I got new lab equipment! To celebrate, my daughter and I decided to have a chemistry week for our “Super Awesome Summer Camp of Science”. My daughter and niece would make slime, lava lamps, casein plastic, and diet coke geysers! We would celebrate the fun of chemistry while cooking up some chemical reactions! Before we could get concocting, however, we needed to go over some basics. We started with the atom.Read More →

Kat and I have been spending quite a lot of time outside lately, examining and collecting rocks. We’re captivated by the glittering greens, deep reds, and dramatic blacks that we see all around us. The type of rock that has most captivated Kat however, is the sparkling white of the Quartz Crystal. When she was 4 years old, she would go on collecting expeditions with her friends, amassing large piles of the white rocks. As she’s grown older, she’s used them to create land art, or line her garden. It came as no surprise to me that when we were contemplating our next week ofRead More →

Last week I was reading “Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!“, a wonderful autobiography of the curious and hilarious Nobel winning physicist Richard Feynman. I was struck by one of his curiosity kicks: he wanted to see how well the human nose could smell. Were our smelling powers stunted in comparison to those of other animals? Could we take a book off the bookshelf and be able to tell if someone has read it simply by smelling it? Could we tell if someone has merely held it in their hands? He found the answer to be YES! I however, was not so sure. Feynman, after all,Read More →

Halloween is the month for all things creepy and it’s a great time for playing with science! There are a lot of great science projects that can carry a Halloween theme, ranging from glow in the dark potions (that you can drink!) to dancing gummy worms. Halloween is a great time to bring out the fun in chemistry, and teach some really interesting concepts at the same time! I wanted to kick off our month of Halloween chemistry with a spooky take on an old idea. The experiment we conducted involved the science of decomposition and preventing the biological processes that cause it. We followed the simpleRead More →

Have you ever rubbed a balloon on your head and watched the hair stand up? Have you ever tried to bend water? Did you know that you can turn on a light without flipping the switch? The secret is in the static. Static Electricity! Electricity is all around us. We can see it as lightning in the sky, and we can use it as we power the many electrical devices in our homes. It is even present in our own bodies as the neurons in our brains fire off electrical impulses, resulting in the messages that cause our muscles to move. Electricity is the physicalRead More →

We’re going to find the best bubble recipes, and a really easy way to explain surface tension! What better way is there to learn about surface tension and water molecules than by playing with bubbles? Kat and I have been having a lot of fun exploring the different ways that liquids interact with each other, and the reactions that can take place. This time, we decided to explore surface tension by learning about how bubbles work! Even better, we’ve taken our lesson to the park and have invited the other kids to come along and learn with us!Read More →

This week, Kat and I have been studying the various stages of matter! Today, we focused primarily on properties of matter, and ways that you can distinguish between them. We began by asking the question, what is density? Density is a measurement of mass, or the relative heaviness of an object with a constant volume. Simply put, density is a measure of how much “stuff” is in something. That “stuff” pertains to atoms and molecules, which make up the mass of an object. For example, in a liquid, the molecules are loosely “hanging out”. Kat and I demonstrate this by clasping our hands closely together,Read More →

A lesson in Acids, Bases, and SLIME…. Keeping things fun and interesting in my house often relies on the sacrifice of cleanliness and order. Personally, I think this is a great way to live life. However, if you wish to keep slime, liquids, and Ph testers off of your counters and floors, you may want to consider laying some newspaper down, because things are about to get really messy!Read More →