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Summertime Science

Summer’s the perfect time to brush up on some of your science skills for school in September. Don’t worry – it’s not all boring brainwork. These science experiments can be fun – and take advantage of the summer sun.


Look Up

Pick a night, any night, and head outdoors to do some stargazing – that’s astronomy in scientific speak. With clear weather and few clouds in the sky, summer’s the perfect time to see shooting stars (meteors) and eclipses (when the sun and the moon overlap each other). Before you go outside, check out www.space.com where you’ll find a useful sky watch calendar. Just scroll down to the date on which you want to view the night sky and find out what heavenly bodies will be visible in your area.


Meteor

To test your science skills, try focusing on one star just to the left of a still (not moving) landmark (like a phone pole or the chimney of a house) and watch with both eyes open for a while. After some time has passed, you’ll be able to see your star pass behind the still landmark – proof that the Earth is moving beneath your own two feet!


Hills & Valleys

If you live in an area that’s got mountains or desert terrain – lucky you! Plan a day trip and search for bats and lizards in your local mountains. Bring empty egg cartons along to collect samples of granite and other indigenous (native) rocks in your area.


Lizard

When it’s sweltering hot outside, find a shady place to cool down like the forest or a nearby waterfall. There may even be a nature center close by you didn’t even know about! These places are packed with nature- and science-related activities that can keep you occupied on an otherwise ho-hum summer day.


Wicked Water

If you live be the ocean or a lake, go down to the shore for a morning or afternoon of scientific study. Tide pools can give you hands-on experience on all kinds of water-loving critters. Check out the rocks and shells you find by the water – notice their smooth shapes and think about how water has the amazing power to erode or wear down even the toughest stone.


Tide Pool

Funny Sunny Pictures

This one you can do in your own backyard. You’ll need:

  • Dark-colored construction paper
  • Any interestingly shaped flat objects you can find around the house (combs, money, pendants, etc.)

Comb

Put the colored paper in an area that gets full exposure to the sun for about 2-3 hours, Then place the flat objects on the paper in any design or pattern you want and let the whole thing sit in the sun for 3 hours. When you come back and remove the objects from the paper you’ll see they’ve left their mark! The sun sure is powerful – that’s why it’s so important to wear sunscreen when you’re playing outside!


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jayissocool
jayissocool posted in New Users:
Hey guys (and girls I guess too). My name is Jay I'm 13 and I live in PA. I like videogames especially minecraft and pokemon. I'm mostly on here cus I'm bored but it would cool to make a few new friends online. I actually already talked with one guy on here for a bit who seemed cool. If you want to just hang out and chat let me know. I have to go to bed right now but I'll read it tomorrow morning. Night all  :thumbsup
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Exactly!
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urifour11
urifour11 posted in Debating:
@rainbowpoptart  You make a very good point. But what I think PCG is trying to say is that maybe someone should consider that some girls don't like pink? Like, I loved playing with doll houses as a kid AND toy cars. But what if someone made a black Barbie house. Like hell yeah I would buy that. Or maybe a pink you car. Wouldn't that be cool? Maybe what I'm trying to get at here is that companies could mix and match their toys together. Use different colors for different items. That would help expand their market much more.  What I'm really impressed though is what Barbie is doing at the moment with making different body types for their dolls. That's awesome right? Anyway, if a girl wants to get a toy car then she can just waltz her way to the boys section and get one. Sure it's kinda disregarding that maybe a girl would like a toy car but man, that's not stopping her from buying that sweet toy car. But what we should really be focusing on is how LEGOS did the sexist thing. WHY ISNT THERE A BATGIRL LEGO SET OR A WONDERWOMAN LEGO SET?!? THATS WHAT IM WAITING FOR AND IM 13 YEARS OLD BUT I WOULD MOST DEFINATLEY BUY ANYTHING REGUARDING WONDERWOMAN. A little off topic. Companies would make more money mixing and matching their toys. Blue toy cars for girls Barbies, a cooking grill for boys. And then there are things that are for both genders like science sets or Doctor kits. In fact I think girls play more with Doctor kits than boys tbh. What one saying is, companies could expand more. 
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jayissocool
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