On Saturday, July 15th, 2017, a powerful monsoon powered microburst hit downtown Phoenix, and severely damaged Phoenix’s Burton Barr library, resulting in an indefinite closure while repairs are underway. The MACH1 maker space took much of the damage, and will be closed for longer, possibly for months as repairs to the building and replenishing of hundreds of thousands of dollars in STEM and high tech maker space supplies are assessed and replaced. This has left the science community reeling, as parents and kids all around the valley were left with canceling of summer STEM programming (including our own Atomic Adventures!) and left without their home ofRead More →

This is the first post in a set of Climate Investigators Summer Camp resources! In each post, I’ll outline the discussion topics, experiments, activities, predictions, and observations, as well as video and digital resources we used in each of our camps. Today, we begin with Carbon in the Atmosphere! Parents, educators, and teachers, please feel free to use these resources as you investigate the science behind climate change and its impacts around the world with kids in your community! Here is a PDF of the outline, class setup, videos, and resources.  Experiments within the post: Rainbow Cupcake Ice Cores, Greenhouse Gas Measurements in Soda Bottles,Read More →

This week saw the much-anticipated publication of my Number One new release, Pop Sizzle Boom! 101 Experiments for the Mad Scientist in Every Kid! Covering everything from Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, Magnetism, Electricity, Zoology, and more, this book is geared toward kids who want to head out into the world, follow their curiosity, and experiment their way to thrilling discoveries of how the world works! Kids have already been diving into this book, experimenting their way through a whole new world with curiosity, creativity, and scientific exploration! We took over ten years of our favorite experiments, projects, and ways to explore the world, and putRead More →

The world of Harry Potter has been captivating people of all ages with thrilling adventures, mystical spells, and beautifully designed environments. People all over the world have been spellbound by the stories of JK Rowling for decades. Our house has been no different, with books, movies, posters, and fan art filling our rooms! With such vivid inspiration, it’s no surprise that we have adapted our favorite stories into our science experiments as well! In this post, I’ll share some of our favorite ways to combine the thrill of the Harry Potter universe with the fun of science experiments you can do at home!  Whether you’re planningRead More →

I just bought a new microscope, and like anyone with a new instrument of science, I couldn’t wait to take it for a test run! After examining hair, puddles, and red blood cells, I was left wondering what else I could look at. My daughter had a brilliant suggestion – why not look at some of my makeup under the microscope? I could combine two of my favorite things – makeup and science, and check out what my new microscope could do! Soon, I was smearing lipstick on slides and what I found was astonishing! There was a brilliant display of all kinds of colorsRead More →

Earth’s climate is rapidly changing, and the impacts can be seen all around the world, with droughts, severe storms, coastal erosion, bleaching coral reefs, and so much more. We see these effects, and our children do too! They see their favorite animals disappearing due to a loss of habitat or changing migration patterns. They see their lands changing as coastal erosion increases. They see beautiful coral reefs bleaching due to rising acidity and temperatures within the oceans. It can be easy to feel overcome by the sheer weight of it all, and feel helpless as to what we can do to help. But even withRead More →

Ferrofluid is a fascinating material to play with; a seemingly magnetic fluid that can move, dance, and form incredible patterns when magnets are brought close to them. Ferrofluid is fun to play with, but the iron oxide powder required to make it can be difficult to find. With this activity, you can make your own version of ferrofluid, using only iron filings, a test tube, and some water! Grab a strong magnet, and get ready to dance your way through the science of magnetism!Read More →

This project will be featured in my upcoming book: Pop Sizzle Boom! 101 Experiments for Your Mad Scientist, hitting stores in June 2017! Take a good look at your hands. Bend your fingers back and forth, and pay attention to the joints in your knuckles as you move. There is a lot involved in moving your hands! Under your skin you have bones, muscles, nerves, and tendons, all working together at the same time to allow you to move and flex your fingers. But they don’t just move on impulse, by themselves. Something needs to pull them down! With this project, you’ll be able toRead More →

If you live in the Phoenix Metro area and you’ve got a budding chemist in your house, then check this out! We’re hosting the Atomic Adventures Summer Science Camp at the Burton Barr library! We’ll be running around, pretending to be atoms and molecules as we turn ourselves into polymers! We’ll bounce around as we demonstrate static electricity! We’ll make messes with slime, explore color changing chemistry with acids and bases, explore the sweet science of strawberry DNA extractions, and more! We’ll have games! We’ll have experiments! We’ll have sweet treats and candy science! Your kids will fall in love with science as they exploreRead More →

You can catch us on Channel 12’s Arizona Midday on Monday, April 18th from 12:30-1:30 as we demonstrate the crushing power of air pressure on live television! Every year around Earth Day, my daughter and I try to come up with ways to help protect the environment, with a big focus on the Three R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! We’ve held Earth Day Parades, toured recycling facilities, and have built a model town for Katie’s toys out of recycled materials! This year, we wanted to spend Earth Day thinking about our atmosphere, and exploring some of the more interactive properties of it. Namely…. air pressure!Read More →