Monday, February 17, 2014
The Arizona SciTech Festival is in full swing, which means that for the next two months, we're in for over 500 science related events throughout the state of Arizona! Events during the SciTech Festival include science experiments and activity days, robots and rockets, lecture series, open houses at ASU and various state parks, and all sorts of science throughout the Valley!
We decided to kick off our SciTech adventures at one of our favorite places in Phoenix, the Burton Barr branch of the Phoenix Public Library! We showed up on Wednesday to check out their Paper Engineering workshops.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Did you know that there is a place where your kids can learn about animals, how to take care of them, and get a behind the scenes look at the life of a zookeeper? The Phoenix Zoo offers an incredible lineup of classes for kids of all ages, where they can learn about veterinary practices, animal relationships and behavior, adaptations and bio-mimicry, habitats and conservation, and so much more!
With their Keeper for A Day, Nature Explorers, Breakfast with the Animals, and their Zoology classes for kids, the Phoenix Zoo is a wonderful place to for animal science. Not only can your kids learn directly from the people who take care of them, but they can also get some exclusive behind the scenes experiences with the animals themselves!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Alright! So you've just bought you and your kids a brand new microscope, and you've already blown through the prepared slides they came with. Now what can you do? How in the heck do you take care of this thing? Are you supposed to clean it? What should you look at next? How can you enjoy this tool of scientific wonder to the fullest, and really get a great view of the tiny world of microscopic life all around you?
Let's begin by taking a look at how to care for your microscope...
Monday, December 23, 2013
On the eleventh day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me...
A column of Christmas density!
1. Tall glass or vase (we used a cylindrical vase)
2. Food coloring
3. Objects of various weights to be added to your column! We used glittery Christmas decorations, a bottle cap, a birthday candle, a lump of clay, a bead, and a popcorn kernel.
4. Liquids of various densities!
On the tenth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me...
Scientific Paper Snowflakes!
Snowflakes can come in many shapes and sizes. They're formed in clouds, when the temperatures fall below freezing. The shape and size depends on many factors, including: temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind currents, even dirt and dust particles!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
On the Ninth Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me...
Borax crystal ornaments for our tree!
1. 20 Mule Team Borax
2. Pipe Cleaners
3. Clean jar (mason jar or other wide mouthed jar)
4. 1/4 cup of hot tap water
5. Almost boiling water
8. Safety Goggles
Friday, December 20, 2013
On the eighth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me...
Candy Cane Elephant Toothpaste!
This is one of our favorite chemistry demos and it just so happens to be perfect for this time of year! Coming to us from our friend Science Bob, this is a super fun and messy project you can do with your kids to explore chemistry!