one of the most popular movie franchises in history. Even if you are among the three or so people on the planet who have never seen a Star Wars film, you probably still know who Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, or Han Solo are. Who didn’t love seeing the Millenium Falcon jump …

Your Very First Stargazing Trip

When we’re asked to make observations of nature, sometimes it feels like a quiz.  What am I supposed to be seeing?  If you go out stargazing, you might be pressured to find and name all the constellations, and recognizing constellations can feel equivalent to saying “I see a kangaroo in the clouds!”  I’ll admit—I don’t …

Science At Play: Make Your Own Lung Model

The lungs are respiratory organs that are vital to the breathing process and necessary to acquire life-giving oxygen. Learn how your lungs work by using simple materials from around your house to build a model lung.  Your family and friends are bound to be amazed by this awesome model and your knowledge of how lungs …

Science At Play: Fun Sensory Play Recipes

It is definitely fun to get messy and play with squishy, moldable sensory items like doughs and slime. The two we have to share with you today are some of the simplest to make and provide hours of enjoyment for all ages. Plus, they can be stored in airtight containers and reused again later! Cloud …

Experiencing Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed- The Maya Calendar

The Maya people had many innovative and defining practices and structures that helped their civilization flourish. The Maya had a numeric system, games, aqueducts, and even a calendar to tell time. The calendar that the Maya used looks very different in comparison to the 12 month Gregorian Calendar that we use. The Mayan Calendar consists …

Science At Play: Coding at Home

Sitting down in front of a computer to embark on your first coding adventure can sound like the beginning of an epic journey to some; to others it’s a terrifying leap into the unknown. I am here to tell you that it’s both. Learning to code is a lot like learning to cook. Sometimes you …