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The Half Mile Long Microscope

Learn how scientists turn a half-mile long particle accelerator into a microscope in this video from SciTech Now.

How do voters decide?

Use this video and lesson plan to learn how voters make the important decision about who should lead their country.

Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Documenting Winter Stories

Create a documentary to inform viewers about the winter in your area.

WPSU Women in Science Profiles

The Women in Science Profiles created by WPSU highlight five women in STEM careers and their career journeys.

Make a Comet

Can you make a comet?

Holiday | Craft in America

HOLIDAY embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade.

Marvelous Meringues

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

The Gift of Life

Ahmed Khatib was killed by the Israeli army in 2005. Ahmed’s father decided to donate his son’s organs and help the Jewish families who received them.

5 Amazing Stars

While Jupiter and Saturn are aligning to create a bright “star” in the sky on December 21st, learn about five actual stars that light up the sky nightly.

Cryptology Files

Can you crack the code and stop an international smuggling ring? The activity integrates geography and algebra, and is best for grades 8 – 12.

Binary Bracelets

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

Pull Back Cars

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

Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday with Ozoni

Japanese celebrate Oshogatsu on the first day of the New Year. For this holiday 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.