‘Kudos’ Category

How to Make Chalkboard Slime

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Chalkboard slime

Need some super fun and unique slime projects for your kids? Try making slime out of chalk with this crazy recipe! Here’s how to make chalkboard slime that will keep your kids occupied for hours.

Create a Piece of Chalk Slime

You can start your adventure into chalk slime by making it a pseudo-blackboard. First, talk to your kids about the science behind the slime. The borate ions in slime activators, such as borax, mix with the polyvinyl-acetate in glue to form the stretchy and sticky substance you end up with. The entire process is called cross-linking.

Glue is a polymer that has long, identical strands of molecules. When you add the borate ions to the glue, it causes the long strands to tangle together until the glue isn’t a liquid or a solid — it’s slime.

What You Need

To make chalkboard slime for kids, you need:

  • Glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk markers
  • Bowl
  • Stirring spoon

How to Make It

1. Start by pouring your desired amount of glue into your bowl. Using more glue means you’ll end up with more slime.

2. Add in as much chalkboard paint as you want and stir it and the glue together with the stirring stick.

3. Use liquid starch as your activator and pour a little bit in at a time, stirring as you go. Continue to add liquid starch until the mixture feels slimy.

4. Knead the slime in the bowl with your hands.

5. Take the slime out of the bowl and use your hands or a rolling pin to lay it flat on the table.

6. Grab your chalk markers and write on the chalkboard slime. Get creative and make as many funny faces as you can!

Now Create a Piece of Chalk

You have the chalkboard, so now you just need a piece of chalk. Lucky for you, you can also make slime into a piece of chalk that you can use to draw on a piece of paper or even a real chalkboard.

What You Need:

  • Piece of chalk
  • Glue
  • Borax
  • Stirring spoon
  • Bowl
  • Paper

How to Make It

1. Pour as much glue as you want into a bowl.

2. Take your piece of chalk and use a cheese grater to grate it over the bowl.

3. Mix the grated chalk and the glue with a stirring spoon. The mixture may be a little chunky.

4. Add an activator, such as borax, a little bit at a time. Continue to mix each time you add more of the activator to the mixture.

5. Once the slime has a sticky consistency, knead it with your hands inside the bowl.

6. Grab a white piece of paper and start drawing on it or writing messages with your piece of slime chalk!

Make Science Fun

At Science Explorers, our goal is to make science fun and accessible to kids everywhere. You can help by talking to your kids about the science behind slime. You never know when one simple batch of chalkboard slime could create a lifelong love of science. Sign your kids up for our summer science camps and after-school science programs to get them even more involved in hands-on experiments full of fun and learning. Contact us today to learn more.


Science Shows Kids Love (to Learn From)

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Everyone knows the popular series “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which has introduced many a young person to the wonders of science. But as great as Nye is, there are a world of other worthy science-themed television shows that parents and teachers can use to spark their children’s interest and imagination.

Here are nine science TV programs kids will love, organized by the age of the kids they’re aimed at.

Best TV Shows for Preschool Kids

1. “Sid the Science Kid” (PBS)

Spiky-haired Sid and his buddies adore science, and each episode features the crew investigating the answer to some type of science-related question, such as why do bananas get brown. Kids and adults will also love the catchy “Sid” theme song.

2. “Earth to Luna” (Sprout)

Six-year-old Luna loves learning new things about the world she lives in. She helps to explain things that may seem like common sense to adults, such as how colors can mix to form new hues and where our planet is located in the solar system.

3. “Blaze and the Monster Machines” (Nickelodeon)

Eight-year-old A.J. and his monster truck, Blaze, go around the world while solving math and science problems, all the while battling Blaze’s archrival, the tractor-trailer Crusher. Any kid who likes “Thomas the Tank Engine” will love Blaze.

Best Shows for School-Age Kids

4. “Xploration Outer Space” (Fox)

Emily Calandrelli, a former NASA employee, makes space exploration fun and more accessible through her fact-finding trips throughout the universe. Kids also see how the scientific process works, as Calandrelli poses questions and finds the answers.

5.“Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab” (Netflix)

This animated series imagines that the famous inventor Thomas Edison also created a virtual version of himself, and he was uncovered by a super-smart, modern 12-year-old named Angie. The two of them team up with Angie’s friends to go on science-themed adventures.

6. “Jacques Cousteau’s Ocean Tales” (Online)

An animated version of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau leads his crew, which includes kids, on explorations under the sea. Since it plays out as more of a story and less of a documentary, the show will hold kids’ attention despite the scientific subject matter. It also teaches lessons about other cultures and ocean legends, which are fun for adults as well.

