Thursday, April 17, 2014

Let's Take A Trip Through The Cardiovascular System!

Check it out, we made a heart!

For the past two weeks, Kat and I have been learning about the cardiovascular system and how it works to keep our body alive and healthy. We've done some really great projects to demonstrate how the heart works, and we've even dissected a pig heart in our home! All of this will culminate into a visit with the American Red Cross, where we will learn more about human anatomy relating to the circulatory system, Kat will learn some basic CPR, and I will donate a pint of blood to the Red Cross!

In this post, I'll talk about how the heart works, and share some of the wonderful projects we've been working on as we learned about the heart!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nick and Tesla's Robo Kitty Dog Distractor!

My daughter loves to read. Ever since she entered the world of chapter books and young novels, her voracious appetite for reading has been nearly unstoppable! Favorite books have been read and reread dozens of times, and I'm always looking for something new to sate her interests.

It came to my attention that one of our favorite TV Scientists, Science Bob had written a kids novel with Steve Hockensmith called "Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab!". It's about two kids named Nick and Tesla who get involved in some pretty crazy adventures, and they use the power of science to navigate through them! We absolutely adore Science Bob, and his book looked amazing! I couldn't wait to get a copy for Kat. I asked Science Bob if he could send us a copy and much to our delight, he did! He sent us an autographed copy and even included this awesome girl power (with the periodic table!) shirt for Kat!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Adventures at the Arizona SciTech Festival: Hacking and Crafting!

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

Getting Wild With Science at the Phoenix Zoo!

Let's take a behind the scenes look at the Phoenix Zoo!

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

You've Got A New Microscope!

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

The Twelve Days of Science! Day 11: Christmas Density Column!

On the eleventh day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me...

A column of Christmas density!

Materials Needed:

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!

The Twelve Days of Science! Day 10: Scientific Paper Snowflakes!

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!