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Newton's 3 Laws of Motion for Kids Using Soccer

Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion for Kids Using Soccer

I remember how much I struggled in physics. It never really made sense to me. I didn’t want my kids to have this same experience so I thought I’d expose them earlier so that they would have a more intuitive feel for Newton’s Laws of Motion, the foundation of physics.

To make physics fun and relatable, I thought I’d use soccer to illustrate Newton’s three laws of motion. My son demonstrates here and there’s another animated cartoon below on Newtonian physics in space.

How about you? Do your kids gravitate towards the sciences?

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How do mirrors work? How are mirrors made?

How Do Mirrors Work? How Are Mirrors Made?

PickyKidPix broke her full length mirror, not once but twice. I hope that’s not 14 years of bad luck.  She hated the replacement mirror that my husband installed and wanted to replace it, yet again, herself.

How do mirrors work? How are mirrors made?

This mirror drama got my son thinking and asking about how mirrors work. I was hoping that he could build his own mirror as a science experiment, but it turns out that mirrors are quite complicated to make.

How do mirrors work? How are mirrors made?

Here’s how mirrors work:

When photons — rays of light — coming from an object (your smiling face, for example) strike the smooth surface of a mirror, they bounce back at the same angle. Your eyes see these reflected photons as a mirror image. from Wonderopolis Read more…

Watch, Learn, DO: DIY STEM Summer Camp

Watch, Learn, DO: DIY STEM Summer Camp

“STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.’s Economic Future” is what you read about all the time. U.S. News and World Report says:

We need to encourage more students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math.

And what about girls and STEM? President Barack Obama has something to say about that (as a father of two girls, he carries some weight!):

“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”

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5th Grade Rube Goldberg Science Project

5th Grade Science Project: Rube Goldberg Machine

I was talking to my business school roommate, Marc Parrish, the other day and he told me about his girlfriend’s son’s 5th grade science project (which seemed too advanced for most parents, let alone kids!). I blogged about my son’s 5th grade Cloud Science Poster so I was blown away that the elementary schools in Silicon Valley assign kids to construct a Rube Goldberg machine as homework.

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No Trash Town in Japan

Earth Day: No Trash Town in Japan

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and I was inspired by this video I saw on The Kid Should See This about a small town in rural Japan well on its way to becoming a zero waste community. This means that they will produce no trash. To this end, they sort their trash into 34 recycling categories. I know that my family and I have trouble with just one recycling category!

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More Really Cool Science and Art Videos for Kids

More Really Cool Science and Art Videos for Kids

My son selected four cool videos from a slew for your viewing pleasure. I added some book suggestions. Like his video picks? Here’s more:

The Kid Should Really See These Videos!

Amazing Videos to Share With Your Kids

My Son’s Favorite Fun and Educational Videos

The Kid Should Really See This Videos

Flu Season Science for Kids

Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa Experiment (then and now)

Best Fun and Educational Videos for Kids (with matching book)

More Fun and Educational Videos for Kids

Coolest Star Wars Art Ever!

My son and I watched this and had the kind of reaction you get when watching an amazing fireworks display. Please watch the entire video as architect and artist Red Hong Yi has seven amazing Star Wars shadow art displays. She shines a beam of light from a specific position onto different shapes arranged on wires to get these effects!

Pair this with Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series.

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Fun STEM Project: Make an Easy Pop-Up Card

Fun STEM Project: Make an Easy Pop-Up Card

I showed my son this video below on how to make an easy Pop-Up card. He watched it once and said that he “got it,” and then went off road, making two cards of his own.

Fun STEM Project: Make an Easy Pop-Up CardIt’s a fun and easy way to introduce STEM (or really this is more STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) to kids of all ages.

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For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.

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7th Grade Model of Cell Science Project

7th Grade Model of Cell Science Project

7th Grade Model of Cell Science ProjectThe model of a cell cake is a popular science project for 7th grade. My daughter says that anyone who bakes this cake gets an A on their project. Her class ate the cake after she and her partner presented it. It was delicious even though it was a day old.

Here are instructions to  bake your own Edible Cell Model from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. There is a lot of leftover candy after the project is completed which is why I think my daughter chose this project!

  • Blue Mike and Ikes = mitochondria
  • Pink Mike and Ikes = smooth endoplasmic reticulum
  • War Heads = vacuoles
  • Air Heads Xtremes = rough endoplasmic reticulum
  • Sour gummy worms = Golgi apparatus
  • Candy disc sprinkles = ribosomes
  • Cupcake = nucleus

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