The world around us is an amazing place, filled with beauty… And with science. And when you share the beauty and science with the next generation, magic can happen. Come and join me, and my children, as we share with you some experiments that you can do at home with some of the things you can commonly find around the house.
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Within New Zealand, June provides the perfect opportunity for astronomers to get out into the community and spark the astronomy bug in children. Not only are we currently in winter, experiencing sunset really early — 6pm in some parts of the country and earlier in the far south — but it is also the Maori New Year, or Matariki as it is called, a time of the year that is marked by the dawn rising of the Pleiades Cluster.
Every year, I get asked by at least one of the local scout groups to introduce the kids to some of the concepts behind astronomy. This month’s show of Conversations in Science was all about some of the tactics that I use to explain eclipses, seasons, and our place in the galaxy.
You can measure the speed of light with little more than a microwave and a chocolate bar. You read that right. A CHOCOLATE BAR! In the latest Conversations in Science: Experiments with Kids video, learn how and discover why it works.
With the holiday season upon us, many of us have our children sitting at home getting bored. Well, in my house, when the kids say they’re bored, out comes the science experiments. Over the years, I’ve managed to accumulate a variety of different experiments that you can do using common household items. I thought that […]