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Science fair project ideas – Quick and easy project #1 part 2 – Parachutes

Children of all ages find experiments in science a highlight of their school day whether they are home schooling or whether they are in public or private school. It is an opportunity to be actively involved, hands-on time.
There are many sources that you can check to find experiments. Check into AiMS activities on line. They have many inexpensive stimulating science activities for kids of all ages.
It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. I searched and searched until I found experiments that I thought my grandchild would find captivating and fun. I home schooled him. Give these 10 must do science experiments at home with your kids, too.To do this experiment you need:
a baggie
baking soda
1/4 cup water
a tissue or small portion of paper towel
As explained in the video, place the water and vinegar in a baggie. Place 2 tbsp. baking soda in a piece of paper towel or tissue. Fold to make a little pocket. Place in the baggie and quickly zip the baggie. Place in the sink or on the ground if you are outside and watch.
This is so much fun. The vinegar and baking soda work together to make the gas which causes the baggie to ‘pop.’To do this experiment, you need:
two clear plastic or glass cups (or more if you want pairs of children in your home school or classroom to do this).
two paper towels rolled tightly to make a wick
Fill one cup with water. Leave the other one empty.
Place one end of the wick in the water, Drape the other end over the empty cup. Be patient. This takes a while…about 30 to 45 minutes. I left mine set up overnight and the results did not change.
* Capillary action causes the water to travel along little spaces in the fibers of the paper towel thus moving the water from one cup to the next.
VARIATION: You can make your wick thinner to see if it changes the results. Of course you can also make it much thicker too.
To do this experiment you need:
a plate
milk
dish washing liquid
food coloring
qtips

Pour milk into a plate. Place a small drop of four food colorings in the center of the milk. Then place a q tip with nothing on it in the center of the drops of food coloring. Talk about what happens.
Then place the end of the q tip in dish soap and then place it in the center of the food coloring (do not stir). Watch what happens.
* What causes the food coloring to travel across the milk is that the dish soap does not mix with the milk. As it spreads out it carries the food coloring along with it.To do this experiment, you need:
a lemon
sugar, if desired
1 tsp. baking soda
water
drinking glass
Squeeze your lemon and place in the drinking glass.
Add water and sugar. Add baking soda and stir. It will make a fizzie lemon drink. When you drink you are aware of the ‘fizz’ but not so much. It is not really very tasty but I imagine you can experiment to further to improve the taste.For this experiment, you will need:
some left over chicken bones (wash them so you are using only the bone)
vinegar
Place the bones in vinegar for 24 hours. Remove from vinegar. At this point you will be able to tie the bones into knots. Set them aside to dry and they will harden again.For this experiment, you will need:
ice cubes (enough for each child who is doing the experiment)
Cups
warm water
Have children predict what will happen when they place the ice cube in a glass of water.
Then have them place the ice cube in the glass. Go back and observe when the ice cube has melted. Talk about what happens.

**The glass will not overflow because when water freezes it contracts thus making it take up less space. When it is placed in the warm water and thaws, it does not take up as much space as anticipated.To do this experiment, you need:
several bottles of diet cola
mentos
brave souls to do the experiment
Place mentos in diet cola and you will have Old Faithful right before your eyes.

If you are doing this with young children, explain that the mentos reacts with the soda (like vinegar and baking soda when combined only BETTER).
If you are doing this with older children, have the children research and find out what causes this to happen.To do this experiment, you need:
three eggs, uncooked
three jars of water
one jar of water, add sugar
one jar of water, add salt
one jar of water…leave plain
Place an egg in each jar. See if the egg floats in any of the jars.
If not, try adding more sugar or salt to the jars.
To do this experiment, you need:
sugar cubes
pliers
plate or dish
dark dark dark room
Go into a dark room…no light visible. Wait a few minutes until your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Then smush the sugar cubes with the pliers. Watch what happens.
**the blue green light that is emitted is called triboluminescence…that a fun word for a spelling bonus word!!
It is thought by some that smushing the lumps of sugar creates uneven electrical charges. Then when the charges get together, they make the flash of light.
TIPS: Be patient and keep trying. I had never done this so wanted to before I published this article. I went into a room that wasn’t as dark as a night with no moon, I saw no sparkles.
Then I went in to a closet and
tried it and was too impatient and saw……..n o t h i n g.
So this morning I got up and went into the closet again and I leaned over, very close to the dish as I thought maybe I wasn’t close enough. And I saw a tiny light show. This is worth doing!! What fun!!
Here is another list of 10 to view:
10 Real Life Math Activities for Kids plus Math Races

Most children love to play computer games. Playing online science games can be a great way for students to learn about science and have fun at the same time. The Internet is a wonderful resource for teachers or parents who want to find entertaining games that are effective teaching tools.
A wide variety of science games are available online. They cover many different topics and are available for all ages, from kindergarten to high school. Some games are only weakly related to science. Others are very educational but can be boring for children. The best games sites get the balance between education and fun just right. Luckily, there are many websites which meet this requirement.
The seven websites that I describe below are the ones that I use most often with my students. I find them all very useful. Most have resources for teachers as well as activities for students. Some are best for younger students while others work better for older students. All of them provide an entertaining way for students to learn about science.The Sheppard Software website has a large collection of free online games in science, math, language arts, geography and history. The site also has informative articles, quizzes, puzzles and brain games. There is also a paint program for very young children which lets them choose a habitat, color the different parts of the background and then drag appropriate animals into the picture.
The games are high quality and are both entertaining and educational for children. There are age-appropriate activities for everyone, from preschool to adults (or so the company claims). An example of one of the games is shown in the video below.
Sheppard Software is a useful site for educators and students. There’s a link to science games on the home page, but there are other sections that would also be helpful for a science curriculum. These include the Animals, Health, Nutrition and Chemistry Quizzes sections. There are games in these sections as well. It’s definitely worth exploring everything that this site has to offer.Science Kids has lots of games about many areas of science. They are simple games that are aimed at young children and teach important concepts.
The Science Kids website is very useful because it contains far more than science games. The site also has facts, instructions and explanations for experiments, project suggestions, quizzes, videos, free photos for presentations, a science joke page and a lesson plan section for educators. Like the Sheppard Software site, Science Kids is a big website that is worth exploring.The Lawrence Hall of Science “24/7 Science” page has an interesting collection of online games and activities on a variety of science topics. One section, called the Nanozone, teaches children about the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. There is also an Earth and Space section and an Arcade Game section.
In addition to the games, the website has quizzes and instructions for science experiments that students can perform at home. The Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science page will eventually have a page for educators, but at the moment this feature is “coming soon”.The PBS site has an extensive collection of science games for young elementary children. The games have a colorful and attractive design and are fun to play. They teach kids basic science facts in an entertaining way.
One very nice feature of the PBS site is that some of the game screens have a link to information or activities related to the game. The linked sections include scie

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October 21, 2014
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Biology, Chemistry, Physics, & Astronomy: The Real Science 4 Kids Curriculum

Physical beauty opens doors, and the best doors are those that beckon purpose along with beauty.
The stories of these four women–all Bible Queens–show that physical beauty is an asset to be nurtured and appreciated; and that it brings more benefits to the wearer when it is combined with beauty of character.
She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite (1 Samuel 25:3).
Before Abigail became the wife of a king, this portrait of brains and beauty was the wife of Nabal, a rich and foul-tempered man. She was wise and he was foolish (that being the meaning of his name). Her name means “my father’s joy,” so we wonder what gave her father joy when he approved her marriage to Nabal. Did it make him happy to have her marry a wealthy man, even though the man was a fool?
In her life with Nabal, Abigail’s wisdom and kindness benefited her more than her beauty. Her sense of reason offset his stupidity. When the mean-spirited Nabal insulted King David and his men by refusing their request for food and water, Abigail appeased the king’s wrath and obtained his forgiveness.
She presented food to David, blessed him and asked to be remembered (hmmm). Not until the next day when Nabal sobered up after a drinking spree, did she tell him she had met with David. Ten days after, Nabal died from a heart attack.
When David heard that Abigail’s husband had died, he sent for her and made her one of his wives. Even if the king was primarily attracted by her physical beauty, it is safe to assume that her tact and kindness played a part in winning his heart.
Abigail would probably say to today’s beautiful woman, “Do not rely solely on your beauty to pave your way. Make use of the wisdom that God gave you.”

Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath (2 Samuel 11: 2, 3 NLT).
David already had six wives who bore him children, plus others, when this incident happened. He was not looking for a wife; besides, the beautiful woman on the roof was Bathsheba a married woman, whose husband was a soldier in David’s army. He inquired about her, so he knew who she was when he sent for her.
Did Bathsheba anticipate the king looking down to her rooftop through the lattice in the palace window above? Did she and the king play this game before? Was either of them motivated by the fact that Uriah was away on the battlefield? People speculate about who seduced whom, but our main concern here is whether or not her beauty was an asset.
If she intentionally set out to seduce David, she acted irresponsibly like the woman who says, “I can’t help it if I’m beautiful, and men are attracted to me.” The result in this case was an unwanted pregnancy and the untimely death of a husband and soldier. (David had Uriah killed so he could have Bathsheba, but he repented later.)
If Bathsheba was taken against her will, and forced into adultery with the king, we would have to conclude that her beauty was clearly a disadvantage. Their love child died. Later, Bathsheba gave birth to Solomon who became king with the help of his mother’s political wrestling maneuvering.
What a positively powerful story the Queen Mother would have had to tell if the story of her beauty did not have adultery and murder attached to it? Who knows how else she might have become David’s wife? Her message would probably be, “Your beauty is a treasure to be cherished and protected; not a toy to be played with.”

On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him . . . to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at (Esther 1:10,11).
King Ahasuerus of Persia held a celebration for his military leaders, nobles and supporters. It was a display of wealth and splendor. During the final day of a seven-day banquet, the king in his drunken stupor requested a new display for his guests to admire: the beautiful Queen Vashti. She refused to comply. The king was embarrassed; and fearing that other women would imitate the queen’s insubordination, his advisers convinced him to replace her with someone better.
Vashti was hurt, not by her beauty, but by the king’s attempt to trivialize it. He aimed to make her an object equal in value to the palace furniture and furnishings. She was not the fearful, subservient kind of woman who would be obedient at the cost of disrespecting herself. She knew abuse and refused to participate in it.
Her message would be, “Beauty is a symptom of a woman’s strength, not weakness. No matter what you lose, maintain your self-respect.”

This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful . . . And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her (Esther 2:7, 15).
Among the beautiful women gathered in the search for a queen to replace Vashti, was a Jewish girl named Hadassah (meaning myrtle) whose Persian name was Esther. She had been adopted by her cousin Mordecai who raised her to be self-confident. Hegai, who was in charge of the candidates favored Esther and “immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food.”
When Esther’s turn came to spend time with King Ahasuerus, he “was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti” (2:17).
Esther’s physical beauty helped her win her royal position, but it was her beauty of character that kept her on the throne. Her obedience to the principles that Mordecai taught her, and her loyalty to her faith motivated her to become involved in the struggles of her Jewish people. She fasted with them in their time of crisis.
When Haman, the king’s chief minister, sought to have Mordecai killed for refusing to bow to him, Esther convinced the king that Haman was the one who deserved death. Eventually, the king gave the Jews the right to bear arms in self-defense.
The beauty of Esther’s femininity and grace was not lost on the king. She became a prominent figure in her nation’s history.Her message would most likely be, “Beauty is God’s investment in you. Use it for His purpose and you will share the benefit.”

© October 2011 by Dora Isaac Weithers. Click profile page for more articles by this author.
Silent Treatment – Part 5 (of 6)As detailed in the introductory article, Are you a Victim of Silent Treatment Emotional Abuse, manipulative, controlling silent treatment has a variety of negative psychological effects on the person on the receiving end of it. However, quite apart from the mental anguish that comes with feelings of isolation, anger, depression, confusion, hurt and/or stress, silent treatment victims may additionally experience physical ailments such as tension headaches, bloodshot eyes, diarrhea or constipation, cold sores, and/or stomach pains, not to mention insomnia and fatigue. Their emotional state might mean they develop an eating disorder e.g. binge eating, not eating enough. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, blood clots, and cancer are some of the more worrying physical health consequences which have been linked to extreme, extended emotional stress. Pre-existing health concerns and complaints will not be aided by emotional stress.
Of course not all stress that leads to physical symptoms is as a result of silent treatment emotional abuse, and not all stress is bad for you. There are a multitude of other reasons why people experience stress and often a combination of reasons are present. However the examples recounted below show how silent treatment, often used by passive aggressive and/or narcissistic personalities, can seriously affect a person’s physical, as well as mental, welfare.When recurring silent treatment is causing you tension, the resultant stress can activate the body’s fight or flight reaction during which hormones are released that impact body processes, (for example, accelerated heart rate, slowed digestion, decreased blood flow). Ongoing stress causes ongoing alterations to normal body systems and this can lead to long term physical symptoms. Click here to read more about emotional stress and physical illnesses.
Franklyn, in his mid forties, has been married to Helen for over 25 years and they have 4 children. To onlookers, Franklyn and his wife had a great marriage and partnership, but what nobody realised was that there were often long periods of time when Helen would not be on speaking terms with Franklyn – weeks on end. The merest of triggers could spark a new chapter of silent treatment. If truth be told, Franklyn was just as likely to be the instigator of a period of not speaking as his wife. The significant difference was that

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Science fair project ideas – Quick and easy project #1 part 2 – Parachutes

Children of all ages find experiments in science a highlight of their school day whether they are home schooling or whether they are in public or private school. It is an opportunity to be actively involved, hands-on time.
There are many sources that you can check to find experiments. Check into AiMS activities on line. They have many inexpensive stimulating science activities for kids of all ages.
It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. I searched and searched until I found experiments that I thought my grandchild would find captivating and fun. I home schooled him. Give these 10 must do science experiments at home with your kids, too.To do this experiment you need:
a baggie
baking soda
1/4 cup water
a tissue or small portion of paper towel
As explained in the video, place the water and vinegar in a baggie. Place 2 tbsp. baking soda in a piece of paper towel or tissue. Fold to make a little pocket. Place in the baggie and quickly zip the baggie. Place in the sink or on the ground if you are outside and watch.
This is so much fun. The vinegar and baking soda work together to make the gas which causes the baggie to ‘pop.’To do this experiment, you need:
two clear plastic or glass cups (or more if you want pairs of children in your home school or classroom to do this).
two paper towels rolled tightly to make a wick
Fill one cup with water. Leave the other one empty.
Place one end of the wick in the water, Drape the other end over the empty cup. Be patient. This takes a while…about 30 to 45 minutes. I left mine set up overnight and the results did not change.
* Capillary action causes the water to travel along little spaces in the fibers of the paper towel thus moving the water from one cup to the next.
VARIATION: You can make your wick thinner to see if it changes the results. Of course you can also make it much thicker too.
To do this experiment you need:
a plate
milk
dish washing liquid
food coloring
qtips

Pour milk into a plate. Place a small drop of four food colorings in the center of the milk. Then place a q tip with nothing on it in the center of the drops of food coloring. Talk about what happens.
Then place the end of the q tip in dish soap and then place it in the center of the food coloring (do not stir). Watch what happens.
* What causes the food coloring to travel across the milk is that the dish soap does not mix with the milk. As it spreads out it carries the food coloring along with it.To do this experiment, you need:
a lemon
sugar, if desired
1 tsp. baking soda
water
drinking glass
Squeeze your lemon and place in the drinking glass.
Add water and sugar. Add baking soda and stir. It will make a fizzie lemon drink. When you drink you are aware of the ‘fizz’ but not so much. It is not really very tasty but I imagine you can experiment to further to improve the taste.For this experiment, you will need:
some left over chicken bones (wash them so you are using only the bone)
vinegar
Place the bones in vinegar for 24 hours. Remove from vinegar. At this point you will be able to tie the bones into knots. Set them aside to dry and they will harden again.For this experiment, you will need:
ice cubes (enough for each child who is doing the experiment)
Cups
warm water
Have children predict what will happen when they place the ice cube in a glass of water.
Then have them place the ice cube in the glass. Go back and observe when the ice cube has melted. Talk about what happens.

**The glass will not overflow because when water freezes it contracts thus making it take up less space. When it is placed in the warm water and thaws, it does not take up as much space as anticipated.To do this experiment, you need:
several bottles of diet cola
mentos
brave souls to do the experiment
Place mentos in diet cola and you will have Old Faithful right before your eyes.

