The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors and use nature to create holiday decorations. Using items found in the outdoor environment is the ideal way to support your child's academic learning and incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles. Materials found in nature support a child's exploration and understanding of various scientific concepts such as the life cycle of a plant. An evergreen wreath is the perfect activity for children to complete at home.
The Geminid Meteor Shower is best visible this year after midnight on December 13 and 14. You should also see meteors on nights before and after that. Best direction to look? The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini, but, like all meteors in annual showers, they will appear in all parts of the sky.
Baby, it’s cold outside! To mark the first day of winter on December 21st, we’d like to share this list of wintry Citizen Science projects by SciStarter. SciStarter is a fantastic website where you can discover, get involved in, and contribute to science research projects through recreational activities. They have over 600 citizen science projects listed!
Decisions, decisions, decisions! Our lives are basically a series of decisions, on after the other. The big and small decisions we make shape and guide everything in our lives. So, the big question right now is, how does the brain make decisions? Learn more in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.
In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but there was no guarantee it would work on Mars.
Want to let off a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) this holiday season? Then grab your family, add a few supplies and try out these fun activities! Over the next several weeks, Science Matters will feature hands-on projects that will keep kids of all ages engaged in a bit of science. Let us know which projects are your favorites and post photos of your fab results on Science Matters' Facebook page.
December marks the beginning of competition in this year’s FIRST Tech Challenge, with qualifying matches scheduled across Virginia in the coming weeks. More than 140 teams statewide now participate in the fast-growing FTC robotics program.
For a long time humanity has relied on technology to help us understand more about the natural world. For example, we can look up at the moon all we want, but without technology we would never see the detailed ridges on its surface or know what its dust is like. Observations and collecting data are just two of the many ways that technology can play a role in celestial happenings.