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Mae Jemison Featured Scientist

July 1, 2020

Meet Mae Jemison Mae Jemison is today’s featured scientist in the spotlight. Mae Jemison was born in Alabama in 1956, and grew up in Illinois. She became interested in science…

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Diddey Bow Activity

Build a Diddley-Bow Stringed Musical Instrument

June 4, 2020

DIY Diddley-Bow Objective: To build a basic diddley-bow in this do it yourself activity. The diddley-bow is an instrument much older than a viol, harp, or lute- it is a…

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Space Station Docking Simulator

May 29, 2020

Launching astronauts into space is just part of a mission. One of the most important parts involves docking with the International Space Station (ISS). In celebration of the NASA SpaceX…

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DIY Spectroscope

May 27, 2020

Objective: Would you like to hold a rainbow in your hand? With a spectroscope, you can! You can make this device from simple materials you have at home. Then you…

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Astronauts Launch from US Tomorrow #LaunchAmerica

May 26, 2020

Astronauts have not launched from the United States since 2011, and tomorrow’s mission is the beginning of a new era of space travel. NASA and SpaceX will launch two astronauts…

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DIY Drawing Machine

May 20, 2020

DIY Drawing Machine Objective: Create a drawing machine to make complex mathematical patterns. Explore the science on how gears move. Have you ever played with a Spirograph? These drawing devices…

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Make your own droid arm

Build a Droid Arm

May 11, 2020

Build a Droid Arm Objective: Can you make a droid arm that could pick up a cup? In the Star Wars universe, Droids are machines, but so much more! Droids…

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Make a Speeder Bike Hoop Glider

Speeder Bike Hoop Glider Activity

May 6, 2020

Speeder Bike/Hoop Glider Objective: Make a glider and learn about the physics of flight. Difficulty Level: Easy (ages 8-14) / Medium (ages 6-8) Download (PDF): Speeder Bike Hoop Glider Instruction…

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Space Blaster Sound Effect Activity

May 5, 2020

Space Sound Maker (Pew Pew Blaster SFX) Objective: You can make a sound effect generator that sounds like a space blaster! It is perfect for Star Wars Day, so gather…

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kyber crystals candy activity

Edible Kyber Crystals

May 5, 2020

Edible Kyber Crystals Objective: In the Star Wars universe kyber crystals are rare, and prized because they were essential to constructing a lightsaber. You can observe how sugar crystals form…

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