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What’s That Smell?

  What’s that Smell? A stinky smell usually means something is wrong – food’s gone bad, something is dead, someone needs a bath. Yet in the plant world, a stinky smell can be a good thing.  Smelling super gross helps certain plants spread their pollen and seeds, which successfully creates the next generation for their […]

That Sounds Funny!

That Sounds Funny! Sound is an invisible form of energy generated from vibrations. Sound waves propagate or repeat in a pattern as they travel across mediums.  Sound can travel through air, water, even some solid surfaces like walls. Make your voice high and then low – did you notice a difference in the vibration? That […]

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

Now you see me; now you don’t! Who doesn’t love a good game of hide and seek? Hide and seek happens in nature through adaptations known as camouflage and mimicry. Most of these adaptations have developed over time.  Members of the species who used camouflage or mimicry were more likely to survive so more and […]

Your Brain on Video Games

                               Your brain on video games Think fast! Your brain is a communication powerhouse! It takes in data, analyzes it, and helps you understand the world around you.  You also move, breath, and live because of the brain. So, what makes […]

Slip and Slide

Slip and Slide: Ice, the Winter Olympics, and Animal Adaptations. Ice ice baby! One of the most fun memories I have of winter is pretending to ice skate by sliding on the ice in my shoes. If you were careful and kept your balance you could zoom down the street like magic! Other times, I […]

Turning up the Heat!

As the temperature drops, the coats and scarves come out and you probably barely think about heat -unless you leave your coat behind!  Have you ever wondered about how we keep the heat or why we need it? Or how animals and humans differ? What would you need to survive in the extreme cold? All […]

Fall into Hibernation With Fun Science!

Beautiful leaves, fruitful harvests, and cooler weather are all things we think of when we picture fall.  It is a transitional time from the sweltering summer months to the frigid winter months.  For many creatures, fall is also a transitional time when they prep for hibernation. What exactly is hibernation? Bears snoozing in a den […]

Engineering and Roller coasters!

Pupils dilate, heart rate soars, you feel like you’re flying!  Somehow you feel weightless and then twice as heavy all in a matter of minutes.  You are experiencing the euphoria of riding on a roller coaster!  Ever wonder why you feel all these different things?  Or how roller coasters came to be? When did people […]

May 2017 E-News: Bird Migration & Climate Changes Affecting Migration Patterns

With International Migratory Birds Day approaching on May 13th, we wanted to dedicate our feature article of the May 2017 e-newsletter to be all about bird migrations and factors that affect it. One of my favorite past times is feeding and watching the birds in my backyard!  I have different visitors, such as the goldfinch, […]

The Science of Basketball

Pass, dribble and shoot! It is time for March Mania basketball – one of the most famous annual sporting events in the US. Whether you are watching college teams on TV or playing in the backyard, basketball is fun because of Science! I betcha’ didn’t know there was science involved in the sport of basketball! Bouncing […]