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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 as a young student, and excelled in school. She started college when she was just 16 years old, and earned degrees in chemical engineering and…

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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 Demo-2 space mission, ScienceWorks has produced a docking simulator that lets users pilot a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and attempt to dock with the ISS in…

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Swim in a School of Fish

May 28, 2020

Have you ever wanted to swim in a school of fish? What would you have to know to be good at it? What rules could you use to stay together and what patterns can we notice when animals move together in groups? You can use this program to see what that’s like and test out…

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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 can use it to learn more about light emitted around you. Difficulty Level: Easy (ages 8-14)/Easy with help (ages 3-8) Safety Note: Never look directly…

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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 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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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 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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How to Make a Science Journal

April 13, 2020

A science journal is an essential piece of equipment. Scientists record their observations, predictions, and experiments in a journal. You can use any ordinary notebook as a science journal, but it’s a fun project to make your own. This science journal has a pocket attached for specimens you find out in the field, notes, or…

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Home Science Kit: Build Your Own

April 1, 2020

If you have a home science kit ready to go, you can do your own science activities and investigations anytime. You can think like a scientist anywhere! Scientists notice the world around them, and ask lots of questions. They try to figure out why things happen, and are always curious. These materials can help you…

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