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 →

This post contains the epic saga of the battle between a flu virus and the human immune system. It is highly recommended that people get the flu vaccine to help in the fight against the flu. To find a local vaccination supplier near you, follow this link to flu.gov (US). This year’s cold and flu season is in full swing around the country and unsurprisingly, many people are finding themselves sick with viral infections. I myself ended up bedridden for about a week with some sort of throat/chest/head infection. Once everything cleared up and I was watching my daughter for signs of infection, I beganRead More →

During the last few weeks, I have been seeing a lot of pictures of robots made out of old electrical components. There are so many great ideas out there, and it is such a great way to get some use out of old broken electronics! One of my favorites was a little group of robots made from LED’s and Diodes. They had been formed into a band called LED Zeppelin.  They were so cute, I really wanted to make some!Read More →

Let’s get this ball rolling! I am fascinated with Rube Goldberg Machines. I remember when Pee Wee’s Big Adventure came out, one of my very favorite scenes was when he woke up, and this elaborate machine made his breakfast. I thought, how cool it would be to wake up to a pancake breakfast every morning, without having to do anything!Read More →

As spring peaks and summer closes in on the Phoenix valley, Kat and I are taking stock of the flowers we have in our garden before the heat causes them to wither away. Spending time with our flowers and vegetables is a wonderful way to start our day. In fact, we’re still seeing new flowers on our tomato plants, and we’re watching some of our herbs flower as well (hopefully we’ll be able to collect some seeds this year!). As we spend as much time outside as possible before the heat sets in, Kat and I have had many discussions about our garden, how theRead 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 →

Sometimes even birthday presents can lead to homeschool adventures… For my birthday this year, my husband bought me an acoustic guitar. I do not yet know how to play the guitar, but I find learning it to be a very fun and rewarding experience. Part of this fun stems from the beautiful sounds that emanate from the strings. Kat and I took turns tightening and loosening the strings as we tuned the guitar, listening to the differences in sound it created. We strummed softly, and pulled hard at the strings, listening to the new sounds we could make. It didn’t take long for these play timesRead More →

Last April, Kat and I built our very own compost bin! We had been learning about reusing and recycling, and had been thinking of ways to help clean and protect our environment. Those conversations along with starting a vegetable garden led us to the idea of composting. We could reduce our garbage while learning about the decomposition of plants and organic material. Not only could we help our environment, we could help our garden too!Read More →

If you don’t like how a book ends, write a new one! Last year, I introduced my daughter to the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter. We started out with The Classic Tale of Tom Kitten, and it wasn’t long before every trip to the bookstore involved a new story about another cute animal. We became pleasantly acquainted with Mr. Jermey Fisher, Moppet and Mittens, Benjamin Bunny, and Mrs. Tiggywinkle. I remembered reading these books as a child, and I was so excited to expose my daughter to the books that I had so adored.Read More →