Monday, April 18, 2016

Earth Day Under Pressure!

You can catch us on Channel 12's Arizona Midday on Monday, April 18th from 12:30-1:30 as we demonstrate the crushing power of air pressure on live television! 
Happy Earth Day!
Image Credit: CC Kate Ter Haa Flickr

Every year around Earth Day, my daughter and I try to come up with ways to help protect the environment, with a big focus on the Three R's, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! We've held Earth Day Parades, toured recycling facilities, and have built a model town for Katie's toys out of recycled materials! This year, we wanted to spend Earth Day thinking about our atmosphere, and exploring some of the more interactive properties of it. Namely.... air pressure!

Every day, we sort our trash into recycling. We go through a lot of aluminum cans in our house, as we all enjoy sparkling water. I crush these cans every day, and one day I got to thinking, what if I could crush these cans, not with my hands, but with AIR? Thus, our Earth Day experiments were born!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Earth Day Review: Climate Change and Renewable Energy!

This is a review of the coolest books I've ever seen on climate science for kids! We did some incredible experiments (crushing cans and experimenting with dry ice!) that you can find at the end of this post. 

Our Spaceship Earth, hurtling through the Milky Way.
Image Credit: CC Pexels

How would you feel if you had to spend your whole life hurtling through space, with all of your food, water, air, and general supplies limited to what you could find or make on your ship? That's the premise of Erin Twamley's and Joshua Sneideman's activity books, Climate Change: Discover How it Impacts Spaceship Earth, and Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the FutureWritten by educators within the Department of Energy, these are both power packed books on climate change, citizen involvement, and a lot of fun for kids!
These are hands down some of the coolest Earth Science books I’ve ever seen! We begin on Spaceship Earth, which immediately brings to the mind a space station filled with the food, water, oxygen, and other supplies you would need to survive. Everything you need to thrive is on the ship, and while there is a cycle of energy to replenish your supplies, if anything were to happen to the delicate balances operating your ship, you might just find yourself doomed to the cold grips of space!