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 →

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at some fantastic color changing chemistry, using acids and bases! We featured this experiment in the studios of Channel 12 on Arizona Midday, click here to watch it all in action! Acids and bases are all around us, all the time. We can find acids in our DNA (in amino acids!), hydrochloric acid (in our stomach!), or, more commonly, in household items like vinegar and fruit. We can also find bases in baking ingredients (baking soda and powder!), household cleaners, and soap! Here is a list of common acids and bases, as well as what they’re usedRead More →

This giveaway has been CLOSED! Please check out the stellar space clothes of Baby Teith, and the launching of their kickstarter, featuring astronaut skirts and dragon scale clothes! Review: My friend Tiffe Fermaint is an award winning runway fashion designer, and she makes the COOLEST clothes ever for kids! She and her husband Keith Walker started their company Baby Teith after their daughter was born, when she was trying to find awesome baby clothes, but was having trouble finding things that fit their tastes. So, Tiffe decided to start making them herself! And what are the tastes she couldn’t find clothing to fit for?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 →

Halloween is my favorite time of year and it’s a great time for science! From sticky slime to shrunken heads, it’s a fantastic time to get messy and experiment with the world around you! One of our favorite science experiments is the Naked Egg experiment. This is one of the first chemistry experiments we ever did, and we love it! The result can be a bit messy, but it’s a lot of fun! When I had my niece over for Fall break, we tried it again. Only this time, we gave it a bit of a Halloween twist…Read More →

My daughter loves to read. Ever since she entered the world of chapter books and young novels, her voracious appetite for reading has been nearly unstoppable! Favorite books have been read and reread dozens of times, and I’m always looking for something new to sate her interests. It came to my attention that one of our favorite TV Scientists, Science Bob had written a kids novel with Steve Hockensmith called “Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab!”. It’s about two kids named Nick and Tesla who get involved in some pretty crazy adventures, and they use the power of science to navigate through them! We absolutely adoreRead More →

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love the holidays! I love taking walks on cool nights, with hot cocoa in our hands and dazzling light displays reflecting our eyes. It’s a time for family, food, and celebration. It’s also a time for gift giving! As I was looking around for awesome holiday gifts for my family, I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite toys, games, and microscope to share with you and yours!Read More →

As the days start to cool down here in the desert, we celebrate the beginning of Fall by taking daily walks around the neighborhood. We look forward to watching the beautiful colors sweep through the trees and we collect bits of nature to make our Fall collages. This year, we wanted to try something new. We wanted to learn more about Fall and how it happens. Why do the leaves change color? What makes Fall so brilliant and beautiful?Read More →

On Tuesday nights, we head to the Phoenix Public Library to hang out at their Hacker’s Haven maker space. It is so awesome to see that Phoenix is funding these spaces for kids to get together and get creative! Hacker’s Haven is a place for kids, teenagers, and parents to gather and work with electronics. There are people there who can explain how to make circuits, how to use the electronics, and how they work. This is a space for kids to get together, play and invent on their own and with each other, in an environment that encourages hands-on learning and development.Read More →

Kat and I LOVE the Arizona Science Center. We’ve been members for over three years, and for much of that time, we’ve been making weekly trips to what we affectionately call our second home. Their planetarium shows are wonderful, the exhibits are spectacular (check out their physics room and Forces of Nature!) and the staff is friendly, fun, and exceptional at bringing the excitement of science to kids of all ages! What makes the science center extra special for us, is that they offer incredible science classes and labs for homeschooling families here in the Phoenix area!Read More →