I took my kids to our local science museum last week and we were delighted to stumble upon a mini-maker fair while we were there. A maker fair is an event that provides hands-on, family-friendly, science activities for a group or community. At this maker fair the hosts were primarily students themselves. They demonstrated (and allowed us to play with) things like the Makey-Makey - imagine using bananas to play Dance Dance Revolution!
Look at this beautiful butterfly that was just dancing outside my office window. The creature was so large, I thought it was a bird at first. Isn't nature spectacular?
I wanted to identify the type of butterfly. With the help of the Web site Gardens with Wings, I have surmised that this is a giant swallowtail. Do you think I'm right?
Whether it is the first day of school or the 20th, teachers are always looking for back to school science and math activities for their kids. That's where PlanetSEED comes in. Check out these free STEM activities for you to do in the classroom.
- Need a science ice breaker to get your kids mingling and talking together? Try Sea Ice and Glaciers. Your students can discover how melting sea ice and glaciers affect the level of the ocean (And how fun is it that this ice breaker actually involves ice?).
My family and I visited the San Diego Botanic Gardens this past weekend. The gardens are large and have an expansive collection of bamboo. Even though I have been there many times in the past, I never took note of the many varieties of bamboo they have. Each one has a unique color, girth, and stature. Some of them are even striped. Here are some pictures the show the beautiful diversity of this incredible plant.
There are many popular children's stories these days about witches and wizards, all of whom mix magical potions in their magical worlds. My son was inspired by these books and decided to try his own hand at potion making this weekend. He and a friend mixed everything they could get their hands on into a few bottles -- water, chocolate syrup, an entire jar of Cholula hot sauce, mayonaise, multi-colored sugar, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice -- and then froze their concoctions in the freezer. Here's a picture of the result. Looks yummy, doesn't it?
My company is big on safety. All employees take lessons and are tested on things like road safety, fire safety, office safety, and more. It keeps us safe on and off the job.
One of the safety videos I remember from many years back was on personal health and safety. I.e., keeping our own selves safe in common places, like the office. The video was graphic. It showed how a simple personal artifact (a wedding ring) could do a lot of damage to a person's finger and hand if it gets caught in a drawer. Necklaces, watches, earrings, and any type of jewelry can be hazardous in certain environments, like in a construction zone or oil rig. The video didn't say you should never wear any type of jewelry. But it did remind us to be aware of ourselves and our situations, and that in certain environments jewelry should not be worn.
Every Wednesday is Lego day in our house. After school, homework, and naps are done, my kids and I walk to our local library to take part in Lego Club. It's a simple concept: kids + Legos = fun. There's nothing more to it than that.
I am a native San Diegan, and I have lived here for all but 12 years of my life. Given that this city is considered to have the best weather on the planet, I have become spoiled for warm sunny days almost all year long.
Except in June.
A few years ago I visited India, a country where malaria is regularly found. This disease sickens more than 200 million people each year, 80% of them children. It was the first time I had thought seriously about my health and considered the risk I was taking by potentially coming into contact with malaria. Given the preventative drug options given to me by my doctor, I felt comfortable taking my trip.