science

12 YouTube science channels to keep your kids learning this summer

YouTube is brimming with quirky, entertaining and educational science programs. As much of it is produced for a general lay audience, there’s plenty of appealing content for precocious kids and parents.  Here are some of the best YouTube science channels to check out. 1. AsapScience Whiteboard illustrations explain every-day questions like if video games make you smarter and if plants think. During the Olympics, learn more with videos on topics like why Olympic records are always broken. Not all the content is kid appropriate though. For example, there’s a video on if sex affects athletic performance. The video merely acknowledges people have sex and focuses on non-titillating questions like how many calories sex burns and its effects on energy, anxiety levels and alertness, but ...

Got a budding scientist? Check-out these kid-friendly apps!

If you’d like your children to spend less time looking at their devices and more time observing the world around them, the answer may lie in those devices. An engaging science app may be just the guide they need to unlock their inner scientist. From astronomy to zoology, here are some of the best science apps for kids. Alchemy Genetics (Ages 9+; Android, Kindle; free – $0.99) This game introduces kids to genetics by putting them in the role of a mad scientist tasked with crossing different species of animals. Start with four creatures and work your way up to unlocking 450 different wacky types of creatures. The game includes links to Wikipedia entries on real world animals. Bobo Explores Light (Ages 8-12; iOS; free) Bobo is the children’s robot companion as they learn all...

Summer Fun With Giant Bubble Recipe!

Bubbles and summer go hand in hand. On a warm summer evening, my daughters and I love to head outside for bubble play. Bubbles are good, clean fun but do you know the science behind the bubble? The lifespan of an average bubble is mere seconds, but there is a way to extend the life of a bubble. All you need is a few secret ingredients and you’re on your way to being a real bubbleologist. Super Bubble Recipe – 1 cup Distilled water – 2 tbsp Dawn® dish soap – 1 tbsp glycerin – Pair of cotton gloves – Bubble wand or pipette A little about the ingredients – Water is the single most important part of the bubble solution. Good quality water that does not contain high levels of iron or minerals is best. If you’re uncertain as to the quality of your tap wa...

Product Pick: Kids can make their own soda (and have fun doing it) with Soda Stream

My mom used to act like a can of pop (yes, I say pop – go ahead and psychoanalyze where I’m from because I don’t call it “soda” or “coke”) was a super treat. We only got one every once in a while or on special occasions. And most definitely, we were not allowed to act silly with it – like blow bubbles into the cup.  (I know EVERYONE else was allowed to do that!) I have carried much of that mindset into my life – albeit a bit more relaxed because we live in 2014 when we swing by the fast food joints much more often than I would personally desire. I recently received the new Soda Stream source to review. This slick little unit is pretty cute (and doesn’t take a lot of counter space) – it looks pretty slick. Plus it means ...

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition Rockets into Denver

Picture this: It’s a major holiday. You have all your best china and crystal laid out on a beautifully set table. Candles flicker. Everyone smiles in anticipation as you place a golden turkey in the center. The dog in the corner is drooling. Then, without warning, you grab the tablecloth and yank. Will the big day be ruined or will you be the best holiday hostess ever with your cool trick? Thanks to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, you can practice this skill and learn the science behind it. From now through January 5th, 2014, the DMNS is hosting Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The wildly popular Discovery Channel show is now a hands-on, crazily fun experience for the entire family. In the Blueprint Room, fans of the show will recognize 60 actual props, machines, and c...

DIY for all ages: NoCo Mini Maker Faire gets kids into science Oct. 5

Think of the NoCo Mini Maker Faire on Oct. 5 as a combination of robotics, creative problem-solving, DIY projects and a nerdy version of the Pinewood Derby. “It’s all of those things wrapped into one,” says organizer Elizabeth Weiland. She decided to organize the event as a way to meet others with similar interests in science, engineering and problem-solving. Such fairs have become popular across the U.S. As Weiland made the rounds of potential exhibitors and participants for her own, the response astonished her.

The sky’s not the limit: New IMAX and Planetarium shows unveiled

You think the wind was bad last month? Then you don’t know about the 1000 mph winds on Jupiter. You remember that below zero cold spell we had in 2011? That would be a heatwave on Uranus. Did that Superbowl pot of chili lead to some odiferous effects in your family last week? Think about living on Titan, Saturn’s moon, which has rivers of liquid methane. These are just a few of the factoids my children and I learned recently at a showing of The Wildest Weather in the Solar System. Three new IMAX and Planetarium shows opened recently at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, giving you three new chances to go geek with your kids.

Weather Window

Choose a “weather window” in your house. Label it to remind yourself and your kids. Maybe somewhere near your eating area. Post a large thermometer outside. Put up a windsock. Observe. Is it sunny, cloudy, partly cloudy, rainy, or snowy? (Parents, you can talk about what happens to your kids when the barometer changes. Wacko!) Talk about the weather, the temperature and the wind. Read the newspaper for the weather forecast. Teach your child where the weather section is located. Show them how to read the 5 day forecast, the high and low, and the weather map. Weather Picture Books: Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballsby Judi Barrett Weather activities for young kids: Dress your self — choose the best clo...