Archive for May, 2013

Think About It Thursday: How many balloons make a Dinosaur?

  The Virginia Museum of Natural History commissioned the origami company, Airigami, to create a dinosaur entirely out of balloons! This sculpture is of the dinosaur, Acrocanthosaurus. The artists studied the museum’s skeleton of this large reptile. They created a life-size replica as accurate as possible using only balloons! The Acrocanthosaurus, meaning “high-spined lizard”, lived [...]

A Legend Worthy of the Seven Seas: Happy Birthday Jacques Cousteau!

“The future rests in the hands of young people. By capturing children’s interest in the undersea world at an early age, we inspire them to continue learning about it — and about how to care for our precious Water Planet — throughout their lives.”      - Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau   Throughout the 1970s, households [...]

Make a Splash…Make a Difference! Get Ready for World Oceans Day!

Did you know that the largest mountains on Earth have never been climbed? They lie under the ocean, along with the vast majority of all living beings on Earth! The ocean is a majestic mystery; if the seas were the size of your computer screen, the representative amount that has been fully explored by humans [...]

Spotlight on Real-World STEM: Marine Biology!

  The ocean is a majestic mystery; if the seas were the size of this screen, the representative amount that has been fully explored by humans would be the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Not very much, right? With the earth being about 70% water, there is an overwhelming amount [...]

Think About It Thursday: Can you climb Mount Everest?

  Mount Everest is Earth’s highest mountain with a peak at 29,029 feet! Mount Everest is located in the Himalayas. The border between China and Nepal runs through Mount Everest, so the mountain is divided between two countries. Every year, many very experienced mountaineers attempt to climb Mount Everest. However, the terrain is extremely difficult, [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Primate ~ an order of mammals that include apes, humans, lemurs, and monkeys Primates are an order (group) of mammals that have similar distinguishing characteristics. There are more than 300 species of primates. Similar features of primates include large brains, eyes that face forward with good eyesight, and five-digit hands that can grasp. Most primates [...]

Think About It Thursday: Would you eat BUGS?

Scientists are currently studying the benefits of eating bugs. Yes, bugs. This is one of the solutions to end world hunger. There are 7 billion people in the world. One billion people suffer from hunger. That’s one of every 7 people! As scientists research ways to help, the concept of eating insects is at the [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Magma – molten rock within the Earth’s crust Magma is hot fluid or semi-fluid rock material below or within the Earth’s crust. When magma moves toward the surface of Earth’s crust, it is ejected as lava. A volcano, for example, has magma beneath the surface that spews out lava during an eruption! Igneous rock forms [...]

Think About It Thursday: Where is all the Helium?

  Helium was first observed in 1898 by a French astronomer while he was observing a solar eclipse. This light noble gas was identified in the Sun as a bright yellow stripe. The name “Helium” was proposed as it originates from the Greek god of the Sun, “Helios.” After many research studies, scientists discovered that [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank You for All YOU Do!

As we celebrate teachers this week, there are so many things to be thankful for, but we should start at the top with a recognition that we appreciate everything that teachers do. Walking into a classroom every day, motivating, inspiring, and yes, teaching children is certainly an endeavor worth celebrating! For our part, we’d like [...]