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15 Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Kids

15 Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Kids
by Therese Oneill Time to get messy, light some stuff on fire, and use food products in ways they were never intended! Parents and teachers across the internet have found fun ways to teach kids science, and have documented the experiments for the rest of us. 1. Fun Quotient: A much less stinky take on the trusty vinegar and baking soda eruptions. Teaches: The baking soda base and the citric acid create an endothermic reaction while releasing carbon dioxide in bubble form. 2. Fun Quotient: Holy crud—you’re burning money! Teaches: Combustion, or what a fire likes to eat. 3. Fun Quotient: It makes pretty rocks you can eat! Teaches: Water evaporates, the sugar crystals don’t. 4. Fun Quotient: They get to use sharp things and electricity, which is Frankenstein-level cool. Teaches: Electromagnets are everywhere. 5. Fun Quotient: Invisible ink! Teaches: Good old oxidation. 6. Fun Quotient: Like walking on hot coals, but somehow more naughty! Teaches: Structure matters. 7. 8. 9. 10. Related:  Elementary STEMScience

For Educators - Curriculum Asteroid Landers Students will be part of Girlstart's 1st ALL-GIRL Mission to create a vehicle to land and collect minerals on an asteroid. Girlstart and NASA need help coming up with an asteroid lander design. Download the Asteroid Lander Mission here. Circuits Students create circuits that use buzzers to transfer electrical energy into sound energy. Download the Matter and Energy Circuit Messages Module here. Go Green Helping students understand their environmental impact by learning about different physical properties of plastics. Download the Plastic Pollution in the Ocean Activity here. Download the Plastic Rescue Mission handout here. Miner Rescue Prototype Students learn about the Chilean miner incident and design a prototype for a piece of equipment that is sturdy and safe to allow for the most efficient rescue. Download the Miner Rescue Prototype Activity here. Prosthetic Prototype Students will act as a biomedical engineer to help design a prosthetic prototype. Wind Energy Board Games

The Best 100 Science Experiments - MacDiarmid Institute The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with (what was previously) The New Zealand Teachers Council and NZEI Te Riu Roa run regularly scheduled competitions to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in this “Experiment Bank”. Here you will find resources for teachers and students for a great range of experiments. The competition will run again this year, with 100 experiments being the end goal. Nature of Science is the overarching, unifying strand of the New Zealand Science Curriculum. Physical World The physical world strand provides explanations for a wide range of physical phenomena, including light, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, forces, and motion, united by the concept of energy, which is transformed from one form to another without loss. Physical World Experiments: Sandwich Bag Magic Cricket Stump Pulleys Straw Flutes Rainbow Milk Ice Babies

Science for Kids Search Properties Everywhere Pre-K-2 This lesson captures students’ interest, provides a review of the primary unit objectives, and assesses students’ prior knowledge. Button Trains In this lesson, students describe order by using vocabulary such as before, after, and between. How Many Buttons? In this lesson, students review classification, make sets of a given number, explore relationships between numbers, and find numbers that are one more and one less than a given number. More and More Buttons Students use buttons to create, model, and record addition sentences. Numbers Many Ways Students work with subtraction at the intuitive level as they explore number families and ways to decompose numbers to 10. Lost Buttons In this lesson and the following one, students investigate subtraction more directly, beginning with the easier “take away” mode. Shirts Full of Buttons Students explore subtraction in the comparative mode by answering questions of “How many more?” Looking Back and Moving Forward

Welcome to Virtual Incredible Science! • Incredible Science Online The activities you find on this website have been created by each of our schools and departments: The School of Biological SciencesThe School of Chemical SciencesThe Department of Computer ScienceThe School of EnvironmentThe Institute of Marine ScienceThe Department of MathematicsThe Department of PhysicsThe School of PsychologyThe Department of Sport and Exercise ScienceThe Department of Statistics Having so many schools and departments doing amazing scientific research means it is easy to show you one of the coolest things about science – it is everywhere! Whether we’re talking about your favourite website, the colour your mum dyes her hair or why your feet get smelly, if you look behind the scenes of almost anything, you will find science in the answer. Explore the website – we hope you love it as much as we do. E whakahīhī ana te Wāhanga Pūtaiao ki Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau, ki te whakaatu i a Pūtaiao Mīharo Kē Ao Mariko 2013, ki a koutou!

For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities [Update - 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works. Now you can do science at home with a $10 DIY smartphone microscope stand. If you’ve got the required tools handy, it should only take about 20 minutes to build the microscope stand. Also, if you’re into home science projects enough to want your own microscope, building the stand yourself is probably just an added bonus. (via BoingBoing, image via kmyoshino) Meanwhile in related links

Tick Bait's Universe LITE Version on the App Store Ten Websites for Science Teachers We all know that the web is full of excellent web resources for science teachers and students. However, unless you live on the web, finding the best websites can become quite a challenge. This isn't a "Top Ten" list -- instead, it is a list of websites that I either use on a regular basis or just find interesting. From teaching resources for the nature of science and authentic field journals to wacky videos about numbers, I am sure that you will find something in the following list the works for you! 1) Understanding Science UC Berkeley's Understanding Science website is a "must use" for all science teachers. 2) Field Research Journals The Field Book Project from the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives intends to create a "one stop" archive for field research journals and other documentation. 3) Evolution Berkeley's Understanding Evolution website is the precursor to their Understanding Science efforts. 4) PhET Simulations 5) Earth Exploration

Michael Archer: How we'll resurrect the gastric brooding frog, the Tasmanian tiger Simple Lift by Kiwi Crate | Get STEAM & STEM Projects With a little imagination and creativity, there are many things that you can create by learning how to make a simple lift! A parking garage, a dollhouse, a make-believe tree house, and an elevator are just a few ideas. If you have some extra crates or boxes to repurpose this Earth Day, give this DIY a try! How We Did It Cut the lid off your crate. Cut a strip of cardboard from the lid, making it slightly narrower than the interior depth of the crate. Next, place the cardboard strip next to the box. Next cut a thin strip from the remaining cardboard lid, about 1 or 2 inches. On the thin strip of cardboard, measure roughly a half inch from each side and punch a hole. Place the wider strip of cardboard on a flat surface with its tabs folded upward. Measure out and cut a length of string that is about twice the height of your crate when it's standing upright. Now that all of your pieces are made, It's time to decorate! Insert your dowel into the two holes. You now have a working lift!