If you are doing this with young children, explain that the mentos reacts with the soda (like vinegar and baking soda when combined only BETTER).
If you are doing this with older children, have the children research and find out what causes this to happen.To do this experiment, you need:
three eggs, uncooked
three jars of water
one jar of water, add sugar
one jar of water, add salt
one jar of water…leave plain
Place an egg in each jar. See if the egg floats in any of the jars.
If not, try adding more sugar or salt to the jars.
To do this experiment, you need:
sugar cubes
pliers
plate or dish
dark dark dark room
Go into a dark room…no light visible. Wait a few minutes until your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Then smush the sugar cubes with the pliers. Watch what happens.
**the blue green light that is emitted is called triboluminescence…that a fun word for a spelling bonus word!!
It is thought by some that smushing the lumps of sugar creates uneven electrical charges. Then when the charges get together, they make the flash of light.
TIPS: Be patient and keep trying. I had never done this so wanted to before I published this article. I went into a room that wasn’t as dark as a night with no moon, I saw no sparkles.
Then I went in to a closet and
tried it and was too impatient and saw……..n o t h i n g.
So this morning I got up and went into the closet again and I leaned over, very close to the dish as I thought maybe I wasn’t close enough. And I saw a tiny light show. This is worth doing!! What fun!!
Here is another list of 10 to view:
10 Real Life Math Activities for Kids plus Math Races

Most children love to play computer games. Playing online science games can be a great way for students to learn about science and have fun at the same time. The Internet is a wonderful resource for teachers or parents who want to find entertaining games that are effective teaching tools.
A wide variety of science games are available online. They cover many different topics and are available for all ages, from kindergarten to high school. Some games are only weakly related to science. Others are very educational but can be boring for children. The best games sites get the balance between education and fun just right. Luckily, there are many websites which meet this requirement.
The seven websites that I describe below are the ones that I use most often with my students. I find them all very useful. Most have resources for teachers as well as activities for students. Some are best for younger students while others work better for older students. All of them provide an entertaining way for students to learn about science.The Sheppard Software website has a large collection of free online games in science, math, language arts, geography and history. The site also has informative articles, quizzes, puzzles and brain games. There is also a paint program for very young children which lets them choose a habitat, color the different parts of the background and then drag appropriate animals into the picture.
The games are high quality and are both entertaining and educational for children. There are age-appropriate activities for everyone, from preschool to adults (or so the company claims). An example of one of the games is shown in the video below.
Sheppard Software is a useful site for educators and students. There’s a link to science games on the home page, but there are other sections that would also be helpful for a science curriculum. These include the Animals, Health, Nutrition and Chemistry Quizzes sections. There are games in these sections as well. It’s definitely worth exploring everything that this site has to offer.Science Kids has lots of games about many areas of science. They are simple games that are aimed at young children and teach important concepts.
The Science Kids website is very useful because it contains far more than science games. The site also has facts, instructions and explanations for experiments, project suggestions, quizzes, videos, free photos for presentations, a science joke page and a lesson plan section for educators. Like the Sheppard Software site, Science Kids is a big website that is worth exploring.The Lawrence Hall of Science “24/7 Science” page has an interesting collection of online games and activities on a variety of science topics. One section, called the Nanozone, teaches children about the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. There is also an Earth and Space section and an Arcade Game section.
In addition to the games, the website has quizzes and instructions for science experiments that students can perform at home. The Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science page will eventually have a page for educators, but at the moment this feature is “coming soon”.The PBS site has an extensive collection of science games for young elementary children. The games have a colorful and attractive design and are fun to play. They teach kids basic science facts in an entertaining way.
One very nice feature of the PBS site is that some of the game screens have a link to information or activities related to the game. The linked sections include scie

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150 Science Argument Essay Topic Ideas

This is a perfect homeschool science project for anyone who has ever wanted to be able to look at soap bubbles for a prolonged period of time. By observing soap bubbles, you can learn a lot about the physics of light wavelengths and about chemistry. In order to observe soap bubbles closely, it is important to be able to create an environment in which the bubbles will be sheltered. This homeschool science project helps you to create that environment!Here are a few things that you will need to complete this project:    •    A solution to make soap bubbles    •    A bubble wand (which usually comes with a bottle of bubbles)    •    A large container. Must be transparent and have an open top. I recommend using a fish aquarium.     •    ½ cup of baking soda:    •    1 cup of vinegar    •    A shallow dish that you will place within the larger container (usually a baking dish fits nicely)Once you have these materials gathered together, you’ll be able to begin your science project! Oh – by the way, this is a great experiment, but you might also want to download a free copy of the Homeschool Science Experiment Guide and workbook to find more great experimentsHere are the steps you’ll need to take:    •    Place your large container on a table where you can easily see through all sides of the container. Also, be sure that the container is away from drafts, such as a draft from an open window.     •    Put your smaller dish into the bottom of the container.    •    Pour the baking soda into the dish.    •    Add the vinegar to the dish with the baking soda.     •    You’ll notice that the mixture will immediately begin to fizz. The vinegar and baking soda are reacting to form carbon dioxide gas. This gas will stay in the larger container, but you won’t be able to see it.    •    When the vinegar and baking soda stop fizzing, blow soap bubbles over the top of the container (but not into the container). They will fall into the container. This is a cool homeschool science project because you will notice that the bubbles don’t sink to the bottom of the container. Because of the carbon dioxide in the container, they will seem to float within the container on top of the layer of carbon dioxide so you can observe them.     •    The bubbles will float gently about on top of the carbon dioxide layer, giving you an excellent opportunity to observe them up close. Record your observations, such as color, size, changes, positions, and movement of the bubbles within the container. Light and Wavelengths. After you have had a chance to observe the bubbles within the container, you’ll notice that bubbles have different colors in them. These colors are caused by light reflections. Each color of light has a different wave length. Because of the curved shape of the bubble, light will be reflected back to you in different wave lengths, causing the different colors. You have also learned about chemical interactions. The carbon dioxide that you created within the container made it possible for the bubbles to float for a longer amount of time than they would be able to float in air. Because they floated for longer, you were able to observe them. Gas, you’ve learned, is heavy; it can hold up bubbles while air makes bubbles fall to the ground.Be sure to record all of your observations for you science report. You’ve learned a lot about chemistry and physics in this simple experiment!This homeschool science experiment may just make you question everything you think you understand about physics – so be ready. In this experiment, you’ll get the real answers to whether or not all heavy objects sink in water. By working on this homeschool science experiment, you’ll also get a clearer understanding of how physics really works…and how nature can sometimes seem like it makes exceptions. Before you get started, there are some materials you’ll need:    •    An 11 or less pound bowling ball    •    A 13 pound or more bowling ball    •    One large aquarium or tub filled with water    •    A 30-inch long piece of string    •    A ruler    •    A scaleOnce you have these materials gathered together, you’re ready to get started by following these steps:    •    Fill the aquarium or tub with water.    •    Place the heavy bowling ball (do not drop it) into the water gently.    •    Record your observations. Does the ball sink or float?    •    Place the lighter bowling ball into the water.     •    Record your observations. What you observed:The heavier bowling ball probably sank to the bottom of the water. The lighter bowling ball probably floated. The reason the heavier ball sank is because it is denser. Denser objects are more likely to sink whereas lighter objects are more likely to float.
So what is density? Density is a measure of the mass and volume of an object. Water has a density of about 1 gram per cubed centimeter. If an object has a greater density than water, then the object will sink in the water. However, if the object has a lower density than water, the object will float. In order to determine the density of an object, you need to know the object’s weight and volume. Didn’t know you’d need to know math for this science project? Don’t forget that math and science often work hand-in-hand as you look for answers. And, by the way, this website is great for homeschool science resources.  To find the volume of your bowling balls, measure the circumference of each ball. To measure the circumference, wrap a piece of string around the ball at the belly (widest part) of the ball. Measure the length of the string using a ruler. Chances are good that the circumference of you ball is about 27 inches. The circumference of a sphere (remember, a bowling ball is a sphere) is two times pie times the radius. Now, to find the volume, use this equation: 4/3 x pie x radius cubed. Next, you need to determine the weight of the bowling balls, which you can find out using your bathroom scale. To find the density of the bowling ball, divide the ball’s weight by the volume in cubic centimeters. If the density is greater than 1 g/cm cubed, the ball will sink. If it is lower, it will float. This physical law is the same for all materials, including ships. For that reason, as long as even the heaviest of ships have a lower density than water, they will float. Now next time you see a ship floating by, you can explain to all of your friends why it floats! Pretty cool experiment, huh?I knew it would happen, I just didn’t know when. Sometime during a college semester, I could usually count on one of my professors standing up and telling a story similar to this one:The dark ages was a time of backwardness and superstition. Religion held back progress and enlightenment. The quintessential example of this oppression was Galileo. He challenged Christianity with his telescope. The Church thought the telescope was bewitched and would not even look through it. They persecuted him and silenced him.This is often used as an example of why religion and science should be segregated. The problem with the story is that it’s a myth, apparently told by people who have little knowledge of the relationship between science and religion in history. But, it has just enough truth to sound plausible. As one of my colleagues is fond of saying, “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”Such a view, which I’ll call the “Conflict Hypothesis” portrays science and religion as mortal enemies, locked in combat for the right to say what is true about reality. After all, “religion is about faith and science is about facts” so the cliché goes. The problem with this theory is that it does not describe much of what has happened historically. This view is less a product of history than a result of some unbelievers who are trying to impose an atheistic Weltanschauung upon society.The Conflict HypothesisThe Conflict Hypothesis is recent, given the long relationship between science and religion. Although hostility toward Christianity flared during the Enlightenment, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century when the Conflict Hypothesis surfaced. Two prominent books that propagated this view were History of the Conflict between Religion and Science by John William Draper and History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom by Andrew Dickson White.Today, both books have been discredited, but their underlying thesis continues to have a long shelf life. As Dinesh D’Souza has recently said, “historians are virtually unanimous in holding that the whole science versus religion story is a nineteenth century fabrication.” (1) Recently, scholars have brought in a richer body of knowledge than just the old Enlightenment apologia and have argued for a more complex picture of the

