Create Your Own Lava Lamp

July 6th, 2018

Lava lamps are the epitome of 1970s cool. You may have had one in your own room growing up as a kind of throwback to the era of disco and bell bottoms. But did you ever think about the science behind the lava lamp? It gets the pretty colors and bubbles from the reaction between the water and oil. Oil has a lower density than water, allowing it to sit on top of the water. The density of the coloring...

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Learning About Surface Tension: Color Changing Milk

June 8th, 2018

What is surface tension? It’s the tension in a liquid’s surface film, which takes up the least amount of space possible because of the fluid’s elasticity. The cohesion of liquid molecules keeps the surface of liquid placid and still. The particles in the liquid will adhere to each other more tightly than other things, hence creating the tension. Of course, trying to explain surface tension to kids in a language they can understand is a much greater challenge. It’s easier to have...

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Rubber Egg Experiment for Kids

May 22nd, 2018

Have you ever heard of a naked egg experiment?  It’s a trick involving dissolving eggshells — one of those fun kitchen experiments that feels almost absurd to call a lesson. Everyone will want to take part in this cool activity. Why do a rubber egg experiment? It’s a great way to teach kids about the different parts of an egg, what their functions are, and how a chemical reaction works. So gather your supplies and get ready for a scientific...

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Guide to Teaching Children About the States of Matter

May 4th, 2018

Many of us have experienced that existential “wow, science!” moment in adulthood. It may have occurred while watching an ice cube melt in the sun. Suddenly, it dawns on us that the ice is actually made of crystalline water molecules, that they are absorbing light from a star 93 million miles away, and that it’s causing them to wiggle excitedly until they slide off the ice cube. The colossus of scientific knowledge behind even this simple process can be overwhelming,...

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Tornado in a Bottle Experiment

April 5th, 2018

Tornadoes are violent winds that create a funnel underneath a storm system. As the winds rotate, they often pick up speed, and eventually, they form what is called a funnel cloud — a column of water droplets, dust and other debris with a tapered shape extending from the base of a thunderstorm. This is a pretty weighty concept to explain to kids, though. It’s much easier to simply let kids observe a tornado, seeing how the winds move and what...

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Teaching Science to Different Learning Styles

March 7th, 2018

Most successful teachers are personally invested in their students’ success. The best are instructional chameleons, changing colors and adapting to each unique situation. No two students are alike, both in terms of personality and learning style. As a result, no single teaching style is going to be effective in all situations. Further complicating the issue is the fact that each academic subject also tends to have a specific style of instruction that works best. Anyone who thinks teaching is easy...

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Getting Kids Interested in STEM

February 2nd, 2018

What’s your child’s favorite subject in school? The common answer is recess or PE, but science, math and other STEM-related subjects aren’t often cited as favorites. Changing how kids feel about STEM can make a world of difference as they move through elementary school and into middle school, high school and college. Learn how to get your kids into science to reap the benefits down the road. What Is STEM? Before we dive too far into how to get kids...

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How to Teach Kids About Pollution

January 3rd, 2018

With climate change continuing to be a hot topic, many parents and teachers are trying to figure out how to teach kids about pollution. It’s important for children to know about it because when they’re familiar with what it is, knowledgeable about its consequences and informed about how they can reduce or eliminate their own carbon footprints, they can help prevent it. What Pollution Is Put simply, pollution is anything that’s introduced into the environment that has the potential to...

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Space Food

December 4th, 2017

Have you ever asked yourself, “What do astronauts eat in space?” If so, you’re not alone. When you visit a science center, it’s not unusual to see kids — and some adults — walking around with astronaut ice cream and a few other astronaut foods because they’re curious about what’s eaten in space. Today, the food astronauts eat in space is remarkably similar to what people eat on Earth, although you won’t find cookies or bread on the menu. That’s...

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Think Like a Scientist: Teaching the Scientific Method to Kids

November 9th, 2017

If you’re wondering how to teach kids to think like a scientist, the solution is pretty simple — teach them the scientific method. While that may seem easy on the surface, introducing the scientific method for kids in a way that will make the scientific method stick in their minds is often challenging. Merriam-Webster defines the scientific method as follows: “Principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of...

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