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The Fascinating Physics of Everyday Life

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Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.  Learn more about Physics by checking out the following resources.

Watch the Fascinating Physics of Everyday Life video.  Answer the questions below by posting a comment and/or try some of the “toys” Dr. Czerski mentions in the video.

  • What is the law of conservation of angular momentum?
  • How does something not touching anything (i.e. Hubble Telescope) know where it is?
  • What are two important things to know about science?

Go to the PHYSICS4KIDS website and learn about one of the topics.  Create a presentation about one of the topics.

Check out Physics for Kids Overview on ducksters.com.  Create 10 trivia questions for your classmates to answer.

Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

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Do you love art and animals? If so, this is the contest for you! The deadline for submission is March 1st, 2018, so review the contest rules and start creating.

  • All entries are to be submitted electronically at endangered.org/submit-your-art. (See “Submitting Artwork” section below for details on sending student art.)
  • All artwork must depict species chosen from one of the lists as noted in “Subject Matter” (below). We will make no exceptions to this rule.
  • Entries must be received by March 1, 2018. Late entries will not be judged.
  • All entries become the property of the Endangered Species Coalition.

2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

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Design a Happiness T-Shirt

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Design our t-shirt for the International Day of Happiness! Live Happy is preparing for the upcoming International Day of Happiness on Monday, March 20, 2017 .

The theme is “Happiness”

Draw how you share happiness and what makes you happy To help kick off the contest and bring the theme to life, Live Happy is calling for all kids 12 and under to submit a design for the #HappyActs T-shirt. All designs will be posted on our Facebook Page and the design with the most likes on our page will be considered for the 2017 #HappyActs T-shirt. All entries must be received by December 15, 2016.

For the entry form and more information click here.

Drop your EY coordinator an email if you plan to enter this contest.

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Toy Hackers

There will be new episodes and DIY videos every week! Watch now @ https://youtu.be/64O_3lsn4Yw

Try this yourself! Collect the supplies and create! Snap a picture of your speakers and send it to the EY coordinator in your building.

If you liked this project, check out Toy Hackers. Toy Hackers is a new web series for the next generation of inventors! In the first weekly show, Goldie & the gang will help kids turn toy boxes into toolboxes.

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Calling all doodlers!

 

 

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It’s time to start sketching, because this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest is OPEN!
K-12 students are invited to bring their imagination to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose. The winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

Check out the contest page to see past winners and to get some ideas! Start working on some sketches.

Google Doodle Page

 

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Animal Olympians

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Welcome to the Animal Olympics, where species compete daily in the wild to thrive and survive.  Different species have adapted different athletic abilities to succeed in their respective environments, from running fast to chase prey to swimming great distances in search of food and safety. Animals are amazing athletes and their performances in the wild are of often above and beyond Olympic caliber.

And the medals go to………. Animal Olympic Medal Winners

Read through each of the animal award winners, and then choose your own animal to research.  After you have gathered new information about your animal, create an award for your animal similar to those at WWF. Share your project with the EY coordinator in your building.

 

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Patents, Trademarks, and You!

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Are you someone who keeps an eye out for the latest inventions?  Do you enjoy tinkering with objects to see what you can create?  Then knowing about patents and trademarks might be helpful in your future endeavors!  The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) has a website to help kids understand more about the patent and trademarking process.  Check it out here.  Try some of the activities and videos!  Leave a comment with an idea you would love to create a patent for or something interesting you learned about the patent/trademarking process.

Naming a New Spider in Australia

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How amazing would it be to have a newly discovered creature named after you?!?  Well, that is exactly what happened to world renowned physicist Brian Greene.  A new type of water spider was discovered hanging out in the streams of Brisbane.  These spiders have an interest in physics just as Professor Greene does.  Click here to read the full article.

In the article, the recent discovery of Einstein’s gravitational waves is presented.  This theory has been in the works for 100 years, started by Einstein, and was just proven true through the spiraling of two black holes into each other (One 36 times the mass of the sun!).  For more information on this discovery, click here.

Ponder this:  You are being honored for your work and will have a creature named in your honor.  If you were able to choose, what creature would be at the top of your list?

Leave a comment with your reactions to the articles or what creature you would choose!

Picture: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/sci-tech/brisbane-welcomes-world-renowned-physicist-by-naming-spider-after-him-20160309-gneg0n.html

Science, Math, & Technology at Your Fingertips!

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Have you ever wondered how an atom is created?  Or maybe you find yourself wondering how energy forms and changes.  Do building fractions and creating creatures from area formulas excite you?  Then this simulation website is for you!

PhET Simulations is an interactive website full of simulations that introduce you to many different areas of math and science such as force and motion, energy forms and changes, the Greenhouse Effect, Glaciers, and more!  Click here to get started on your own simulation journey!  Leave a comment with your favorite simulations.

*Be sure to hold your iPad horizontally while working with the simulations.*

Eggstraordinary Experiment

For this post we are going back to the beginning…of STEAM that is.  So in honor of the “S,” how about a science experiment post to get your investigative juices flowing…

 The Dissolving Egg Shell & Bouncing Egg Experiment

This experiment is simple, it involves a lot of observation but the results are really interesting to watch.
Reflection 1:
To start with, take time to reflect on what you think will happen when the eggs are put into the vinegar and water.  Make a note of your reflection in a notebook or other recording device that you are able to keep your future reflections and comparisons in.
What You Need:
eggs
(we used raw eggs – 2 brown & 2 white)
vinegar
water
clear cups
What To Do:
1. Set up 4 clear cups.
2. Put 1 egg into each cup.
3. Add vinegar to 1 of each cup containing a white & brown egg.
4. Add water to the other 2 cups.
*eggs should be covered completely by each liquid.
5. Observe
Start of Experiment/Day 1:
Reflection 2:
What do you notice happening in the 2 cups?
Can you explain why these things are happening? (may require research)
A few hours later…
Reflection 3:
What do you notice about the egg in each cup?
Do you have a hypothesis as to why this is happening? (again, you may have to do a little research)
Write a prediction about what you think will happen to all 4 eggs at the end of 7 days?
Day 2:
Day 3:
Day 5:
Day 7:

End of Experiment – Day 7:

Reflection 4:
What has happened to the eggs?
Test your eggs to get more information by dropping them on a protected surface (adult approved of course).
What observations did you make?
 
And Now, The Science:
What is the chemical reaction that is taking place in this experiment?
Why does this happen?
How could you change this experiment to learn more about this reaction?
What other egg experiments have you done?
We’d love to have you share some of your reflections by leaving a comment!
Happy Experimenting!
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