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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

These last two months have seen quite a bit of experimentation and marveling at the varieties of life that can be found under the microscope. It began with the finding of a standing water pond environment, and has culminated in a month long pond Ph experiment that is still running! While we were looking at the science of life, we couldn’t help but allow ourselves to be drawn into the artistic side of it too.Read More →

Kat and I were outside watering our flowers when we came upon a rather disgusting sight. Our rarely used wall fountain was filled with a pool of murky brown water. Apparently, it had been filled a week before and forgotten about and was now filled with who knows what. As I looked over the murky water, only one thought crossed my mind.Read More →