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 →

How would you feel if you had to spend your whole life hurtling through space, with all of your food, water, air, and general supplies limited to what you could find or make on your ship? That’s the premise of Erin Twamley‘s and Joshua Sneideman‘s activity books, Climate Change: Discover How it Impacts Spaceship Earth, and Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future. Written by educators within the Department of Energy, these are both power packed books on climate change, citizen involvement, and a lot of fun for kids!Read More →

Now that Easter is over, what are we going to do with all of these eggs?! Easter lends itself to a lot of wonderful traditions with our families. First, we spend time coming up with new and unusual ways of dyeing them, like these silk tie dyed eggs we make every year! But once we’re done with the dyeing, the painting, the Easter Egg hunting, and the festivities… what’s left? We’ve got all these eggs lying around, surely we can put them to some use? We absolutely can! In this post, we’ll explore physics, engineering, and chemistry with Floating Egg Experiment, Dissolving Eggs, An EggRead More →

You can watch this demonstration in action, with our segment on Arizona Midday! Easter is right around the corner and like so many other families, we’re in the midst of figuring out how we’re going to get creative with our favorite Easter tradition – Egg dyeing! For the last few years, we’ve taken a new twist to this Easter tradition and have begun dyeing our eggs not with boxed dyes, but with silk ties! The process is surprisingly simple and the results are absolutely stunning. The best part is, you only need a few basic ingredients, starting of course, with the ties!Read More →

We’re always looking for ways to add some fun into our learning. So, when we were making gingerbread cookies over the holidays, I thought, why not incorporate some geography into our cookie baking, and a little bit of climate science while we’re at it? Thus, the idea of cookie continents in milk oceans was born! Katie would map out the continents on our cookie dough and cut it out, and then she would put them in their proper place in the world! We would also map where some of her favorite countries are located on our gingerbread continents! We could talk about how the continentsRead More →