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 →

Now that Easter is over, what are we going to do with all of these eggs?! Easter lends itself to a lot of wonderful traditions with our families. First, we spend time coming up with new and unusual ways of dyeing them, like these silk tie dyed eggs we make every year! But once we’re done with the dyeing, the painting, the Easter Egg hunting, and the festivities… what’s left? We’ve got all these eggs lying around, surely we can put them to some use? We absolutely can! In this post, we’ll explore physics, engineering, and chemistry with Floating Egg Experiment, Dissolving Eggs, An EggRead More →

Hey, Phoenix! Did you catch us on Arizona Midday on NBC Channel 12? We took advantage of the brisk weather and brought in some winter science to the studio! You can find the experiments we did, as well as the explanations behind them, below! First we’ll focus on growing your own crystals, then we’ll talk about super absorbent polymers and how to make your own at home!Read More →

Recently, my husband signed me up for a monthly snack box subscription from Japan. Every box contained strange and wonderful delights from shrimp flavored snack chips to cotton candy with pop rocks! One of the most interesting snacks was this Create-Your-Own dolphin candy, which came with ocean character molds, a scenic ocean background, and all of the ingredients and tools we would need to put it together! Essentially, we were given chemistry in a box, and our result would be candy!Read More →

On the 12th Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me… Exploding snowmen and marshmallow peeps! For our final project in The Twelve Days of Science, we’re taking a look at the science of marshmallows and experimenting with them! We have marshmallow snow people and candy cane peeps and as adorable as these candy critters are, they had better watch out! For we have been concocting some crazy plans of science and these little guys are not long for this world…Read More →

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 →

On the sixth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Reindeer glowing with an LED! “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, had a very shiny nose! And if you ever saw it, you could even say it glows…” One of our favorite Christmas carols is the song “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”. It’s a great song to spark the imagination of flying reindeer with glowing noses to light the way through fog. So, with the holidays approaching, I thought it would be perfectly fitting to make our own light up reindeer, with a bright red “Rudolph” nose!Read More →

On the fifth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Santa going down the chimney! There’s something magical about this time of year, with the lights, cocoa, songs, and holiday cheer. But one of the most persistent questions has always been… how does Santa fit down the chimney? We decided to explore this question for the holidays. However, instead of using the familiar holiday mascot, we’re using hard boiled eggs! In today’s science experiment, we tested the effects of heat and ice on air pressure within a bottle! Our idea was that we could get the eggs into both bottles, simply by changing theRead More →

On the 2nd Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Frosty The Snow-Can! For our second day of science, I wanted to explore something that we desert dwellers don’t get to see very often… frost! I learned that we could explore making frost right in our kitchen, with just some water, salt, and a can! Of course, we also needed to learn a little bit about salt and how it interacts with liquid water, ice, and the freezing points of these materials! But first, let’s the activity!Read More →

What can you do with a cardboard box, wooden skewers, marbles, and hot glue? You can make a pinball machine! Over the summer, our family took a trip to Las Vegas. While we were there, Kat and I went to check out the Pinball Hall of Fame! We had $18 in quarters and a lot of arcade ambition, we were ready to go play some pinball! While we were listening to all of the bells and whistles and watching the cool mechanics of the games, Kat and I thought about how great it would be if we had our very own pinball machine at home. WeRead More →