On Saturday, July 15th, 2017, a powerful monsoon powered microburst hit downtown Phoenix, and severely damaged Phoenix’s Burton Barr library, resulting in an indefinite closure while repairs are underway. The MACH1 maker space took much of the damage, and will be closed for longer, possibly for months as repairs to the building and replenishing of hundreds of thousands of dollars in STEM and high tech maker space supplies are assessed and replaced. This has left the science community reeling, as parents and kids all around the valley were left with canceling of summer STEM programming (including our own Atomic Adventures!) and left without their home ofRead More →

The world of Harry Potter has been captivating people of all ages with thrilling adventures, mystical spells, and beautifully designed environments. People all over the world have been spellbound by the stories of JK Rowling for decades. Our house has been no different, with books, movies, posters, and fan art filling our rooms! With such vivid inspiration, it’s no surprise that we have adapted our favorite stories into our science experiments as well! In this post, I’ll share some of our favorite ways to combine the thrill of the Harry Potter universe with the fun of science experiments you can do at home!  Whether you’re planningRead More →

Earth’s climate is rapidly changing, and the impacts can be seen all around the world, with droughts, severe storms, coastal erosion, bleaching coral reefs, and so much more. We see these effects, and our children do too! They see their favorite animals disappearing due to a loss of habitat or changing migration patterns. They see their lands changing as coastal erosion increases. They see beautiful coral reefs bleaching due to rising acidity and temperatures within the oceans. It can be easy to feel overcome by the sheer weight of it all, and feel helpless as to what we can do to help. But even withRead 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 →

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 →

On the eleventh day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…A column of Christmas density! Some of our favorite science experiments have to do with the exploration of density. Density is a measurement of how many molecules are in a substance and how closely they are packed together. Substances built with tightly packed molecules are more dense than things built with molecules that are spread farther apart. A fun way of thinking about this is by looking at the planet Saturn. Even though Saturn is WAY bigger than Earth, the molecules that make up its gaseous nature are less dense than the molecules thatRead More →

On the seventh day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Melted Candy Sculptures! Candy canes are a pretty big part of the holidays around here, as we love to decorate our tree with them, pass them out to neighbors who have really cool Christmas displays, and of course, eat them! We wanted to see if we could do anything cool with them, and came across a really interesting idea. Apparently, you can melt them slightly, and bend them into whatever shape you like! We just had to try this out for ourselves, and it totally works!Read More →