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10 Super Easy Science Experiments That Will Impress Your Kids

A Lemon Volcano. A Magic Pencil that pierces a plastic bag. A do-it-yourself Crystal Geode Egg. And seven more experiments to WOW a child and capture their interest in science. Find the 10 ideas at …

https://mom.me/lifestyle/23123-super-easy-and-cool-science-experiments-will-impress-your-kids/
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Give a Child the Gift of Science: Building Pool Noodle Structures with Toothpicks

Summer is over and many of us are getting ready to put those pool noodles away. But before you do consider the following Engineering Project for kids from the Little Bins for Little Hands website. This is an inexpensive project that will keep young children entertained for hours as they dream up structures to build from slices of the noodles and toothpicks. Get more details about the idea at …

http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/building-pool-noodle-structures-with-toothpicks/
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Give a Child the Gift of Science

Engineering Project for Kids: Build a Straw Roller Coaster!

Here's another great Engineering Project from the Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls Website. Build a roller coaster for a ping pong ball out of straws, hot glue, and a cardboard box for a base. This STEM challenge for kids is awesome because the materials are so simple and inexpensive! The track is surprisingly sturdy, and kids will have a blast creating a path for their ball.  The website author would recommend this project for ages 8+, but younger kids will enjoy building it with help.  Learn how at …

https://frugalfun4boys.com/2016/08/14/engineering-project-kids-build-straw-roller-coaster/
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Give a Child the Gift of Science - Make Your Own LED Throwies

Have you heard of LED throwies? They’re little magnetic LED lights created by Graffiti Research Lab. They are called throwies because you can toss them onto a magnetic surface and they’ll stick. Make your very own LED throwies in this fun science activity for kids. It's an easy way to explore magnetism and circuits and get kids excited about science and engineering. Learn how at …

http://buggyandbuddy.com/led-throwies/
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Children's Science Series: Cool Experiments with Friction

Every child likes to experiment … not just do an experiment but to actuall experiment with different conditions in order to see the effect of those conditions upon an outcome. And this is the perfect "experiment" to allow a child o experiment. The topic is friction and the materials list is short. So visit the referenced website to learn about one family's experience and use the link to the original source. Enjoy at …

http://jdaniel4smom.com/2015/04/cool-experiments-with-friction-for-kids.html
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Children's Science Series: 25 Awesome Explosion Experiments

Every child loves explosions. And as long as it doesn't blow the roof off your house or put a hole in a kitchen wall, even parents love explosions. And with these 25 ideas for different explosion experiments, there's no longer any excuse not to fascinate a child with a little science. So visit the Play Ideas website where you will find a collection of 25 experiments. Each Experiment is briefly described and includes a link to the source of the idea. Pick a few and get started. Enjoy at …

http://www.playideas.com/25-spectacular-explosion-experiments-for-kids/3/
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Children's Science Series: Magical Rising Water

Here is a fascinating demonstration of the temperature-volume relationship. Using a candle, a tray of water, and an inverted glass, perform the "Magical Rising Water" experiment of a young child. In fact, it's so easy to do, you might as well repepat the experiment a few times. A burning candle (composed of paraffin, C25H52) will use up more oxygen gas than the carbon dioxide gas that it produces, thus causing an initial lowering of the water level. But as the trapped air inside the inverted glass cools, the volume of that trapped gas is reduced and the water level begins to rise. It is an amazing event that surprises a child about every time it is performed.

Directions, photos, and a video are available at the Rookie Parenting website. Enjoy at …

http://www.rookieparenting.com/magical-rising-water-video/
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Physics Classroom Resource: Concept Builders Revealed

We are pleased to announce that we have officially opened the Concept Builders section of our website. We'd like to post some info about The Concept Builders – what they are and where the idea originated from:


What is a Concept Builder?
A Concept Builder is an interactive learning activity that targets student understanding of a discrete concept.  Each Concept Builder presents learners with carefully crafted questions that target various aspects of a discrete concept. There are typically multiple levels of difficulty and an effort to track learner progress at each level. Questions are presented in a random order from a bank of several questions. In most cases, when a student misses a question, they will have to answer the same or similar question twice before considered to have exhibited proficiency with that question. Question-specific help is provided for the struggling learner; such help consists of short explanations of how to approach the situation and a statement of the fundamental concept the question addresses. The essence of a Concept Builder is the blending of carefully-crafted questions pertaining to a discrete learning goal with immediate feedback, question-specific help that seeks to remediate naive and ill-adopted student conceptions, and an emphasis on mastering a concept at multiple levels. That's what we think of when we think of a Concept Builder. But we encourage you to try a few yourselves and tell us what you think.


Where Did the Idea Come From?
The idea for Concept Builders came to us as we worked on the Physics Interactives section of the website. The Interactives section was intended to include a large collection of interactive HTML5 simulations that would replace the Shockwave-based simulations at the Shockwave Studios section of our website. The more and more that we worked on this section, the more ideas that we had for interactive Concept Builder activities. We tested many of these early Concept Builders with students and classrooms. We loved using them in the classroom with 1:1 devices like the iPad and the Chromebook. They provided quick, interactive, cognitively-rich exercises that provided quick formative assessments of where students were at with respect to a concept. The classroom environment that they established was similar to what we observe when we use Minds On Physics with classrooms.

Since we had nowhere else to put these early Concept Builders, we just grouped them with the simulations at the Physics Interactives section. They fit nicely there since both were interactive, manipulable, and marked up in HTML5 to be compatible with iOS devices, Android devices, and Chromebooks.  And clearly we were not alone in our sense of the value of a Concept Builder as some of the most popular Interactives were Concept Builders such as Name That Motion, Graph That Motion, and Free-Body Diagrams.

Then one day things changed. We sat down and brainstormed ideas for about 80 new Concept Builders.  And that's when we decided that these Concept Builders need a home of their own at The Physics Classroom website. And that's how the Concept Builders section was born

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Concept-Builders
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Children's Science Series: 25 Awesome STEM Challenges

Looking for STEM projects and challenges for kids?  Building and engineering projects are awesome for developing thinking skills and encouraging the ability to design and create.  The tough part, though, is that teachers often have to purchase the materials at their own expense.  At home, we don’t need to supply enough materials for a class, but with five kids to feed, house, and educate we can’t constantly be buying special materials either.  Here’s a collection of STEM ideas that are fun and engaging, and that also make use of recycled or inexpensive materials!

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2017/01/20/awesome-stem-challenges/
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Children's Science Series: How Strong is Spaghetti?

How strong is spaghetti?  Challenge kids to invent a way to find out!  This STEM challenge is a lot of fun and you won’t need much in the way of materials! Take a trip to the website linked to below and view photos, learn about ideas, add some of your own and you're ready of an hour or more edutainment with a child. Enjoy at …

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2016/10/25/strong-spaghetti-stem-challenge-kids/
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