astronauts nasa spacex crew

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 on a mission to join the crew of the International Space Station. As part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley…

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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 can create beautiful patterns and are fun to tinker with. If you have patience and some time, you can build your own drawing machine just…

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toby building bubble shapes

Why are bubbles round? What happens if you dip a non-round object into a bucket of bubble juice? Can you blow a triangular bubble? Let’s find out! Join Toby in this fun #ScienceWorksOnline activity. The Science of Round Bubbles Bubbles can stretch and look like long worms or distorted balloons while they are being formed.…

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bubble kids

Super Bubble Solution (ScienceWorks bubble solution recipe) Objective: Let’s explore more about the science of bubbles. First, we’ll make a recipe for super big, super strong bubbles. Then, you can construct an at-home version of ScienceWorks’ bubble screen. Finally, we’ll investigate the science of what makes bubbles work. Difficulty Level: Easy (ages 6-14)/(2-6 may need…

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Backyard Bingo Board

Backyard Bird Bingo Objective: Bird watching is a great way to practice noticing details about birds and to practice learning scientific classification! Print up the bingo board and see if you can spot these birds. Difficulty Level: Easy (ages 2-14) Materials: Backyard Bird Bingo Board Download and Print PDF: Backyard Bird Bingo Procedure: Here are…

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Make your own droid arm

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 do many functions that are too dangerous for organic beings to do, from being exposed to the conditions of deep space to serving in battles.…

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Make a Speeder Bike Hoop Glider

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 Page Video Instructions: Between two Breakers Materials: 2 Straws Black permanent marker Clear tape Scissors Pencil Brown cardstock or construction paper Template Have you ever…

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blaster sound activity

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 up your materials and get started! Pew pew pew! Difficulty Level: Easy (ages 8-14)/Medium (ages 6-8) Download (PDF): Space Blaster Sound Effect Activity Materials Large paper…

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kyber crystals candy activity

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 in this activity. Difficulty Level: Easy with help (ages 5-10)/Medium (ages 10-14) *This project involves using a stove. Be sure that you have an adult’s…

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DIY Kaleidoscope

Our giant walk-in kaleidoscope at ScienceWorks is always a favorite place for visitors. Have you ever tried using our walk-in kaleidoscope, by yourself or with friends? Have you ever wondered how it works? You can make your own kaleidoscope at home, using some simple materials you have around the house. Then you can try your…

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