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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

My Day at Camp: Putting the pedal to the metal

I never thought my third and final “My Day at Camp” assignment of the summer would end with me fighting zombies. But that’s exactly what happened, and a lot more, when I arrived at Octane Raceway in Scottsdale for Summer Engineering Camp. In its second year offering camp, Octane Raceway once again partnered with East […]

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Inspire girls with stories of trailblazing female scientists and engineers

Normally, I hate TV commercials. I will mute, fast forward, change channels, get a snack, or pay for premium cable to avoid them. But once in a while, I get hooked: Subaru’s dog-centric vignettes, Dignity Health’s crib-crashing, fussy-baby-soothing dad, and best of all, GE’s “What If We Treated Great Female Scientists Like They Were Stars?” […]

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Dr. Cara Christ works to boost vaccination rates, curtail childhood obesity

After taking her 5-month-old daughter and two sons to Disneyland in late 2014, Dr. Cara Christ got a very personal reminder about the importance of childhood vaccinations. The very same time she and her family visited, an outbreak of measles had begun at the California theme park. Ultimately, more than 145 people across the United […]

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Cosmic connections: How to start stargazing with kids

My father doesn’t dip his toes in the water. When he’s interested in something, he dives in headfirst. So when he became interested in astronomy, 8-year-old me was in for a treat. He bought all the books. He memorized names of constellations and introduced them like characters in our bedtime stories. His excitement was contagious […]

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Arizona Science Center plans CREATE grand opening

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 26 to attend the Arizona Science Center’s grand opening of the new CREATE maker space in downtown Phoenix. The 6,500-square-foot hands-on exhibit opened to Arizona Science Center members in July; now it’s ready for the general public to enjoy. CREATE is “inspired by the productivity of an inventor’s workshop, […]

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“Grossology” exhibit at the Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center is well known for fun, interactive exhibits and activities aimed at inspiring young minds and educating them about the world of science. A new exhibit takes anatomy to new heights—or depths, depending on your perspective. “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” is based on the best-selling book by Sylvia Branzei. […]

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National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit opens at Arizona Science Center

The National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit opens this Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Arizona Science Center. The exhibit brings the exploits, equipment and science discoveries from National Geographic expeditions from around the globe into the museum. Families can enjoy videos, informative displays and re-creations that illustrate and represent the adventures of scientists, photographers and cinematographers […]

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Arizona classroom grants fund cool projects

Classroom teachers get a fixed amount of money for supplies and curricula materials. Sometimes parents will chip in money for special projects. Grants also help fulfill a need for materials or technology gadgets not covered by district school budgets. If parents can’t donate money, they can donate time by looking for classroom grants. Teachers appreciate […]

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Biomimicry helps students blend art and science

If you’ve ever seen a preschooler fasten the Velcro® strips on a pair of sneakers, you’ve witnessed the wonders of biomimicry, which uses properties found in nature to solve human problems. Turns out we owe the invention of Velcro to a Swiss engineer who got curious after a day of hunting. He came home and […]

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Encourage children’s critical thinking—it’s science!

The term “critical thinking” is thrown around a lot when discussing what is important for children’s success in school and in life. Like Sherlock Holmes following clues to solve a mystery, critical thinking involves gathering, analyzing and synthesizing information to answer why, how and what if—then making reasonable conclusions about what to believe or how […]

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