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Nov. 21, 2014

What Exactly IS a Comet?

By Ariel Zych

Gather evidence from interviews with scientists about comets, then create a wordy illustration of comet characteristics.

comets, evidence, CCSS, reading, digital, listening,

Nov. 15, 2014

Snotty Plots: How Do You Graph a Sneeze?

By Ariel Zych

Simulate a sneeze with paint, then graphically determine where most of it lands.

histogram, graphing, statistics, distribution, math, algebra, geometry

Nov. 07, 2014

Interns at National Labs Do Real Science

By Ariel Zych

Brookhaven National Laboratory provides a glimpse into the culture of the U.S. Department of Energy's summer undergraduate laboratory internship program.

Brookhaven, stipend, application, undergraduate, higher education, intern, mentorship, education

Oct. 16, 2014

#ObserveEverything: Staff Picks, Week #3

By Ariel Zych

A class keeps tabs on fruit decomposition, someone spies mystery in a lake, and a hiker sits down with an ant.

leaves, science club, citizen science

Sep. 19, 2014

Jumping Spider Shake Down

By Ariel Zych

Can you match each jumping spider dance to its vibratory song?

spiders, behavior, acoustic, bioacoustic, sound, analysis, spectrogram, frequency

Aug. 15, 2014

Salad Dressing Science: Emulsions

By Ariel Zych

In this experiment, you will test a few common household ingredients to see which is the most effective emulsifier for making salad dressing—and you can eat your results!

hydrophobic, hydrophilic, NGSS, emulsions, experiment, mixtures, solutions, suspensions, chemistry, molecules, polarity, soubility

Aug. 07, 2014

Create a Disease Map

By Ariel Zych

Map the spread of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States using real data.

mosquito

Jul. 18, 2014

Fashion Circuit

By Ariel Zych

Add some pizzazz to your favorite clothing and accessories using some wire, tape, a battery, and an LED.

circuit, electricity, current, LED, tech, wearable, soft circuits

Jul. 11, 2014

Talk Like a Firefly

By Ariel Zych

Learn to speak the language of fireflies and invent your own secret flash code.

bioluminescence, communication, lightning bugs, insects, mating, reproduction, code, outdoor activities, summer, camp, flashlight

Jun. 23, 2014

How Does an Octopus Change Its Body to Blend In With Its Environment?

By Ariel Zych

Watch footage of a live octopus to model different ways that these animals can camouflage themselves by changing their body’s texture, shape, size, and color.

camouflage, description, adjectives, media, multiple sources, informational text, inference, observation, texture, color, art, STEAM, STEM

Jun. 04, 2014

Chocolate Crystal Concoctions

By Ariel Zych

Act like an experimental chocolatier and determine how different melting and cooling procedures impact the shine, hardness, and texture of finished chocolate.

crystals, crystallization, colloid, melting, states of matter, phase change, melting point, properties, solids, chocolate, chemistry, boiling, common core

May. 23, 2014

Blog: These Student Filmmakers Have Science Stories to Tell

By Ariel Zych

Student video competitions engage the minds of future science communicators.

video, competition, student, engagement, digital learning, media, technology

May. 09, 2014

Lovely Leidenfrost

By Ariel Zych

Experiment with the relationship between boiling point and the Leidenfrost effect using different aqueous solutions, a metal pan, and a little baby powder.

boiling point, water, solutions, mixtures, solvents, temperature, heat, force, evaporation, steam

Apr. 25, 2014

Blog: Battle of the Bots

By Ariel Zych

An international robotics competition challenges high schoolers to fund, design, and build an intelligent, semi-autonomous robot.

the bot side, first tech challenge, robots, robotics competition

Apr. 18, 2014

Make a Model Eardrum to Detect Sound Waves

By Ariel Zych

Create a model eardrum to visualize sound vibrations, and then use a smartphone to identify your model’s natural frequencies.

frequency, hertz, sound, waves, amplitude, resonance, vibration, natural frequency, resonate, system, ear, hearing, eardrum

Mar. 27, 2014

Make an Art Machine

By Ariel Zych

Safely find, build, or hack a machine that makes any kind of art.

machine, mechanics, science club, art, sciarts,

Mar. 21, 2014

Blog: Teaching Digital Design Using New World Studio

By Ariel Zych

Teenage girls learn computational design in a collaborative weeklong workshop at the New York Hall of Science.

digital design, second life, virtual world, virtual, architecture, teens, pedagogy, workshop, cooperative learning

Mar. 14, 2014

Make a Wire Critter That Can Walk on Water

By Ariel Zych

Learn how insects have inspired engineers to make a robot that walks on the surface of water. Design your own water-walking critter using thin wire, and test its effectiveness: how many paperclips can it hold up using surface tension?

intermolecular forces, properties, water, molecule, cohesion, adhesion, biomimicry, robotics

Feb. 28, 2014

Make a Model of a Home Made From Shipping Containers

By Ariel Zych

Watch an interview with a couple who built a home from shipping containers. Then, design and construct a scale model of a unique shipping container home using printed templates, and estimate the cost of flooring and paint based on model dimensions.

architecture design scale ratios mathematics Common Core engineering

Feb. 21, 2014

Use Clues to Solve an Ice Mystery

By Ariel Zych

Use the physical characteristics of ice to determine where and how several mystery samples could have been frozen.

Ice, melting point, cystal, solid, liquid, phase change, physical science, glacier, olympics, frozen, melt, dissolved oxygen, properties

Feb. 14, 2014

Test the Finger Wrinkle Hypothesis

By Ariel Zych

Perform an experiment to determine whether smooth or wrinkled fingers are better at holding wet objects. The experiment requires only a water bottle, paperclip, and plastic ruler. Downloads: Video, student data sheet, illustrated instructions

physiology, nervous system, biology, form, function, adaptation, human, evolution

Jan. 31, 2014

See the World Through Color-Filtering Lenses

By Ariel Zych

Explore color by creating color-filtering glasses using paper and tinted cellophane.

light, color, vision, spectrum, waves, perception, images, bulb, filter, glasses, make, craft, activity,try,

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