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Physical beauty opens doors, and the best doors are those that beckon purpose along with beauty.
The stories of these four women–all Bible Queens–show that physical beauty is an asset to be nurtured and appreciated; and that it brings more benefits to the wearer when it is combined with beauty of character.
She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite (1 Samuel 25:3).
Before Abigail became the wife of a king, this portrait of brains and beauty was the wife of Nabal, a rich and foul-tempered man. She was wise and he was foolish (that being the meaning of his name). Her name means “my father’s joy,” so we wonder what gave her father joy when he approved her marriage to Nabal. Did it make him happy to have her marry a wealthy man, even though the man was a fool?
In her life with Nabal, Abigail’s wisdom and kindness benefited her more than her beauty. Her sense of reason offset his stupidity. When the mean-spirited Nabal insulted King David and his men by refusing their request for food and water, Abigail appeased the king’s wrath and obtained his forgiveness.
She presented food to David, blessed him and asked to be remembered (hmmm). Not until the next day when Nabal sobered up after a drinking spree, did she tell him she had met with David. Ten days after, Nabal died from a heart attack.
When David heard that Abigail’s husband had died, he sent for her and made her one of his wives. Even if the king was primarily attracted by her physical beauty, it is safe to assume that her tact and kindness played a part in winning his heart.
Abigail would probably say to today’s beautiful woman, “Do not rely solely on your beauty to pave your way. Make use of the wisdom that God gave you.”

Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath (2 Samuel 11: 2, 3 NLT).
David already had six wives who bore him children, plus others, when this incident happened. He was not looking for a wife; besides, the beautiful woman on the roof was Bathsheba a married woman, whose husband was a soldier in David’s army. He inquired about her, so he knew who she was when he sent for her.
Did Bathsheba anticipate the king looking down to her rooftop through the lattice in the palace window above? Did she and the king play this game before? Was either of them motivated by the fact that Uriah was away on the battlefield? People speculate about who seduced whom, but our main concern here is whether or not her beauty was an asset.
If she intentionally set out to seduce David, she acted irresponsibly like the woman who says, “I can’t help it if I’m beautiful, and men are attracted to me.” The result in this case was an unwanted pregnancy and the untimely death of a husband and soldier. (David had Uriah killed so he could have Bathsheba, but he repented later.)
If Bathsheba was taken against her will, and forced into adultery with the king, we would have to conclude that her beauty was clearly a disadvantage. Their love child died. Later, Bathsheba gave birth to Solomon who became king with the help of his mother’s political wrestling maneuvering.
What a positively powerful story the Queen Mother would have had to tell if the story of her beauty did not have adultery and murder attached to it? Who knows how else she might have become David’s wife? Her message would probably be, “Your beauty is a treasure to be cherished and protected; not a toy to be played with.”

On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him . . . to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at (Esther 1:10,11).
King Ahasuerus of Persia held a celebration for his military leaders, nobles and supporters. It was a display of wealth and splendor. During the final day of a seven-day banquet, the king in his drunken stupor requested a new display for his guests to admire: the beautiful Queen Vashti. She refused to comply. The king was embarrassed; and fearing that other women would imitate the queen’s insubordination, his advisers convinced him to replace her with someone better.
Vashti was hurt, not by her beauty, but by the king’s attempt to trivialize it. He aimed to make her an object equal in value to the palace furniture and furnishings. She was not the fearful, subservient kind of woman who would be obedient at the cost of disrespecting herself. She knew abuse and refused to participate in it.
Her message would be, “Beauty is a symptom of a woman’s strength, not weakness. No matter what you lose, maintain your self-respect.”

This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful . . . And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her (Esther 2:7, 15).
Among the beautiful women gathered in the search for a queen to replace Vashti, was a Jewish girl named Hadassah (meaning myrtle) whose Persian name was Esther. She had been adopted by her cousin Mordecai who raised her to be self-confident. Hegai, who was in charge of the candidates favored Esther and “immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food.”
When Esther’s turn came to spend time with King Ahasuerus, he “was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti” (2:17).
Esther’s physical beauty helped her win her royal position, but it was her beauty of character that kept her on the throne. Her obedience to the principles that Mordecai taught her, and her loyalty to her faith motivated her to become involved in the struggles of her Jewish people. She fasted with them in their time of crisis.
When Haman, the king’s chief minister, sought to have Mordecai killed for refusing to bow to him, Esther convinced the king that Haman was the one who deserved death. Eventually, the king gave the Jews the right to bear arms in self-defense.
The beauty of Esther’s femininity and grace was not lost on the king. She became a prominent figure in her nation’s history.Her message would most likely be, “Beauty is God’s investment in you. Use it for His purpose and you will share the benefit.”

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Silent Treatment – Part 5 (of 6)As detailed in the introductory article, Are you a Victim of Silent Treatment Emotional Abuse, manipulative, controlling silent treatment has a variety of negative psychological effects on the person on the receiving end of it. However, quite apart from the mental anguish that comes with feelings of isolation, anger, depression, confusion, hurt and/or stress, silent treatment victims may additionally experience physical ailments such as tension headaches, bloodshot eyes, diarrhea or constipation, cold sores, and/or stomach pains, not to mention insomnia and fatigue. Their emotional state might mean they develop an eating disorder e.g. binge eating, not eating enough. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, blood clots, and cancer are some of the more worrying physical health consequences which have been linked to extreme, extended emotional stress. Pre-existing health concerns and complaints will not be aided by emotional stress.
Of course not all stress that leads to physical symptoms is as a result of silent treatment emotional abuse, and not all stress is bad for you. There are a multitude of other reasons why people experience stress and often a combination of reasons are present. However the examples recounted below show how silent treatment, often used by passive aggressive and/or narcissistic personalities, can seriously affect a person’s physical, as well as mental, welfare.When recurring silent treatment is causing you tension, the resultant stress can activate the body’s fight or flight reaction during which hormones are released that impact body processes, (for example, accelerated heart rate, slowed digestion, decreased blood flow). Ongoing stress causes ongoing alterations to normal body systems and this can lead to long term physical symptoms. Click here to read more about emotional stress and physical illnesses.
Franklyn, in his mid forties, has been married to Helen for over 25 years and they have 4 children. To onlookers, Franklyn and his wife had a great marriage and partnership, but what nobody realised was that there were often long periods of time when Helen would not be on speaking terms with Franklyn – weeks on end. The merest of triggers could spark a new chapter of silent treatment. If truth be told, Franklyn was just as likely to be the instigator of a period of not speaking as his wife. The significant difference was that