Best Shows for Older Kids

7. “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (Fox)

This miniseries aired in primetime a few years ago, but you can catch up online or on periodic rebroadcasts on National Geographic Channel. Hosted by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose excitement and joy about his chosen field is contagious, “Cosmos” travels across the universe to explore topics such as what’s the best design for a spaceship and why light is central to our existence.

8. “SciGirls” (PBS)

This show targets tween girls, aiming to keep them interested in STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The middle school girls investigate topics such as nutrition — think why is protein good for growing bodies? — and follows them as they find the answers, with a little assistance from adult scientists.

9. “Nova” (PBS)

The “Nova” documentary series is best suited to older kids who are looking for answers to specific questions. Each episode drills down in-depth into a central topic, such as what sky tombs are or how nuclear energy can help or hurt us.

Have a show your kids or students enjoy? We’d love to hear about it! Also, if you’re interested in learning about more ways to get your children excited about science feel free to check out our after school science programs and summer science camps.

Parent Testimonial

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

We wanted to share this great testimonial from a parent whose child attended our after-school clubs at General Wayne Elem.:

Overall club experience: Excellent!

Additional Comments:  The teacher was out-of-the-world AMAZING.  My son came home every day excited about science.  So many times he’s said he wants to become a scientist or an inventor– he loves having hands-on-projects and learning how things work.  There’s a way to encourage thinking and creativity, and the teacher has mastered that.  In 7 years the only other time I have seen him this excited is on Christmas morning.  Seriously.  He (and therefore I) love this series of classes.  Simply amazing, wonderful, fabulous.  Thank you so much for having them and getting such an amazing teacher.


Science Explorers is Proud to Present our Summer T-shirt Design Winner!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

July 26, 2011“If It’s not fun, we’re not doing it!”

“Jupiter” Jen with our T-shirt winner

 Science Explorers Announces winners of 2011 tshirt design contest ….

 Science Explorers recently held a design contest for their Summer Science Tshirt , 2011 season.

Many entries were received from campers ages 4-11 through the 7 counties in South eastern PA and Delaware.

“Science Explorers is happy to announce that approximately 4000 people will be wearing a Science Explorer T shirt designed by 8 year old, Science Explorer, Vincent Csercsevitz, of Norristown”.

“We change our designs every year as we get so many returning campers; we like to roll out new designs to keep it exciting and fun. This year, we thought it would be a great idea to let one of our campers share their talent and add their flare” stated CEO, Jennifer Moorehead or “Jupiter Jen” as she is known to the children. “We immediately loved Vincent’s design.” Added Moorehead, “all of our lessons are aligned to the National Science Standards but our motto is “If it’s not fun, we’re not doing it”;  we strive to keep it creative…Vincent’s design is a perfect representation of the fun we have at Science Explorers.”

Vincent received complimentary tshirts for his family and a week of camp valued at over 300.00. 2nd place winner, Juliana Straface, 8 years old of Kimberton, received a complimentary ½ day camp week and our 3rd place winner, Jessica Payne of Lancaster, Pa, received a whole box of science fun from Science Explorers. “We would like to thank everyone who participated in our contest this season” stated Moorehead, “it was a wonderful event that we are considering repeating in the future”

The proud Csercsevitz Family &
“Jupiter” Jen wearing Vincent’s T-Shirt

The Story of Science Explorers

Founded in 1999, Science Explorers aims to make science fun by providing innovative, inquiry based, learning opportunities for children ages 4-11 to engage in the wonders of science through after-school programs, camps, school assemblies, birthday parties and scout badge-earning events. Science Explorers programming can be found locally in 177 locations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as Delaware. Science Explorers has a non-profit leg called The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation, which offers programming to underprivileged children and provides scholarships through their mission. “To provide quality science education, regardless of socio economic situations”. If you want more information on Science Explorers programs in your area please check them out on the web at www.scienceexplorers.com or 877-870-9517.

Science Explorers & S.P.A.R.K.S in the Chester County Women’s Journal

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

There is a FUN-omenal article about Science Explorers, S.P.A.R.K.S and Jupiter Jen!

You can go to www.womensjournalcc.com and click on the digital edition. If you read the digital edition go to page 30 to start the 4 page highlight of the Science Explorers company, including the non-profit S.P.A.R.K.S Foundation and the history behind Jupiter Jen, Solar Sarah and three of our fantastic future scientists!

You can also read the shortened online version of the Science Explorers article or S.P.A.R.K.S Foundation article.