Informal Science Education

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The Fresh Prince of Science Fair

"The Fresh Prince of Science Fair" (To the tune of Will Smith's "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") Now these are some lyrics all about when My board got judged with a pad and a pen. If you have a few seconds, just hang right there, I’ll tell…
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Show us your Science Selfie & Win a Science Kit

Gone are the days of searching for a good-willed and trustworthy  passerby to ask to take a photo of you and your friend.  (Which has greatly decreased overall camera theft! ) No more sitting still while your Grandma took your picture. Well,…

No Lesson Plan - Just Insta-Snow

Meet Alan Marshall, who came with his dad to a meeting in our building today.  What a great kid!  Alan brought his iPad to pass the time, but when I saw him passing my office, I thought I'd see how he liked some Insta-Snow, as well. I think…
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Look Up! The Night Sky is Full of Awesome!

You don’t need a big, strong telescope to see wonders in the night sky.   All the ancients had was their eyes, and since the air was unpolluted and without the interference of electric lights, they could see quite a lot up there.  I’ve…
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Predicting the Super Bowl with Chemistry!

Who will win the Super Bowl on Sunday? The big game is this weekend and everyone has their prediction of the winner. Our Steve Spangler went into the laboratory to find a scientific way to predict the outcome. Steve began his predictions…
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Get an Email When the International Space Station is Overhead

The International Space Station is the third brightest object in the sky (after the sun and moon) - it can be seen without a telescope by the naked eye. The ISS is even visible when spotted over a city and flies over about 90 percent of the…
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Science Craft - Water Color Tie Dye Pillows

Tie dye is always fun!  Are you looking for a fun, crafty homemade gift? Or something to do after school or on the weekend? How about making tie dye pillows that use a little science to create a beautiful masterpiece. Materials White…
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Greystone Elementary's Science Week Goes Beyond the Classroom

Each year, Greystone Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama chooses a topic for a school-wide enrichment week dedicated to help all students learn something they may not learn in the classroom. This year, teacher Mandy Fox decided to make the…

Students Break World Record for Longest Human Electrical Circuit Using Energy Stick

After several practice runs and dress rehearsals, the students at Coulson Tough Elementary in The Woodlands, Texas broke the World Record for the world's longest human electrical circuit on October 24, 2013. Every student in the school, from…
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Earn a Science-Themed Badge at Junior Ranger Programs at a National Park

By Contributor Jacquie Fisher, KC Edventures The Junior Ranger programs in our National Parks are a wonderful way to introduce kids to hand-on science opportunities.  Science and nature activities are offered to kids and families are more…