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Bugman Education Science on the Shelves - Fun with Flour Download this page as an activity sheet (pdf, 79KB). In this activity, you can: Please follow any safety instructions highlighted like this in red. Before trying out any of these recipes you should have a responsible adult on hand and this will probably be the person whose kitchen you are using! You'll notice that there's often a version that requires cooking and one that doesn't. Flour and water glue, cooked Boil 5 cups of water in a pan. Allow to cool before using. You can make a thicker glue (that has the benefit of drying more quickly) by using 1 whole cup of flour to every 3 cups of water. Flour paste, uncooked Mix 1/2 cup white flour and 2/3 cup water together to a paste with a creamy consistency. Paint, cooked Heat 1 cup of flour and 2 cups of water gently in a pan over a low heat with constant stirring until thickened. Play dough, cooked First, you'll need to assemble the following ingredients: Play dough, uncooked Salt and water dough, uncooked Go back to the start of this activity.

Challenge: Robots! - National Geographic Society The goal of Challenge: Robots! is to expose students to exciting careers in engineering, focused specifically on the area of robotics. It is a browser-based game that challenges students to take on the role of an engineer at RoboWorks, a robotics factory. Students undergo orientation and training exercises in the form of fun, self-directed challenges. Through these engaging and fast-paced activities, students learn important concepts about the engineering process (a series of steps that engineering teams use to guide them as they solve problems), as well as the main parts of a robot, how those parts change with the problem the robot is intended to solve, and basic robotics programming. Virginia Living Museum - Explore Plants and Animals of Virginia The Virginia Living Museum is home to more than 250 species of animals and plants found throughout Virginia including reptiles, mammals, birds and fish. With its rivers and waterfalls, mountains and sandy coast, Virginia has an array of wildlife ranging from the extremely rare red wolf to jellyfish. The Chesapeake Bay is the world’s richest marine-life estuary. Virginia’s Plants Experience the largest collection of native plants in Virginia here at the Virginia Living Museum. Learn more about Virginia’s plants on our Plants page. Virginia’s Amphibians You can see both aquatic and terrestrial frogs and salamanders at the Virginia Living Museum, including the largest salamander, the eastern hellbender, and the wood frog, which is known for its ability to tolerate freezing. Learn more about Virginia’s amphibians on our Animals page. Virginia’s Aquatic Life The Virginia Living Museum is home to more than 100 species of fish and aquatic invertebrates. Virginia’s Mammals Virginia’s Birds

NASA Earth Observatory : Home What Causes the Northern and Southern Lights Today I found out what causes the Northern and Southern Lights (aurora borealis and aurora australis respectively). Simply put, these lights are caused by very fast moving electrons striking atoms in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, primarily oxygen and nitrogen atoms which make up most of our atmosphere. When this happens, it can put these atoms in an excited state. During the process with which they return to their normal state, they emit this excess energy in the form of visible photons. So where do these fast moving electrons come from? This current ends up creating a fairly unstable state in the magnetosphere. Bonus Facts: The most common aurora is a green-ish / yellow color. Occasionally, auroras have been observed as far south as Florida. Expand for References:

Oliver Jeffers World - The Penguin WorldWideScience Given that they''re all dried grapes, what makes sultanas, raisins and currants different from each other? | Notes and Queries Given that they're all dried grapes, what makes sultanas, raisins and currants different from each other? Geraint Owen, Bodffordd Wales The variety of the grape, and its relative maturity when it was dried. Kathy, Welwyn Garden City Sultanas are seedless and from white grape varieties. Raisins have seeds and are from red grape varieties. Add your answer

The Carnegie Cyber Academy - An Online Safety site and Games for Kids News and Information for Geology & Earth Science Teachers & Parents - Fun Activities for All Topics - Kids' Science Challenge: Fun Educational National Competition! Download these cool science project activities, with instructions you can follow at home or for your science fair project! Space Cafe How would you create a system to hold together one complete meal in space? Upside-Down Food Science How can astronauts swallow in zero gravity? What Rot! Can you find ways to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer? Play this fun online game! Animal Flip Book What kinds of tools do animals use to solve problems? Crow Creativity Can you solve a problem as creatively as a crow? Memory Challenge Is your short-term memory as good as a chimp’s? Pet Smart Toys How can you challenge your pet so they’ll get to use their animal smarts? Egg Drop Challenge Can you design a package that keeps an egg from breaking when it is dropped from 10 feet in the air? Label It What’s the best way to promote your product? Protector of the Planet Can you follow the three R’s and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle? Oobleck What’s both a liquid and a solid, very messy and fun to play with?

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