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 →

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 →

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 →