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This is a perfect homeschool science project for anyone who has ever wanted to be able to look at soap bubbles for a prolonged period of time. By observing soap bubbles, you can learn a lot about the physics of light wavelengths and about chemistry. In order to observe soap bubbles closely, it is important to be able to create an environment in which the bubbles will be sheltered. This homeschool science project helps you to create that environment!Here are a few things that you will need to complete this project:    •    A solution to make soap bubbles    •    A bubble wand (which usually comes with a bottle of bubbles)    •    A large container. Must be transparent and have an open top. I recommend using a fish aquarium.     •    ½ cup of baking soda:    •    1 cup of vinegar    •    A shallow dish that you will place within the larger container (usually a baking dish fits nicely)Once you have these materials gathered together, you’ll be able to begin your science project! Oh – by the way, this is a great experiment, but you might also want to download a free copy of the Homeschool Science Experiment Guide and workbook to find more great experimentsHere are the steps you’ll need to take:    •    Place your large container on a table where you can easily see through all sides of the container. Also, be sure that the container is away from drafts, such as a draft from an open window.     •    Put your smaller dish into the bottom of the container.    •    Pour the baking soda into the dish.    •    Add the vinegar to the dish with the baking soda.     •    You’ll notice that the mixture will immediately begin to fizz. The vinegar and baking soda are reacting to form carbon dioxide gas. This gas will stay in the larger container, but you won’t be able to see it.    •    When the vinegar and baking soda stop fizzing, blow soap bubbles over the top of the container (but not into the container). They will fall into the container. This is a cool homeschool science project because you will notice that the bubbles don’t sink to the bottom of the container. Because of the carbon dioxide in the container, they will seem to float within the container on top of the layer of carbon dioxide so you can observe them.     •    The bubbles will float gently about on top of the carbon dioxide layer, giving you an excellent opportunity to observe them up close. Record your observations, such as color, size, changes, positions, and movement of the bubbles within the container. Light and Wavelengths. After you have had a chance to observe the bubbles within the container, you’ll notice that bubbles have different colors in them. These colors are caused by light reflections. Each color of light has a different wave length. Because of the curved shape of the bubble, light will be reflected back to you in different wave lengths, causing the different colors. You have also learned about chemical interactions. The carbon dioxide that you created within the container made it possible for the bubbles to float for a longer amount of time than they would be able to float in air. Because they floated for longer, you were able to observe them. Gas, you’ve learned, is heavy; it can hold up bubbles while air makes bubbles fall to the ground.Be sure to record all of your observations for you science report. You’ve learned a lot about chemistry and physics in this simple experiment!This homeschool science experiment may just make you question everything you think you understand about physics – so be ready. In this experiment, you’ll get the real answers to whether or not all heavy objects sink in water. By working on this homeschool science experiment, you’ll also get a clearer understanding of how physics really works…and how nature can sometimes seem like it makes exceptions. Before you get started, there are some materials you’ll need:    •    An 11 or less pound bowling ball    •    A 13 pound or more bowling ball    •    One large aquarium or tub filled with water    •    A 30-inch long piece of string    •    A ruler    •    A scaleOnce you have these materials gathered together, you’re ready to get started by following these steps:    •    Fill the aquarium or tub with water.    •    Place the heavy bowling ball (do not drop it) into the water gently.    •    Record your observations. Does the ball sink or float?    •    Place the lighter bowling ball into the water.     •    Record your observations. What you observed:The heavier bowling ball probably sank to the bottom of the water. The lighter bowling ball probably floated. The reason the heavier ball sank is because it is denser. Denser objects are more likely to sink whereas lighter objects are more likely to float.
So what is density? Density is a measure of the mass and volume of an object. Water has a density of about 1 gram per cubed centimeter. If an object has a greater density than water, then the object will sink in the water. However, if the object has a lower density than water, the object will float. In order to determine the density of an object, you need to know the object’s weight and volume. Didn’t know you’d need to know math for this science project? Don’t forget that math and science often work hand-in-hand as you look for answers. And, by the way, this website is great for homeschool science resources.  To find the volume of your bowling balls, measure the circumference of each ball. To measure the circumference, wrap a piece of string around the ball at the belly (widest part) of the ball. Measure the length of the string using a ruler. Chances are good that the circumference of you ball is about 27 inches. The circumference of a sphere (remember, a bowling ball is a sphere) is two times pie times the radius. Now, to find the volume, use this equation: 4/3 x pie x radius cubed. Next, you need to determine the weight of the bowling balls, which you can find out using your bathroom scale. To find the density of the bowling ball, divide the ball’s weight by the volume in cubic centimeters. If the density is greater than 1 g/cm cubed, the ball will sink. If it is lower, it will float. This physical law is the same for all materials, including ships. For that reason, as long as even the heaviest of ships have a lower density than water, they will float. Now next time you see a ship floating by, you can explain to all of your friends why it floats! Pretty cool experiment, huh?I knew it would happen, I just didn’t know when. Sometime during a college semester, I could usually count on one of my professors standing up and telling a story similar to this one:The dark ages was a time of backwardness and superstition. Religion held back progress and enlightenment. The quintessential example of this oppression was Galileo. He challenged Christianity with his telescope. The Church thought the telescope was bewitched and would not even look through it. They persecuted him and silenced him.This is often used as an example of why religion and science should be segregated. The problem with the story is that it’s a myth, apparently told by people who have little knowledge of the relationship between science and religion in history. But, it has just enough truth to sound plausible. As one of my colleagues is fond of saying, “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”Such a view, which I’ll call the “Conflict Hypothesis” portrays science and religion as mortal enemies, locked in combat for the right to say what is true about reality. After all, “religion is about faith and science is about facts” so the cliché goes. The problem with this theory is that it does not describe much of what has happened historically. This view is less a product of history than a result of some unbelievers who are trying to impose an atheistic Weltanschauung upon society.The Conflict HypothesisThe Conflict Hypothesis is recent, given the long relationship between science and religion. Although hostility toward Christianity flared during the Enlightenment, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century when the Conflict Hypothesis surfaced. Two prominent books that propagated this view were History of the Conflict between Religion and Science by John William Draper and History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom by Andrew Dickson White.Today, both books have been discredited, but their underlying thesis continues to have a long shelf life. As Dinesh D’Souza has recently said, “historians are virtually unanimous in holding that the whole science versus religion story is a nineteenth century fabrication.” (1) Recently, scholars have brought in a richer body of knowledge than just the old Enlightenment apologia and have argued for a more complex picture of the

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Children of all ages find experiments in science a highlight of their school day whether they are home schooling or whether they are in public or private school. It is an opportunity to be actively involved, hands-on time.
There are many sources that you can check to find experiments. Check into AiMS activities on line. They have many inexpensive stimulating science activities for kids of all ages.
It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. I searched and searched until I found experiments that I thought my grandchild would find captivating and fun. I home schooled him. Give these 10 must do science experiments at home with your kids, too.To do this experiment you need:
a baggie
baking soda
1/4 cup water
a tissue or small portion of paper towel
As explained in the video, place the water and vinegar in a baggie. Place 2 tbsp. baking soda in a piece of paper towel or tissue. Fold to make a little pocket. Place in the baggie and quickly zip the baggie. Place in the sink or on the ground if you are outside and watch.
This is so much fun. The vinegar and baking soda work together to make the gas which causes the baggie to ‘pop.’To do this experiment, you need:
two clear plastic or glass cups (or more if you want pairs of children in your home school or classroom to do this).
two paper towels rolled tightly to make a wick
Fill one cup with water. Leave the other one empty.
Place one end of the wick in the water, Drape the other end over the empty cup. Be patient. This takes a while…about 30 to 45 minutes. I left mine set up overnight and the results did not change.
* Capillary action causes the water to travel along little spaces in the fibers of the paper towel thus moving the water from one cup to the next.
VARIATION: You can make your wick thinner to see if it changes the results. Of course you can also make it much thicker too.
To do this experiment you need:
a plate
milk
dish washing liquid
food coloring
qtips

Pour milk into a plate. Place a small drop of four food colorings in the center of the milk. Then place a q tip with nothing on it in the center of the drops of food coloring. Talk about what happens.
Then place the end of the q tip in dish soap and then place it in the center of the food coloring (do not stir). Watch what happens.
* What causes the food coloring to travel across the milk is that the dish soap does not mix with the milk. As it spreads out it carries the food coloring along with it.To do this experiment, you need:
a lemon
sugar, if desired
1 tsp. baking soda
water
drinking glass
Squeeze your lemon and place in the drinking glass.
Add water and sugar. Add baking soda and stir. It will make a fizzie lemon drink. When you drink you are aware of the ‘fizz’ but not so much. It is not really very tasty but I imagine you can experiment to further to improve the taste.For this experiment, you will need:
some left over chicken bones (wash them so you are using only the bone)
vinegar
Place the bones in vinegar for 24 hours. Remove from vinegar. At this point you will be able to tie the bones into knots. Set them aside to dry and they will harden again.For this experiment, you will need:
ice cubes (enough for each child who is doing the experiment)
Cups
warm water
Have children predict what will happen when they place the ice cube in a glass of water.
Then have them place the ice cube in the glass. Go back and observe when the ice cube has melted. Talk about what happens.

