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Ice Cube Fishing & Freezing Point Depression

Sometimes, when we add a compound to water or ice, it can change the freezing temperature of the liquid. The process of lowering the freezing temperature of a liquid is called freezing point depression. This is a concept that those who live in areas with very harsh winters see in action very often. Consider a […]

Solar Science: The Heat is On!

What would we do without the sun? The sun is an enormous celestial body in outer space that warms our entire solar system! The surface of the sun is around 10,000°F (5537°C) while the core is more than 18 million°F (9999982°C)! The sun is a giant ball of hydrogen and helium gas that is burning […]

Chlorophyll is for Smarty Plants!

What’s Chlorophyll? It is a natural chemical that makes plants green! Chlorophyll is found not only in plants but also in algae and some bacteria. Chlorophyll has a molecular structure in which Magnesium is located at the center, and plants that contain chlorophyll are autotrophs, meaning that they are able to create the nutrients that […]

Sundials: Our First Clocks

Long before the day of the smart watch, humans told time using the sundial, the very earliest timekeeping device! Sundials use the sun’s position in the sky to cast a shadow onto the dial which is marked with numbers indicating the time. The first sundial was created more than 5,500 years ago in the year […]

Igloos

The Arctic is one of the coldest environments on Earth. Winters are long with few hours of daylight. The Inuit people must adapt to this extreme climate. They need thick, warm clothing made from animal skins and furs. They make boots, hats and warm jackets called anoraks. The Inuit people build sturdy shelters to protect […]

Experiment of the Day: Bird Migration

During the cold winter months, you may wear a big winter coat, play inside more often, or even eat different foods. We change our habits and adapt to the changes of weather, and animals do the same! There are different species of birds that travel from cold northern locations to warmer locations further south during […]

Bee Pollination Game

Did you know that there are over 20,000 different kinds of bees? Bees are pollinators and live off the nectar from plants. These insects are attracted to the bright colors and sweet smell of flowers and vegetables. While pollinating, each bee will collect pollen from up to one hundred flowers! The concept of cross-pollination is […]

Experiment of the Day: Chromatography Flowers

What is chromatography? Chromatography is a technique that scientists use to help separate and identify the components of mixtures (solvents), such as those used in making commercial inks and dyes. Many types of ink, like many materials, are made up of two or more different substances. By passing a mixture through a liquid, most often […]

Understanding Compost

Have you ever wondered how plants continue to sprout, grow, and bloom year after year? How can they continue to receive the nutrients that they need to continue growing in the same soil? This is because the soil naturally renews itself with the nutrients from other plants, and with the help of a few other […]

Microbes and Alexander Fleming: Germ Game

Who was Alexander Fleming? Alexander Fleming was a scientist that lived from 1881 to 1955, and he was a physician, microbiologist, and pharmacologist. He was interested in the study of microorganisms, the tiny little creatures you can’t see that can cause you to become sick! Microorganisms are often called germs! There are 6 types of […]