It’s summer, and it’s probably hot where you are, yes?! So, here are two fun Family Science activities that you can do with water! (These are from our book Family Science.) Both these activities are best done outside in case the water play gets a little crazy! Spigot What you’ll need: Small nail or sharp scissors (adults should help with these!) Clear plastic drink bottle with a screw-on cap Water What you do: Using a
Today (July 13) is the birthday of Ernö Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube. He was born in Budapest, Hungary and created the now beloved toy while he worked as a professor of design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Design in Budapest in the 1970s. He’s now engaged in encouraging students to study science, mathematics and problem solving. We love encouraging problem solving too! Here’s a challenge from our book Family Science.
We have officially entered summer! Yippee! The summer solstice arrived officially at 8:31 PM (PT) on Sunday, June 20. (Check out some fun facts and folklore about the summer solstice.) Time for some fun, summer-related science & engineering activities! When I think about summer, one of the first fun activities that comes to mind are bubbles! Try out the following design challenge adapted from our book, Family Science. This activity involves some prep, but it
According to fellow scientist, Joseph Priestly, Ben Franklin performed his famous kite experiment in June 1752. Franklin had been interested in “electric fire” for quite a while and had an on-going dialogue with other scientists of his day about the phenomenon. His famous key experiment established that lightning was a form of electricity. There are a couple of myths about this famous experiment though. First, the kite experiment did not help Franklin “discover” electricity. Humans
Today is World Bicycle Day! Bicycles are fun, often our first chance at freedom and independence, great exercise and widely believed to be an important part of sustainable growth. They are also having a moment! When the pandemic began in 2020, bike sales in the US skyrocketed as people switched to bikes for transportation to avoid crowded mass transit options and because streets were now much less crowded with cars. The first bikes (without pedals)