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 →

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at some fantastic color changing chemistry, using acids and bases! We featured this experiment in the studios of Channel 12 on Arizona Midday, click here to watch it all in action! Acids and bases are all around us, all the time. We can find acids in our DNA (in amino acids!), hydrochloric acid (in our stomach!), or, more commonly, in household items like vinegar and fruit. We can also find bases in baking ingredients (baking soda and powder!), household cleaners, and soap! Here is a list of common acids and bases, as well as what they’re usedRead More →

Hey, Phoenix! Did you catch us on Arizona Midday on NBC Channel 12? We took advantage of the brisk weather and brought in some winter science to the studio! You can find the experiments we did, as well as the explanations behind them, below! First we’ll focus on growing your own crystals, then we’ll talk about super absorbent polymers and how to make your own at home!Read More →

With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been on the lookout for great science toys and kits that my kids can play and learn with. Now that I have a baby in the house too, my eyes are shifting towards things that could be used now as well as in the years to come! During my perusing, I came across these wooden puzzle blocks and I immediately fell in love. Layers of the Earth, evolution and the fossil record, layers of the atmosphere and space, and volcanoes?! These are amazing!!! We needed to have these!Read More →

Building confidence and heroes, one cardboard step at a time! Katie loves crafting, and she also loves costume making! After she made her own Wonder Woman costume, she has set herself a goal of making new costumes whenever the motivation strikes. Fortunately for her, she didn’t have to wait long as we were given an opportunity to check out these amazing warrior costume designs from Crafteeo!Read More →

A little girl with a super powered dream! When I took my daughter on her first trip to the comic book store, she was blown away. As soon as she walked into Samurai Comics, her eyes grew as wide as saucers, as she scanned the walls and corridors filled with comic books! Those first steps brought her face to face with with a world of wonders, imagination, excitement, and adventure!Read More →