**The glass will not overflow because when water freezes it contracts thus making it take up less space. When it is placed in the warm water and thaws, it does not take up as much space as anticipated.To do this experiment, you need:
several bottles of diet cola
mentos
brave souls to do the experiment
Place mentos in diet cola and you will have Old Faithful right before your eyes.

If you are doing this with young children, explain that the mentos reacts with the soda (like vinegar and baking soda when combined only BETTER).
If you are doing this with older children, have the children research and find out what causes this to happen.To do this experiment, you need:
three eggs, uncooked
three jars of water
one jar of water, add sugar
one jar of water, add salt
one jar of water…leave plain
Place an egg in each jar. See if the egg floats in any of the jars.
If not, try adding more sugar or salt to the jars.
To do this experiment, you need:
sugar cubes
pliers
plate or dish
dark dark dark room
Go into a dark room…no light visible. Wait a few minutes until your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Then smush the sugar cubes with the pliers. Watch what happens.
**the blue green light that is emitted is called triboluminescence…that a fun word for a spelling bonus word!!
It is thought by some that smushing the lumps of sugar creates uneven electrical charges. Then when the charges get together, they make the flash of light.
TIPS: Be patient and keep trying. I had never done this so wanted to before I published this article. I went into a room that wasn’t as dark as a night with no moon, I saw no sparkles.
Then I went in to a closet and
tried it and was too impatient and saw……..n o t h i n g.
So this morning I got up and went into the closet again and I leaned over, very close to the dish as I thought maybe I wasn’t close enough. And I saw a tiny light show. This is worth doing!! What fun!!
Here is another list of 10 to view:
10 Real Life Math Activities for Kids plus Math Races

Most children love to play computer games. Playing online science games can be a great way for students to learn about science and have fun at the same time. The Internet is a wonderful resource for teachers or parents who want to find entertaining games that are effective teaching tools.
A wide variety of science games are available online. They cover many different topics and are available for all ages, from kindergarten to high school. Some games are only weakly related to science. Others are very educational but can be boring for children. The best games sites get the balance between education and fun just right. Luckily, there are many websites which meet this requirement.
The seven websites that I describe below are the ones that I use most often with my students. I find them all very useful. Most have resources for teachers as well as activities for students. Some are best for younger students while others work better for older students. All of them provide an entertaining way for students to learn about science.The Sheppard Software website has a large collection of free online games in science, math, language arts, geography and history. The site also has informative articles, quizzes, puzzles and brain games. There is also a paint program for very young children which lets them choose a habitat, color the different parts of the background and then drag appropriate animals into the picture.
The games are high quality and are both entertaining and educational for children. There are age-appropriate activities for everyone, from preschool to adults (or so the company claims). An example of one of the games is shown in the video below.
Sheppard Software is a useful site for educators and students. There’s a link to science games on the home page, but there are other sections that would also be helpful for a science curriculum. These include the Animals, Health, Nutrition and Chemistry Quizzes sections. There are games in these sections as well. It’s definitely worth exploring everything that this site has to offer.Science Kids has lots of games about many areas of science. They are simple games that are aimed at young children and teach important concepts.
The Science Kids website is very useful because it contains far more than science games. The site also has facts, instructions and explanations for experiments, project suggestions, quizzes, videos, free photos for presentations, a science joke page and a lesson plan section for educators. Like the Sheppard Software site, Science Kids is a big website that is worth exploring.The Lawrence Hall of Science “24/7 Science” page has an interesting collection of online games and activities on a variety of science topics. One section, called the Nanozone, teaches children about the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. There is also an Earth and Space section and an Arcade Game section.
In addition to the games, the website has quizzes and instructions for science experiments that students can perform at home. The Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science page will eventually have a page for educators, but at the moment this feature is “coming soon”.The PBS site has an extensive collection of science games for young elementary children. The games have a colorful and attractive design and are fun to play. They teach kids basic science facts in an entertaining way.
One very nice feature of the PBS site is that some of the game screens have a link to information or activities related to the game. The linked sections include scie

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Children of all ages find experiments in science a highlight of their school day whether they are home schooling or whether they are in public or private school. It is an opportunity to be actively involved, hands-on time.
There are many sources that you can check to find experiments. Check into AiMS activities on line. They have many inexpensive stimulating science activities for kids of all ages.
It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. I searched and searched until I found experiments that I thought my grandchild would find captivating and fun. I home schooled him. Give these 10 must do science experiments at home with your kids, too.To do this experiment you need:
a baggie
baking soda
1/4 cup water
a tissue or small portion of paper towel
As explained in the video, place the water and vinegar in a baggie. Place 2 tbsp. baking soda in a piece of paper towel or tissue. Fold to make a little pocket. Place in the baggie and quickly zip the baggie. Place in the sink or on the ground if you are outside and watch.
This is so much fun. The vinegar and baking soda work together to make the gas which causes the baggie to ‘pop.’To do this experiment, you need:
two clear plastic or glass cups (or more if you want pairs of children in your home school or classroom to do this).
two paper towels rolled tightly to make a wick
Fill one cup with water. Leave the other one empty.
Place one end of the wick in the water, Drape the other end over the empty cup. Be patient. This takes a while…about 30 to 45 minutes. I left mine set up overnight and the results did not change.
* Capillary action causes the water to travel along little spaces in the fibers of the paper towel thus moving the water from one cup to the next.
VARIATION: You can make your wick thinner to see if it changes the results. Of course you can also make it much thicker too.
To do this experiment you need:
a plate
milk
dish washing liquid
food coloring
qtips

Pour milk into a plate. Place a small drop of four food colorings in the center of the milk. Then place a q tip with nothing on it in the center of the drops of food coloring. Talk about what happens.
Then place the end of the q tip in dish soap and then place it in the center of the food coloring (do not stir). Watch what happens.
* What causes the food coloring to travel across the milk is that the dish soap does not mix with the milk. As it spreads out it carries the food coloring along with it.To do this experiment, you need:
a lemon
sugar, if desired
1 tsp. baking soda
water
drinking glass
Squeeze your lemon and place in the drinking glass.
Add water and sugar. Add baking soda and stir. It will make a fizzie lemon drink. When you drink you are aware of the ‘fizz’ but not so much. It is not really very tasty but I imagine you can experiment to further to improve the taste.For this experiment, you will need:
some left over chicken bones (wash them so you are using only the bone)
vinegar
Place the bones in vinegar for 24 hours. Remove from vinegar. At this point you will be able to tie the bones into knots. Set them aside to dry and they will harden again.For this experiment, you will need:
ice cubes (enough for each child who is doing the experiment)
Cups
warm water
Have children predict what will happen when they place the ice cube in a glass of water.
Then have them place the ice cube in the glass. Go back and observe when the ice cube has melted. Talk about what happens.

**The glass will not overflow because when water freezes it contracts thus making it take up less space. When it is placed in the warm water and thaws, it does not take up as much space as anticipated.To do this experiment, you need:
several bottles of diet cola
mentos
brave souls to do the experiment
Place mentos in diet cola and you will have Old Faithful right before your eyes.

