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 →

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 →

Monitoring mother’s milk through ages and stages! As some of you may know, our family of science awesomeness expanded over Christmas, as I welcomed our newest daughter Maizy into the world! So of course, once I got settled into life as a parent of a newborn, I immediately started planning a science project… While I was pregnant, I knew I would want to breastfeed after she was born. I knew that breast milk contains a ton of vital nutrients, and that the composition of the milk changes over time to meet the demands of a growing baby. I wondered… what would my milk look likeRead More →

It’s an anatomy cake of SCIENCE!!!! Today I’ll share how we made our digestive system anatomy cake, took a blind taste challenge, and modeled the process of the digestive system! You can find the projects listed throughout this blog post (with a cake finale!), and links and resources at the end. But first, let’s take a look at how the digestive system works… The digestive system plays an incredibly important role in the proper function of the human body. All of the functions of our organs, tissues, and cells, rely on the nutrients gained from digested food. Every animal on Earth has some way toRead More →

This post contains images of a heart dissection. There is no blood in the heart or in these pictures, but there are several close up images of the dissected heart and muscular cells! When Kat and I were learning about the heart and cardiovascular system, we really wanted to get an in-depth understanding of the human heart and how it works. We had built a model of a pump to mimic a heart, we had made up a circulation game with little blood cell pieces, and we had even made an anatomically correct model of the human heart! What we hadn’t done, was look atRead More →

One of our favorite biology labs to do is the DNA Extraction Lab. We’ve been doing this activity since my daughter was 4 years old, and it is a fantastic and fun way to get a closer look at the tiny world inside of us! DNA exists inside of every single cell in our bodies, as well as every living cellular organism (that we know of) on Earth. You can think of DNA as the “code” that lets our cells know what job they have, and what category of tissues they belong to. Some cells are coded to be a part of our eyes, whileRead More →

For the past two weeks, Kat and I have been learning about the cardiovascular system and how it works to keep our body alive and healthy. We’ve done some really great projects to demonstrate how the heart works, and we’ve even dissected a pig heart in our home! All of this will culminate into a visit with the American Red Cross, where we will learn more about human anatomy relating to the circulatory system, Kat will learn some basic CPR, and I will donate a pint of blood to the Red Cross! In this post, I’ll talk about how the heart works, and share someRead More →

Alright! So you’ve just bought you and your kids a brand new microscope, and you’ve already blown through the prepared slides they came with. Now what can you do? How in the heck do you take care of this thing? Are you supposed to clean it? What should you look at next? How can you enjoy this tool of scientific wonder to the fullest, and really get a great view of the tiny world of microscopic life all around you? Let’s begin by taking a look at how to care for your microscope… MICROSCOPE CARE First, let me give you a pro tip. Always keepRead More →

As the days start to cool down here in the desert, we celebrate the beginning of Fall by taking daily walks around the neighborhood. We look forward to watching the beautiful colors sweep through the trees and we collect bits of nature to make our Fall collages. This year, we wanted to try something new. We wanted to learn more about Fall and how it happens. Why do the leaves change color? What makes Fall so brilliant and beautiful?Read More →