Saturday, July 26, 2014

TV for kids: Science, Engineering, and Technology, with Annedroids!

What if your kids had a full yard of parts, tools, and laboratory space at their disposal? What it anything they could dream of would be right at their fingertips, if they could just find a way to engineer them into reality? Sinking Ship Entertainment's new TV show Annedroids has a new take on the 3 musketeer group of friendships, and these kids have just that!

Image Credit: Scientific American

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sweet Science: Strawberry DNA Extraction Lab!

Science at the park! A DNA Extraction lab on a crisp fall day.
Photo Credit: Alex Gregory, ASU Photojournalism student

One of our favorite biology labs to do is the DNA Extraction Lab. We've been doing this activity since my daughter was 4 years old, and it is a fantastic and fun way to get a closer look at the tiny world inside of us!

DNA exists inside of every single cell in our bodies, as well as every living cellular organism (that we know of) on Earth. You can think of DNA as the "code" that lets our cells know what job they have, and what category of tissues they belong to. Some cells are coded to be a part of our eyes, while others are coded to be a part of our muscle tissue. Every cell is encoded with DNA, even red blood cells, bacteria cells, and skin cells! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dancing in Rainbows: Blasting Off In Light and Space!

Lately we've been spending a lot of time learning about the planets in our solar system, and thinking about the universe at large. New star systems are being discovered all the time, and it seems like every few months, we're hearing about another new Earth-like planet! We have some ideas as to what the atmospheres may be like on these planets, and we know a lot about what makes up the planets and moons in our own solar system. The big question we had was, if we haven't been to these planets and other terrestrial bodies, how on Earth do we know what they're made of?

How do we know what's out there?
Image Credit: CC Wikipedia

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!