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Pull Back Cars

Can you transform any toy car into a pull back car?

Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday with Ozoni

Japan’s December celebration is called Oshogatsu, and it’s celebrated on the first day of the New Year. Oshogatsu is the holiday when families head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house.

Blood Pressure

What affects blood pressure? Gather a group of friends or family to find out!

Learn About Relatives

The holidays are a great chance for children to learn about family culture. Encourage them to mingle and learn their family history by having them engage with their relatives.

 Marvelous Meringues

Change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

How does Tribal Government Work?

The Tribal Government on the Wind River Reservation is in a state of flux. In the accompanying lesson plans,  learn how the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes govern their people. What is the relationship between Tribal, State, and Federal government?

Can you “water” plants with other liquids?

What happens when you replace water with other types of liquids?

Being Kind for Kindness’ Sake

In this daily news story, PBS NewsHour Extra looks at the impact and meaning of community service and why the winter break may be a more challenging time for students than many people may realize.

Pull Back Cars

Can you transform a toy car into a pull back car?

To Vote or Not to Vote?

Students explore the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and arguments for the importance of voting.

Smooshy Slime

Make a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own families and communities.

Mentos® Explosion

How does a soda geyser work?

Strawberry DNA

Can you extract DNA from a strawberry?

Owl Pellets

What’s in an owl pellet?

Sweetness: The Botany of Desire

Students consider the nature of sweetness and create a scale that allows them to measure and compare the sweetness of several types of apples, potatoes and soft drinks.

Marvelous Meringues

Change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

Doodle Cake Pops

Get creative with these doodle cake pops! Whether you have them ready before the party starts or allow your party guests to decorate as part of a craft, everyone will be delighted with these tasty treats.

Dental Decay

Test the acid levels in your favorite drinks with pH test strips, then soak shark teeth or eggshells in each drink to see if the acid weakens tooth enamel. Try it!

Virus Hunter

Jon Epstein is a virus hunter – he chases viruses that can cause outbreaks of infectious disease. Follow Jon as he hunts the path of the Nipah virus from fruit bats to humans in Bangladesh.

Binary Bracelets

Using the binary code, you can show off your name on a really cool bracelet, key chain, or necklace.

Why are your poems so dark?

Linda Pastan’s poems use very simple language and plain statements to describe everyday situations, but she ends up uncovering the dark worries and threats that hide just below that quiet surface of daily life.

Bouncing Egg

We all know what happens when you drop a regular egg on the ground. When you add vinegar (and some patience), you end up with a bouncy, squishy object!

Career Hacks for Workforce Readiness

Use this interactive collection to build strengths in key career skills, such as problem solving, leadership, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking.

Marvelous Meringues

Your kitchen is a great place for family time and learning math and science! In this experiment, change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

How to Support Your Child for a Very Different School Year

There’s a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. This article has some practical ideas.

Lemon Batteries

Can you get power from a lemon?

Energy Transfer in a Roller Coaster

In this interactive lesson, students watch videos and use an interactive activity to learn how energy moves roller coaster cars along a track.

Owl Pellets

What do owls eat for dinner? Find out by dissecting their pellets!

Native America: Nature to Nations

Learn how Native Americans connected to their environment and how the early U.S. government got lessons from these connections.

Solar Oven S’mores

Can you cook a s’more without a fire or electricity?

Clouds and Weather

Learn about the relationships among the Sun, clouds, and weather in this video excerpt from NOVA’s Cloud Lab.

Can you “water” plants with other liquids?

Most seeds need warmth, light, and water to start growing. But what happens when you replace water with other types of liquids? Test them out using this experiment!

Rain Gardens

This video and support materials shows how a rain garden at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest slows down the flow of water from the forest’s parking lot and helps prevent soil erosion. 

Bath Fizzies

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak!

 

 

Water Filter

Can you make muddy water crystal clear?

 

 

Solar Oven S’mores 

Transform a pizza box into a solar oven to make a s’more (melted chocolate and marshmallow between two graham crackers). 

 

 

The Science of Summer

Get ready for summer by exploring the science behind some of your favorite summer activities. 

 

 

Pull Back Cars

Pull back vehicles use springs to store energy. When the vehicle is released, the energy stored in the spring moves the vehicle forward. Can you make any toy vehicle into a pull back vehicle?

 

 

Invent Apps to Help Others

Design your own app to address a problem facing your school or community.

 

 

Bouncing Egg

We all know what happens when you drop a regular egg on the ground. When you add vinegar (and some patience), you end up with a bouncy, squishy object!

Confront Racism

There resources will help you understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in your family and communities.

Caterpillar Senses

It doesn’t look like caterpillars have ears, noses, and eyes like humans. So how do they find food? Try this experiment to learn how caterpillars use their senses.

Write a Poem in Two Voices about Bees

A poem written in two voices allows you to experience a new perspective. Try this activity to make connections about your personal experiences with our pollinating friends.

Bath Fizzies

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak!

Uncovering Overt and Systemic Racism

Use these materials from PBS NewsHour with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States.

Mars Egg Lander

NASA faced a huge challenge when they safely landed the Mars Exploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. Can you design a capsule that would protect a raw egg dropped from several stories to the ground? Try it!

Making Music with Iconic Women of Country

Iconic Women of Country premieres on Monday, June 1, at 9:30 p.m. on WPSU. If you’re inspired to learn more, try writing country music lyrics with this activity.

Marvelous Meringues

Go from slimy egg white to fluffy foam to a crunchy solid and delicious cookie while learning about the science behind the marvelous meringue.

Decoding Algebra

Do you have questions while solving your algebra problems from home? This collection from PBS Learning Media contains videos on many topics covered in algebra that just might answer your questions!