If you are doing this with young children, explain that the mentos reacts with the soda (like vinegar and baking soda when combined only BETTER).
If you are doing this with older children, have the children research and find out what causes this to happen.To do this experiment, you need:
three eggs, uncooked
three jars of water
one jar of water, add sugar
one jar of water, add salt
one jar of water…leave plain
Place an egg in each jar. See if the egg floats in any of the jars.
If not, try adding more sugar or salt to the jars.
To do this experiment, you need:
sugar cubes
pliers
plate or dish
dark dark dark room
Go into a dark room…no light visible. Wait a few minutes until your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Then smush the sugar cubes with the pliers. Watch what happens.
**the blue green light that is emitted is called triboluminescence…that a fun word for a spelling bonus word!!
It is thought by some that smushing the lumps of sugar creates uneven electrical charges. Then when the charges get together, they make the flash of light.
TIPS: Be patient and keep trying. I had never done this so wanted to before I published this article. I went into a room that wasn’t as dark as a night with no moon, I saw no sparkles.
Then I went in to a closet and
tried it and was too impatient and saw……..n o t h i n g.
So this morning I got up and went into the closet again and I leaned over, very close to the dish as I thought maybe I wasn’t close enough. And I saw a tiny light show. This is worth doing!! What fun!!
Here is another list of 10 to view:
10 Real Life Math Activities for Kids plus Math Races

Most children love to play computer games. Playing online science games can be a great way for students to learn about science and have fun at the same time. The Internet is a wonderful resource for teachers or parents who want to find entertaining games that are effective teaching tools.
A wide variety of science games are available online. They cover many different topics and are available for all ages, from kindergarten to high school. Some games are only weakly related to science. Others are very educational but can be boring for children. The best games sites get the balance between education and fun just right. Luckily, there are many websites which meet this requirement.
The seven websites that I describe below are the ones that I use most often with my students. I find them all very useful. Most have resources for teachers as well as activities for students. Some are best for younger students while others work better for older students. All of them provide an entertaining way for students to learn about science.The Sheppard Software website has a large collection of free online games in science, math, language arts, geography and history. The site also has informative articles, quizzes, puzzles and brain games. There is also a paint program for very young children which lets them choose a habitat, color the different parts of the background and then drag appropriate animals into the picture.
The games are high quality and are both entertaining and educational for children. There are age-appropriate activities for everyone, from preschool to adults (or so the company claims). An example of one of the games is shown in the video below.
Sheppard Software is a useful site for educators and students. There’s a link to science games on the home page, but there are other sections that would also be helpful for a science curriculum. These include the Animals, Health, Nutrition and Chemistry Quizzes sections. There are games in these sections as well. It’s definitely worth exploring everything that this site has to offer.Science Kids has lots of games about many areas of science. They are simple games that are aimed at young children and teach important concepts.
The Science Kids website is very useful because it contains far more than science games. The site also has facts, instructions and explanations for experiments, project suggestions, quizzes, videos, free photos for presentations, a science joke page and a lesson plan section for educators. Like the Sheppard Software site, Science Kids is a big website that is worth exploring.The Lawrence Hall of Science “24/7 Science” page has an interesting collection of online games and activities on a variety of science topics. One section, called the Nanozone, teaches children about the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. There is also an Earth and Space section and an Arcade Game section.
In addition to the games, the website has quizzes and instructions for science experiments that students can perform at home. The Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science page will eventually have a page for educators, but at the moment this feature is “coming soon”.The PBS site has an extensive collection of science games for young elementary children. The games have a colorful and attractive design and are fun to play. They teach kids basic science facts in an entertaining way.
One very nice feature of the PBS site is that some of the game screens have a link to information or activities related to the game. The linked sections include scie

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It’s true that some games just don’t have a positive influence. I for one cannot comprehend how Grand Theft Auto could possibly influence anyone in any favorable way. Both the antagonists and protagonists are often in the wrong, and the drugs, sex, and other explicit material just aren’t meant for anyone without an already sound set of moral convictions. What about other games? Does an M rating always mean no good? The psychological, educational, and intellectualizing effects of games must be judged on a game-to-game basis.Of course videogames have a psychological impact on a child. They have a psychological impact on everyone to some extent. But does it always have to be bad? Just because an antagonist may be insane, doesn’t mean he or she will always impact the individual directly. Sometimes the bad guy seeing the error of his ways is enough to convince someone to make the correct conclusion of right and wrong. Not all games are violent either, and even if they are, are they actually contributing to the individual becoming violent? In reality, violence is a part of being human. There is violence in sports, history, nature and even the Bible. To single out videogames for this reason is therefore somewhat impractical. A better approach would be to personally impart an understanding that violence isn’t cool or necessary. The only true means to hide a person from violence is to hide him or her from world.The world must be embraced for educational purposes. One of the criticisms that videogames receive is that they “uneducate the youth.” I practically learned how to read thanks to Pokemon and Zelda. These games forced me to read in order to move on in the plot and they did so in an interactive fashion. Of course, I also give credit to other things for teaching me how to read, but this one cannot be overlooked. Some people claim that games also distract children from reading novels and motivate them to skip out on schoolwork. So does television and playing outside. It’s the parents’ job to make sure their little students are becoming well rounded and remain undistracted, and if the parent feels that a complete upbringing shouldn’t involve games, I suppose that’s their decision. Their kids might just be missing out. Videogames can even have a positive impact beyond simple education.Games such as Pokemon and Zelda help to build tactician and problem-solving skills. Without an inclination for team building and proper planning, there’s no way someone can become a Pokemon master. Likewise, it can take intensive thought to figure out how to take down the boss at the end of a temple or to deduce the order in which tiles must be stepped on in order to open a door as is the case in Zelda. Our culture sometimes embraces what we already know and neglects to impart the skills to create knowledge. Videogames can be some of the greatest educators in this respect.In recent years, game developers have created games specifically for the purpose of improving mental processes. Even in the past, games like sudoku were released for certain platforms. Nintendo in specific has taken great measures to create a whole line of games that are “smart person” friendly. On their DS platform, Nintendo has created games such as Brain Age and Scripps Spelling Bee. Obviously, games are not only meant for pure entertainment unless those are the games being chosen.As all decisions are rarely black and white, good or bad, neither are videogames. A great deal can be obtained by embracing the future, and videogames are a part of mankind’s future. Prejudicing all games is really just an exhibition of misguided ignorance for what is not entirely understood. A more level-headed approach would be to pick and choose the good and the bad.Video games are great tools for training many physical traits as well. They won’t make you look better (or will they?) but they can make a person more skilled. Video games can improve hand-eye coordination, reflexes and more recently, give you a good at home workout. They can even help to improve a person’s voice, rhythm and balance!Especially with inventions such as Wii sports and Xbox Kinect, video games improve hand-eye coordination. The benefits go all the way back to Duck Hunt. Even the standard shooter game helps with coordination. I can tell you that first hand. I’ve always played shooter games and the first time I went shooting, I was a natural bulls-eye. They had me aiming up shots while standing while everyone else had to use two sandbags. The avid hunter of the group glared every day I took that rifle class.This one is a bit obvious. I can’t count how many games demand proper timing and quick movements. That’s because it’s probably all of them, all the way back to Pong. Literally every shooter game requires a person to react almost instantaneously. Sports and race car games require immediate reactions as well. Dance Dance Revolution and other dancing games not only help to improve reflexes, but provide a decent workout as well.I mentioned Dance Dance Revolution, but leaving it at that wouldn’t give other games enough credit. Just Dance 1, 2 and 3 are also some popular games up there. You don’t have to dance to get a workout either. Wii Sports and a whole plethora of Kinect games also help give a person a workout. Most of these games are so geared towards physical fitness that they have workout routines and even calorie counters. If its the winter season, you can’t afford a gym membership or you know you won’t get off the couch otherwise, I would strongly suggest video games as a way to get you active.Games such as Sing Star and Rock Band can improve a person’s voice. Not only do these games judge the voice in order to point out flaws in tone and other important singing attributes, but they also make a person use his or her singing muscles, thus strengthening them. This being the case, a singing game shows a person where he or she needs to improve while simultaneously helping him or her to be able to hit the right notes, hold a note for longer and sing with power! Games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero also help to improve a person’s rhythm (in obvious ways.) My personal favorite, Donkey Kong Konga, is quite literally all about rhythm. The controller is done away with in this game and the gamer actually uses electronic bongos to play. More recently the Wii has brought in some other rhythm games (if I didn’t mention this a million times.) Still, the rhythmic benefits to video games cannot be dismissed.Besides the balance improvements made from dancing games like DDR, the Wii has somewhat recently come out with an actual balance unit. That’s right, they’re doing this all on purpose. some Kinect games require a mimicing of movements as well, which sometimes include the necessity to stand on one leg or do something that requires some form of balance.Video games have a ridiculous number of benefits. These are pretty much limitless as technology improves. Furthermore, I’ve only breached the surface here, without mentioning the stress relief involved in gaming (which is dependent on the person.)Picking a subject to study at university can be one of the most difficult and important decisions for an individual to make. In this article, I will list the main reasons why physics is a good choice for a wide array of intellectually capable young people.
Physics is the study of the workings and limitations of nature’s laws. It is the oldest academic discipline, and the most widely respected. From Newton to Einstein, the greatest geniuses who have ever lived were physicists. Whether you are still at school, or choosing a university degree, there are a number of reasons to consider studying physics.Whether you want to become a professor or a banker, the skills you acquire during a physics degree are sought after by employers across the occupational spectrum. One of the most important skills to learn is mathematics. However, a physics education does a lot more than teach you how to add up; it teaches how to use your knowledge to solve practical problems. Children often ask what the point of learning maths is. The answer is evinced in the study of physics through novel experiments that replicate real world phenomena. These experiments and examples provide an avenue through which an individual can understand the relevance of the knowledge they are taught. Employers crave this skill because they want practical individuals who can apply their knowledge to their work.
Physics degrees teach students how to use computers, make graphs, understand trends, patterns and causal factors, solve complex problems, and write essays in clear, concise language that avoids the purple prose that is so often applauded in English degrees. For almost any job in the world, a physics degree will put you in an excellent position to succeed, and for the most part, employers recognise this.Dr. Thomas Swan studied physics at undergr

