This is the first post in a set of Climate Investigators Summer Camp resources! In each post, I’ll outline the discussion topics, experiments, activities, predictions, and observations, as well as video and digital resources we used in each of our camps. Today, we begin with Carbon in the Atmosphere! Parents, educators, and teachers, please feel free to use these resources as you investigate the science behind climate change and its impacts around the world with kids in your community! Here is a PDF of the outline, class setup, videos, and resources.  Experiments within the post: Rainbow Cupcake Ice Cores, Greenhouse Gas Measurements in Soda Bottles,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 →

How would you feel if you had to spend your whole life hurtling through space, with all of your food, water, air, and general supplies limited to what you could find or make on your ship? That’s the premise of Erin Twamley‘s and Joshua Sneideman‘s activity books, Climate Change: Discover How it Impacts Spaceship Earth, and Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future. Written by educators within the Department of Energy, these are both power packed books on climate change, citizen involvement, and a lot of fun for kids!Read More →

What happens when you put your recycling into the big blue bin? After the city trucks collect it, where does it go? My daughter asked me this as we took our recycling out for the weekly pickup. While I didn’t know the answer to her questions, I did know who would – the Public Works Department of Phoenix! I called the North Gateway Transfer Station and arranged a tour of their recycling facility! We were actually going to take a tour of a recycling center to see where our trash goes! This was awesome! Boy, it sure was going to be hard to wait forRead More →

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb  Kat and I love nature projects. Whether we’re gardening, composting, collecting insects, or watching birds, we love to sit and enjoy the wonderful diversity that our planet has to offer. For this reason, Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays. Last summer, we made some really great “Do Not Litter” signs and hung them up in our neighborhood. Not only was this a fun and creative project, but it actually got our community involved in taking care of our neighborhood! The manager of our local teachingRead More →

My daughter and I spend a lot of time outdoors. We built our own composting bin, we have a vegetable garden and a flower garden, and a lot of our scientific studies revolve around the life that happens all around us. We’re big fans of this planet that we’re on, and we’re often trying to think of ways we can help it. Last week, Kat and I were returning from a trip to the park, when she saw someone reach their hand out of their car and drop a cup out of the window. As the cup bounced along the street, Kat pointed at themRead More →

This year my daughter and I have been talking quite a bit about the three R’s of the environment. We have reduced our garbage output by keeping a tally sheet above our garbage can and recycling bin. When we took one out to the big bins, we would make a tally mark, and count it up by the end of the month. We found that, since we began observing it, we started recycling much more than we were throwing away. We’ve explored other ways of reducing and recycling by walking our neighborhood with garbage bags to clean up the litter, growing a nice vegetable garden, andRead More →