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Kid-Sized Geodesic Dome

What do you get when you combine: 1. A chance encounter with Straws of Enormous Size:   2. An awesome website, designed by a math teacher with a passion for angles:   3. Cheap labor:       4. A really HAPPY cat?               You get kids who know &hellip Continue reading »

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Explaining Plate Boundaries

There are three types of Plate Boundaries: 1) Convergent (Plates move apart) 2) Divergent (Plates move together) 3) Transform (Plates slide past each other) The first two are relatively easy to demonstrate, but transform boundaries can be confusing to students of all ages. There are many different models available, but I wanted one that was &hellip Continue reading »

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The “Only a Little Wet” Syndrome

*Previously published on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer* I am the original author. I developed a bad habit in my former life as a ‘sposie user. Time and time again, I’ve seen parents leave a disposable diaper on the baby “just a little longer” -and I’m embarrassed to admit I was guilty of this – because &hellip Continue reading »

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Been there, done that, survived.

I could try to say something inspiring here, but I won’t. If you are a parent and have made the decision to go back to college, you already know why you’re doing it and that you’ve got your work cut out for you. Here are some words of wisdom and advice from some pretty incredible &hellip Continue reading »

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Acids and Bases: Red Cabbage pH indicator

The school year has started back up, and that means it might be time to start thinking about upcoming science fair projects. Don’t even think about building a Baking Soda/Vinegar Volcano.I’m not kidding.  Step. Away. From. The. Volcano. However, if you/your child is interested in acid and base reactions, this is a good first step &hellip Continue reading »

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Fried Bread

  Mom called these scones; most just call it fry bread.  They are a summer tradition in our family; we grew up with a coal/wood burning cookstove,and baking bread was completely out of the question in the summer months. Fry bread, however, was not.  If you’re not up to making your own dough, you have &hellip Continue reading »

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Iron Man 2: Sammy The Silly (Putty) Seal

If you’re following along in our Iron Man series, you know that we still have most of the 5 pound bag of iron oxide powder (Fe3O4, or magnetite) we purchased off of Amazon.  It turns out that 5 pounds of iron oxide powder goes a long way. And it turns out that iron oxide powder &hellip Continue reading »

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Iron Man 1: “Reading” a magnetic strip

I like iron so much that I spent 2.5 years studying it in grad school, so when we started seeing experiments that utilized powdered magnetite (Fe3O4) I knew we had to come up with a series. That we created an entire “series” was necessary mostly to justify our Amazon purchase of 5-pounds of powdered magnetite. &hellip Continue reading »

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Eggmosis – Osmosis with Eggs

A 2-for-1 experiment; Day 1 is an Acid-Base Reaction, Day 2-3 is the Osmosis Portion. Though it covers 3 days, the entire time spent on the project is 15-45 minutes. DAY 1: Dissolving the shell 1) Place 4 eggs in a container, cover with white vinegar. 2) Add some “fresh” vinegar (or just replace with &hellip Continue reading »

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If the Box Fits: Camera Obscura

This idea came from the Best of Beakman’s World videos. Our son started watching them because I told him he wasn’t going to be sitting in front of the TV all summer. He negotiated: Even if it’s educational? What about Beakman’s World? And Liberty’s Kids? My counter: Okay, you can watch Beakman’s World, but you &hellip Continue reading »

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