January 24, 2019

Here is another cool experiment that actually works as well in real life as it does on YouTube videos: kinetic popsicle sticks. What does that even mean, you might ask? It is an experiment that uses a lot of popsicle sticks, and interweaves them in such a way that it c...

October 23, 2018

Sometimes, I think to myself that I need to spend more time playing with dry ice. I imagine that this thought is not universally shared, but nonetheless, let’s talk about all the things we can do with dry ice.

First, a note of caution: Handling dry ice can be dangerous...

October 16, 2018

Let’s say you wanted to build a robot, and you wanted to do it on a relatively low budget and accessible to young children. This was my challenge one weekend over the summer, when I decided to robot building at a camp I was working at, with children as young as 4, and...

October 9, 2018

So you are thinking you want to make a rocket…. or maybe not you, but you have an elementary-school aged child who has made rockets, or seen rockets, or dreamed about rockets….and you have no idea where to start. This was the story of my life about a month ago, when my...

January 25, 2018

We’re heading to a chess tournament this weekend, scientists, and then our family is on our way to an extended trip in another country for my sabbatical journey! Do not worry, though, readers, I will be back, and in the meantime, co-party facilitators Ben, Dana, and ot...

September 5, 2017

So we took a little break from blogging in honor of the first Party Elements science camp, which was at the community center in Sharon, MA last week, and featured exciting experiments such as slime making, square bubbles, testing pH, and much more that we have already...

August 7, 2017

Still summer (although less and less of that now), still looking for things to do with your children? Check out the first five parts of our series (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), or one of our personal favorites, below: Elephant Toothpaste!

What is elephant toothpaste, you might ask?...

August 2, 2017

How about a puppy, Mommy? Please oh please oh please oh please…Or a kitten? A horse? Goat?

No, no, no, and no. There will be no more pets in this house. We have a python, a beta fish, and two aquatic frogs (blog post coming soon on the science of caring for these animal...

July 25, 2017

Hi fellow scientists and scientist-parents! It’s been a little cold recently, so hope everyone is figuring out how to keep kids entertained without our standard pool-beach-lake-pool-beach-lake circuit that we tend to do in our family. You know what I was told before I...

July 13, 2017

It’s hot outside, again. You’ve been to the pool, and the beach, and the splash pad, and you’ve turned on your sprinklers more days that you can count. It’s still hot and the kids are still home from school and they still need things to do. How about trying some scienc...

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