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Summer Science Roundup

Summer Science!     If you missed any of my posts from last year check out the links below:    These are great for anytime of the year, if you want any more specifics check out these products for some great science ideas year round.   Glow Science   Candy Science   Explosion Science  …

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FIRE SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 9

There’s always a spark of excitement about this day! First off we make Black Snake Fireworks that we light off outside.  We do this in the safety of sand to make sure it doesn’t spread.   These are pretty cool and the students help mix but only the adult ever deals with fire!  We then…

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AIR SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 8

The students had a literal “blast” today. We started off making classic balloon rockets and testing paths for them.  This gives students a chance to work together, build paths, test ideas, and figure out what gives it power. We also did races with aluminum cans powered by static electricity!  They loved trying to see whose…

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COLOR SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 7

This day is so much fun! You can also add a chromatography experiment in here as well just with coffee filters and different color markers.   We started off with the milk and coloring experiment using different kinds of milk.  This was a great experiment is explained great in the video below.  It is so…

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DISGUSTING SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 6

EEEWWW, GROSSS, I love hearing those comments in science.  It’s not often we get to even touch on some funny gross science, so this day is pretty special. We have some articles we read to go along with this day from Scholastic.   The first activity we do is Petri Dish swabs.  We make the…

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BUILDING SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 5

This is such a fun day because it closely relates to STEM!  We start off making marshmallow shooters. I’m lucky to have 2 helpers (my mom! and a cadet teacher) to help students and this really makes this go more smoothly.  Cutting the cups and attaching the balloons can be tricky so it is good…

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BUBBLE SCIENCE – Summer Science Day 4

First off we made lava lamps.  These are most than just your ordinary lava lamp because of the added Alka Seltzer tablet which increasing bubbles.  These are so great and can be personalized for each student by using different colors! The kiddos really went crazy for this one – we also hypothesized about other items…

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EXPLOSION SCIENCE – Summer Camp Day 3

I bet just the name sends shivers down your spine!!  What an incredibly fun day we had.  Learning about some chemical reactions and creating some of our own!!  Check out what we did:  We started off with Elephant Toothpaste.  This one is always new to students and they love it because they can be close…

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CANDY SCIENCE – Summer Camp Day 2

 I seriously love our how each day has a focus and how I cannot absolutely pick which is my favorite but come on, candy, if this is not hands down some of the most engaging experiments you ever do then something must be wrong.  We start out with Gummy Bear Lab. I have some great…

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GLOW SCIENCE – Summer Camp Day 1

I know this series has been way late in the making but I promise it was for a good reason.  My poor little man was sick and hospitalized with RSV for a week in June – it definitely put a kink in my plans but I was glad to be off and have time with…

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