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Weird, wacky, sticky, gross, and icky science kits are great gifts for kids. It is no secret that children love to investigate yucky stuff.
When it comes to discovering how and why things work the way they do, well give that job to a kid, and he or she will figure it out in no time.
So keep this information in mind when it comes to birthday or Christmas gift shopping time. There are hundreds of weird science books, experiments, and kits that a kid on your gift list would love to receive.
How can you be a science kid if you haven’t made a volcano that blows?
This is one science experiment that is fun for both kids and adults alike.
Get out the baking soda and vinegar because you will need it for this fun science project.If your brain is performing sluggishly, underachieving, and tossing away brain cells faster than a shopaholic counting out coins at a blue light sale, then you may need to add into your diet plan some special food for your brain.Studies are suggesting that there are indeed foods that your brain requires to keep it working at peak performance…..Food For The Brain.Science Research topics are interesting and easy to research because there are many current journals which are online. I give you a good start by providing lots of links to good science articles.
Start by browsing through the Science Research Topic questions below, then look at some of the linked articles, or search for your topic online by following the science research links. Depending on the requirements of your instructor, you may find everything you need just from this article. Need help writing? Check out the blue box below or get started with How to write a research paper.Can microbial factories be an answer to the shortage of raw metals?
Is the paleo diet (eating mostly meat) really the way pre-historic people lived? Is it the optimal diet for humans?
Is the resistance to genetically modified crops in Europe about science or economics?
Is autism a kind of brain damage?
How can we help autistic savants become productive members of society?
Are annual doctor’s check-ups really necessary? Are they really the best way to help people stay healthy?
Can endangered areas and animals be saved by helping natives develop businesses like raising tropical fish, or ecotourism?
Can researching rare genetic disorders help provide keys to understanding cancer and other illnesses? (see Laron syndrome).
How important is it to explore our solar system? Is space exploration really necessary?
What is Dark Energy? What do we really know about the universe we live in?
Why do we sleep? How much sleep do we really need?
What is chronic fatigue? Is it a real disease and if so, what causes it? Can it be cured?
Is it beneficial or harmful for wild animals to have interactions with people?
Which of the current science fiction movies is the most plausible? (pick one or more and evaluate the science of the movie).
How well do science museums really teach science?
Why do birds have such beautifully colored feathers?
Scientists who study Behavioral Epigenetics suggest that traumatic experiences such as the Holocaust or the Cultural Revolution in China actually affect the DNA handed down to the next generation. Is Behavioral Epigenetics true? If so, how should we apply this idea?
How are insects being used as models for miniature robots?
What have we learned about the universe from meteorites?
Did humans interbreed with Neanderthals?
How did human speech develop? Are there clues we can find in researching primate social interactions?
How do we remember things? How reliable are our memories in recalling how things really happened?
Why are some diseases thought conquered like Whooping Cough, returning to infect people?
Why do animals hibernate?
As men age, do they pass on genetic abnormalities to their children?
How can miniaturized electronics be used to help people with chronic diseases?
What nano technology developments are currently in development for medicine?
What is the effect of nanotechnology on research and development of medical technologies?
Can miniaturized electronics inside of contact lenses help diabetics to control their blood sugar?
What is nanotechnology for medical use?
How can “smart clothes” be used to help medical patients?
How can nanotechnology be used to treat cancer patients?
Do the benefits of nanotechnology outweigh the risks of using it for medical uses?
What are the risks of developing nanotechnology in medicine?
How can nanotechnology be used in working with DNA?
Should we use nanobots to produce and deliver drugs to human patients?
Are nanofibers the answer to healing spinal cord and brain injuries?
Should we use nanotechnology to feed ourselves?
What are the challenges of Nanomaterials and Nanodesigns?
How could nanomedicine be used to better treat patients in remote regions or the developing world?
Can nanomedicine potentially radically extend human life spans?
Wll nanotechnologies make it more possible for people to live in outer space?
How can nanotechnologies help us clean up toxic waste?
What is nanomaterial?
How should nanomaterial be regulated?
How can nanotechnology improve diagnostic testing in patients?
Can nanoparticle covering of surfaces help airplanes, houses and other structures?
Is nanotechnology a viable commercial idea? Should we invest in further research and development?
Is the desktop nanofabrication tool a viable option for low cost, easy nanotechnology?
Can nanomaterials be used to reduce CO2 emission?
Nanomedicine Journal (includes abstracts of current research as well as many free articles.
Institute of Nanotechnology (includes articles on the most recent developments as well as links to information on nanotechnology and reports of commercial viability)
PhysOrg (links to many Bio & Medicine nanotechnology articles)
Nanotechnology in Medicine: Huge Potential but What are the Risks Science review article which indicates a variety of new nanotechnologies and their potential for helping people, along with discussing the possible risks such technologies have for us.
Google Smart Contacts and NPR Report on Google Contacts for Diabetics Google has developed “smart glasses” which are being tested by a limited number of users, but the company is also interested in using their work with micro computers to help solve the problem that diabetics have in monitoring their blood sugar levels.
Smart Clothes for Medical Uses NPR interview on Science Friday with scientist who is developing nanofibers which could be used to produce “smart clothes” which could monitor patients with cancer and other medical conditions.
In my 20 years of teaching college English, I’ve developed a number of guides to help students write research essays. Many of the guides include further resources to help you:
Writing Research Essays Step by Step: This article guides you through the research process and tells you how to develop your research question into a thesis and outline, as well as giving you help in finding sources for your essay.
Depending on the type of research questions you have chosen, you will find one of the following guides and sample essays helpful as you prepare to organize and write your paper.
Explaining Essay Guide: Gives instructions for Essays which answer “What is?” or “How to do it?”
Cause and Effect Essay Guide: For essays that ask “why” and evaluate cause and/ or effects of a trend or phenomenon.
Argument Essay: Steps in writing an essay which argues a position.
Problem Solution Essay: For help if you are writing about the best solution to a scientific problem.Is stem cell research ethical?
What is a Chimera and how could this help stem cell therapy research?
What are the potential benefits and risks of stem cell research?
Are microbes that create chemicals and antibiotics going to help us prevent infections?
What is the best treatment for Leukemia?
What is Gene therapy?
What causes skin cancer?
What is the best strategy for people to avoid getting cancer?
Which cancers are we closest to finding cures for?
What has been the impact of colonoscopy testing on Colon cancer rates?
Why do so many women get breast cancer?
Why is malaria such a difficult infectious disease to eliminate?
Will Global Climate change make tropical diseases like Malaria and Dengue fever travel North?
What is the best strategy to slow the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
Why doesn’t the Flu Vaccine work all the time?
How likely is it that a pandemic will arise that will kill large numbers of people in the world?
How well do childhood vaccines prevent diseases?
What is the West Nile Virus?
Why do people get epilepsy? How can it be best treated?
Do doctors rely too much on expensive medical imaging technologies?
What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Can memory loss and dementia be prevented?
How do cells protect the body from disease?
Can Chinese Traditional Medicine work better than Western Medicine in some cases?
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