On the tenth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me… Scientific Paper Snowflakes! Snowflakes can come in many shapes and sizes. They’re formed in clouds, when the temperatures fall below freezing. The shape and size depend on many factors, including temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind currents, even dirt and dust particles! These conditions can even change the snowflake’s structure, even as it falls toward the ground! The resulting snowflakes can take the shape of hexagons, needles, ice columns, cylinders… all sorts of things!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 →

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 →