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Monday, August 15, 2016

Exploring Catapults with Groovy Lab in a Box

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You've probably heard me mention the awesome STEM and STEAM activity subscription service from Groovy Lab in a Box before, but did you know that you can also purchase these fun kits by individual box as well as subscription?

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The latest single box available is "Out to Launch" and is a chance for some catapult engineering and experimenting fun. Inside the box your kiddo will find the following engineering challenge and the supplies necessary to complete it:

Engineering Design Challenge: The Maker Faire is coming to a town near you! Can you design and build the grooviest looking catapult that launches a projectile the farthest distance?

As always, the "Out to Launch" box will have a groovy Lab Notebook where your kids can read about the investigations and Engineering Design Challenge. Plus, all subscribers get access to the Beyond...in a Box web portal for additional groovy learning and STEM fun.

Single boxes from Groovy Lab in a Box sell out very quickly, so if your kids are nuts about catapults, be sure to act fast!

For even more catapult fun, check out the catapult painting activity I've included in my Family STEAM Night post!  

STEAM science activities
 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Perseids: The Best Meteor Shower to View with Kids


It's that time of the summer again! Each August Earth passes through a field of debris that causes what we call the Perseid meteor shower. This is one of the best to try and experience with children as the weather is generally more pleasant for stargazing.

In 2016, the peak viewing nights for the shower are August 11th and 12th, with the potential of up to 200 meteors per hour! 

Read more about the Perseid meteor shower, find resources for stargazing with children and more in my post from last summer: Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. 

You'll also find more details about the shower at Space.com.


Happy Stargazing!