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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Recently, my husband signed me up for a monthly snack box subscription from Japan. Every box contained strange and wonderful delights from shrimp flavored snack chips to cotton candy with pop rocks! One of the most interesting snacks was this Create-Your-Own dolphin candy, which came with ocean character molds, a scenic ocean background, and all of the ingredients and tools we would need to put it together! Essentially, we were given chemistry in a box, and our result would be candy!Read More →

On the 12th Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me… Exploding snowmen and marshmallow peeps! For our final project in The Twelve Days of Science, we’re taking a look at the science of marshmallows and experimenting with them! We have marshmallow snow people and candy cane peeps and as adorable as these candy critters are, they had better watch out! For we have been concocting some crazy plans of science and these little guys are not long for this world…Read More →

Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time learning about the planets in our solar system, and thinking about the universe at large. New star systems are being discovered all the time, and it seems like every few months, we’re hearing about another new Earth-like planet! We have some ideas as to what the atmospheres may be like on these planets, and we know a lot about what makes up the planets and moons in our own solar system. The big question we had was, if we haven’t been to these planets and other terrestrial bodies, how on Earth do we know what they’re madeRead More →

My daughter loves to read. Ever since she entered the world of chapter books and young novels, her voracious appetite for reading has been nearly unstoppable! Favorite books have been read and reread dozens of times, and I’m always looking for something new to sate her interests. It came to my attention that one of our favorite TV Scientists, Science Bob had written a kids novel with Steve Hockensmith called “Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab!”. It’s about two kids named Nick and Tesla who get involved in some pretty crazy adventures, and they use the power of science to navigate through them! We absolutely adoreRead More →

On the fifth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Santa going down the chimney! There’s something magical about this time of year, with the lights, cocoa, songs, and holiday cheer. But one of the most persistent questions has always been… how does Santa fit down the chimney? We decided to explore this question for the holidays. However, instead of using the familiar holiday mascot, we’re using hard boiled eggs! In today’s science experiment, we tested the effects of heat and ice on air pressure within a bottle! Our idea was that we could get the eggs into both bottles, simply by changing theRead More →