28 Nov

DISCUS Approaching 1000 Users

Following efforts at the Texas State Fair and the Sally Ride Science Festival, we are happy to report that we are nearing 1000 users on the site.  Approximately half of these users are students/parents who will find neat science activities in our Activity Corner to be of interest.  We are always adding new activities, so

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13 Oct

Bright and Shiny Pennies

Nothing’s nicer than a shiny new penny, but it doesn’t take long for those pennies to become old and dull.  However, by following the simple easy steps below, you can make your old pennies shiny and like new again…fast!  You can also learn a little science while you’re doing it.What you need:  A few old

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13 Oct

Egg in a Bottle

Want your friends to think your a genius?  Tell them you can make a hard-boiled egg squeeze through the opening of a Gatorade bottle in one piece, without touching it.  Then, follow the steps below.What you need: a hard-boiled egg, deshelled; an empty Gatorade bottle; a strip of paper (~3 inches x 3 inches, rolled up);

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12 Oct

Dancing Raisins

There was a classic commercial several years ago with cartoon raisins in sunglasses singing, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” but this is a little different.  This activity is still entertaining, even if it might be difficult to outfit your raisins with little sunglasses.What you need:  A tall, clear glass or cup; 1 can of

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11 Oct

Secret Message Revealed

Secret messages and codes are as old as writing itself.  However, the best secret messages are written in invisible ink.  Follow the activity below to learn how to write and then reveal your own secret messages.  This is a great activity for 4th – 6th grade students.What you’ll need:  Medium-sized bowl; Tincture of iodine (this

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