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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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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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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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Whatever floats your boat!

Alternatively entitled, “1001 Uses for Old Taekwondo Boards, Use #1” Our son, like every other child in his Taekwondo class (so I hear), has an under-bed full of these boards. The sheer joy derived from breaking them evidently grants the boards immunity from ever being discarded. This leaves us with a lot of boards which, &hellip Continue reading »

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What’s in a Golf Ball?

My son asked us, this past summer, what’s inside a golf ball. This experiment is extra fun because you can tie it into your golf game (I don’t play golf, so I did not), geology (I am a geologist, so I did), and good mechanical/shop skills. Purpose: Find out what’s in the middle of a &hellip Continue reading »

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DIY Young Inventor’s Kit!

For the low, low price of a laundry basket, Rubbermaid tote or similarly sized cardboard box, you too can start a Rube Goldberg-esque Inventor’s Kit for your child.   Step 1: Get a laundry basket-sized container. Step 2: Fill! The choice of odds and ends is up to you, and limited only by your creativity &hellip Continue reading »

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A Few Christmas Vacation Science Projects

Looking for something fun to do with the kids over Christmas break? Here are a few science projects I’ve found on the web. This has two Christmas suggestions. Identifying mystery powders, includes a decision chart and backstory (I’m guessing Mrs. Claus isn’t very good at food storage safety). Requires basic household supplies: baking powder, baking &hellip Continue reading »

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