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Urban Science Adventure: Make Autumn Leaf Lanterns

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It’s fall and lovely outside, but you also want to keep your students or grand/children engaged in fun activities. Well, take a look up and then down. Those beautiful autumn leaves are your inspiration and your activity prop. Leaf rubbings are my favorite. FAVE-O-RITE* science arts-and-crafts, but you can do so much more*. And just [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Catching and Watching Fireflies

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What do you see when you go into your backyard in the evening time?  Most people don’t even think about being outside at that time until the warm rays of summer touch their skins.  Summer nights mean warm nights where you can be outside until dusk and beyond and see the wonders that Mother Nature [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Appreciating Bees

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Now is the time to get outdoors and experience what the world has to offer. One thing that you can keep in mind is that there are insects everywhere, including our back yards! A simple past time that you can enjoy alone, with a group, or with your family is taking a step outdoors and [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: 100+ things to do outside

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It’s summer. The kids are out of school. You want to keep them engaged and active. Most parents also want to keep them on track academically, but not necessarily with a strong hand approach to learning. I get it. Cultivating some old-fashioned out of doors play and reflection time is just what this doctor recommends. [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Celebrating New Year with age-old traditions

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Among many Southern (US folks) as well as African-Americans, there are some very tried-and-true News Year Day superstitions traditions.  And me being a lover of cultural rituals, I look forward to them – even if I don’t always follow through. 1. First visitor to cross your threshold must be a man. I heard a lot [...]

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The Urban Scientist

5 Fun Educational Gift Ideas for Holiday Toy Drives

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Originally posted at Urban Science Adventures! © Educational Gift Giving Ideas for the Holidays. It’s that time of year for good cheer, celebrating, and holiday parties. I especially love attending networking holiday parties. And in the spirit of the holidays, many of these parties have charitable notions. Some ask for food donations, or to adopt-an-angel/family/child/senior. [...]

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The Urban Scientist

It’s National Chemistry Week: 2012 Theme is Nanotechnology

Happy National Chemistry Week! From October 21-27, 2012 Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Chemical Professionals and enthusiasts are celebrating how wonderful Chemistry is! And it is.  But I have to admit, I’m such a biologist – a whole organism, big animal and plant type – that anything I can’t see with my eyes or a hand lens [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Pollination Observations

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In celebration of Pollination Week, June 18-24, I wanted to give everyone a few ideas for a great Urban Science Adventure Activity you can do this weekend.  Today, June 21st is also Summer Learning Day. Join communities across the country in celebrating the importance of summer learning. Summer Learning Day is widely supported by educators, [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Summer Fun and Summer Science

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The warmer weather calls us outside to run, jump and play. That goes for the kids and adults, too.  And while you’re out having fun with friends and family, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open. For what, you may ask.  For all of the nature that is beginning to emerge, sprout and bloom [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Art and Science of Autumn Leaves

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Why do tree leaves change color in the fall?  It’s a common question of curious kids (and adults). Why do the leaves of trees like the Sweetgum, Oak, Maple and Gingko go from hues of green to brilliant hues of yellow, gold, rust, orange, and red?  It all comes down to pigments. Pigments are the  color-holding [...]

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