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Full STEAM Ahead: DIY STEM Kits for Kids

Full STEAM Ahead: DIY STEM Kits for Kids

Implementing open-ended STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities has numerous benefits to future makers, and encouraging students to tinker in a supportive environment promotes . . .

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Full STEAM Ahead: 15-Minute STEM Activities

Full STEAM Ahead: 15-Minute STEM Activities

Fun, easy STEM activities are a great way to entertain kids and help them make unique discoveries at home. With a few simple, low-cost supplies and minimal directions, young scientists will be engag . . .

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Full STEAM Ahead: STEM for Your Health

Full STEAM Ahead: STEM for Your Health

Increased screen time and busy schedules have led to a number of health issues, including decreased physical activity and unhealthy eating habits. Consider using easy STEM activities to help your fa . . .

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STEM Activities for Kids

STEM Activities for Kids

With the popularity of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in school, you might wonder what you can do at home to boost a child’s sense of curiosity and ability to problem-s . . .

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Make a Bug Vacuum

Make a Bug Vacuum

Capture insects with ease using this simple DIY bug vacuum kids can make at home.Scientists capture bugs for study using a mouth-powered vacuum, called an aspirator or a pooter. Swallowing specimens i . . .

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Plant a Patio Garden

Plant a Patio Garden

No Yard? Plant a Patio Garden with Kids Whether you live in a high-rise apartment or a house with limited green space, your family can reap the benefits of gardening together. Gardening teaches kid . . .

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Warty Licorice

Warty Licorice

Can you make a smooth piece of licorice grow warts? Do this science experiment with the kids to find out!Time: 5 minutesSkill level: Get a grown-upSuppliesTwizzlers licorice twists (the Pull-n-Peel . . .

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How to Make a Box Oven

How to Make a Box Oven

There are several different types of box ovens you can make. These instructions are for a box oven with a hinged lid. If you use the sturdy materials recommended and take good care of it, you should b . . .

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Build a Rocket

Build a Rocket

Imagine sweeping the dust from a giant rock formation to uncover an ancient dinosaur fossil, or peering through your backyard telescope to identify a hazy comet as it streaks across the sky. Sound e . . .

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Straw Gliders

Straw Gliders

The next time you visit the beaches near Torrey Pines or La Jolla, be sure to look up at the sky. You may notice many colorful gliders soaring high above the ground. These gliders provide the ultima . . .

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Acid Dissolving Test

Acid Dissolving Test

Here’s an easy, kid-friendly science project you can do at home!Time: 1 hourSkill level: MediumYour digestive system uses acid. Does that mean that acid dissolves candy?What you need:Candy that di . . .

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Candy Chromatography

Candy Chromatography

Many science experiments involve candy. Follow the directions below to find out how you can use science to determine how candies get their colors. Materials:Coffee filtersClear jars or cupsPencilT . . .

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Pizza Box Solar Cooker: Kids Science

Pizza Box Solar Cooker: Kids Science

Few things are more essential to a summer camping trip than marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Sure, you need a tent and a sleeping bag, but a campfire without s’mores just wouldn’t be . . .

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Cooking with the Sun: Science with Kids

Cooking with the Sun: Science with Kids

Did you know that San Diego averages more than 260 sunny or mostly sunny days per year? All of this solar energy warms the air and ground and contributes to San Diego’s great climate. However ener . . .

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Boogie Woogie Raisins: Kids Science

Boogie Woogie Raisins: Kids Science

Have you ever seen raisins dance the tango or spaghetti noodles do the hula? Follow the directions below to find out how to create your own performing raisins. Believe it or not, you don’t even ne . . .

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