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 Presidential Inauguration

This episode of Social Studies Shorts explores what happens on this exciting day and looks at interesting moments from past inaugurations.

History of Magnification

Understand the unpredictable way that innovation works, and explore the cascade of advancements in disease control and astronomy that 16th-century innovations in lens making prompted.

Square Bubbles

Is a bubble always round?

Bird Journal

Winter is a fun time to watch birds in your yard. Many feathered friends even enjoy the snow, and you can keep track of them with this journal.

STEM Careers Collection

Watch as some people in STEM careers profile their positions in STEM and what it entails.

Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer!

Spiced Oatmeal Muffins

This hearty and healthy snack will power your child’s daily adventures.

New Year’s Eve Origami Popper

To close out the year and welcome a new one, celebrate with some paper poppers! And learn how to say “Happy New Year” in different languages.

Mission: Materials Science

The Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science is developing a new interactive website with informal educational content to explore how materials have unexpected behaviors that lead to new, innovative technologies.

Kindness Campaign

Watch and listen to these inspiring one of a kind kindness stories. Then download the Kindness Bingo cards to spread kindness in your community!

The Detective’s Notebook Game

You get to be a detective! Sort through clues in a story to predict what will happen next.

Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

Energy Carousel

Make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

All About Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and how it is observed today.

Thankful Tree

Celebrate the beauty of fall by creating a festive centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!

Reaction Time

Who in your family has the quickest reaction time? Thanksgiving is the perfect time to experiment with different family members!

Pancake Science

Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

Who are the Northern Arapaho?

In this video and accompanying lesson plans, students will learn how the Northern Arapaho came to Wyoming, what are the Arapaho values, and why were Arapaho tribal names changed?

Do leaves breathe?

In this experiment, create an environment where you can see this carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange happening in leaves!

Create a Kindness Tree

Kindness can grow! Create a Kindness Tree in your house to watch your kind acts multiply.

Energy Carousel

Make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

Arthur and Francine Go to War

Watch this Arthur episode to learn about the complexities of the voting process. 

Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

How to Use Children’s Books to Talk About Race and Racism

Picture books help create a safe place to start when talking to children about race and racism. Use this list of suggested books to start your conversation.

Foam Fountain

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with a few household ingredients!

Build it From Nature

The natural world serves as inspiration for human inventions, such as scuba fins, the Bullet Train, and VELCRO. Use this worksheet to learn more examples, and then search for more in your neighborhood.

Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

DragonFly TV – Leaves

Why do leaves change color in the Fall? In this video, the students explore to find out!

Pancake Science

Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

Chef Cookie Pops

Create these delightful desserts for your cooking-themed party! Let every little guest enjoy their very own delicious ‘chef’ cookie pop.

Blood Pressure

Learn how to use a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure. Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it!

Personal Protective Equipment Explained

In this episode of Things Explained, we talk with a Georgia nurse who is caring for coronavirus patients and examine why PPE is in such high demand during the global pandemic.

Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

Play a Storytelling Game

In this activity, your child will use her imagination and practice storytelling by rolling homemade dice to tell a unique story!

Square Bubbles

Most bubble wands are circular, so is that why bubbles come out round?

DIY Fun Time Spinners

Sometimes parents need children to play quietly while they work or take a break. Create a Fun Time Spinner with activities your child can do alone, and one with family activities!

Pancake Science

Breakfast can be a learning experience! Work on some serious math and science lessons while making pancakes.

Helping Kids Cope with Back to School Anxiety

“STOP” is a 4-step plan you can use to gain more control over anxiety-causing situations like back-to-school.

Pull Back Cars

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

Exploring Hot and Cold Changes

You and your child can investigate what happens when you heat solid materials and then cool the materials.

Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day?

Nature Paint Brushes

You need a paintbrush to paint your nature-y masterpiece! What will you use to make your paintbrush?

Air Pressure Rockets

How do you launch a rocket without using fuel?

Exploring Weather

Does your child like to splash in rain puddles or watch the clouds as they move across the sky? You can help your child learn about weather by making a simple weather chart together and observing the weather with all their senses!

Do leaves breathe?

Plants use their leaves to recycle carbon dioxide and turn it into food for themselves and oxygen for us. In this experiment, create an environment where you can see this carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange happening!

Watch a Seed Grow

When seeds are in the soil, it is impossible to observe all of their growth. Use fast-growing seeds in this experiment, and you and your child can closely monitor all of the stages of growth a seed experiences!

 

 

Magic Milk

What makes food coloring dance in milk?

 

 

Make Glowing Water 

Create “glowing water” by adding the contents of a non-toxic highlighter to water. This project is a great way to learn about bioluminescence in nature.

 

 

Mentos Explosion

What is the secret behind the reaction between carbonated cola and little mint candies that makes such an explosion? Try it!

 

 

Outdoor Water Blob

Make the perfect activity for hot summer days: a water blob!