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2015 News


March Science News

 

Kids & Parents: 

Mummy Mystery

Find out why some of the world’s mummies are turning to goo!

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Source: Time for Kids

 

Mission Twinpossible

Two identical twins are helping NASA study the effects of long-term space travel on the human body.

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Source: Time for Kids


February Science News

 

Parents: 

Can iPads Help Students Learn Science? Yes.

A recent study aimed to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the US shows that iPads can help students comprehend and grasp more difficult topics such as the unimaginable emptiness of space. Newer technologies such as tablets and iPads allow teachers to demonstrate ideas a traditional classroom would never allow with the help of 3-D simulations. To learn more about what new technology can mean for the future of education read the entire article.

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Source: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

 

 Kids:

Talking Plants

We don’t usually think of plants as having the ability to communicate. While still a mystery, it appears plants are able to communicate chemically. Plants release compounds into the air to help neighboring plants. These chemicals warn other plants and spread information about one plant’s disease or infestation so other plants can defend themselves. It appears not only can plants communicate, they look out for each other!

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Source: Time for Kids



January Science News

Parents: 

Talking to Your Kids About the News: Science and Health

It’s important to regularly chat with your children about what’s going on in the world, especially when it comes to science and health. It’s more than likely your child will hear about these topics (whether it be from word-of-mouth or teasers for the news). If your children obtain this information from word-of-mouth, science can quickly turn into science fiction and health warnings into lethal epidemics. If you’re unsure how to communicate with your children about these topics then we’ve got the perfect resource for you! This article has a step-by-step plan for discussing these topics with your children. In addition, it has age specific advice.

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Source: Scholastic

 

 Kids:

Are We Alone?

Scientists recently discovered eight planets beyond our solar system with the help of the telescope, Kepler. Since Kepler’s launch in 2009 the telescope has been used to discover more than 1000 planets beyond our solar system. Scientists believe two of these planets may have conditions suitable for life. While the discovery of these planets is exciting, scientists warn against jumping to conclusions. These planets are too far away for scientists to observe directly, but the discovery of planets in a star’s habitable zones suggests the possibility that alien life may exist somewhere out there in the universe.

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Source: Time for Kids


 2014 News

December Science News

 

Parents: 

Stay Active

Staying active in your child’s education is the best way to ensure their success in Science. No surprise here – research shows that kids with parents who are actively engaged in their children’s education not only score better on tests, attend school more regularly, and complete more homework but also have a more positive attitude towards learning leading them to graduate and attend college at higher rates. This article has plenty of resources to get you more involved in your child’s education.

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Source: tryscience.org

 

 Kids:

Hope for Life on Mars

Traces of Methane gas have recently been found in the Martian Atmosphere. Methane gas is also found in Earth’s atmosphere and comes from plant and animal life. Scientists are not sure what’s causing these methane spikes – Are they caused by some form of biological matter or by the geology of the planet itself? Scientists aren’t sure but it does suggest the possibility of life.

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Source: Time for Kids



November Science News

 

Parents: 

Design, building toys may be first step in a science career

Toys that help children turn their ideas into reality by designing and building things are a great way to inspire an interest for science in your children’s lives. These toys are the first step to gaining a science career. Educational toys (such as blocks or easels) teach children that they can make an impact on the world with their ideas. The article notes that it’s also important to give girls toys that allow them to “indulge in their feminine side but also allow them to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from designing and building things.” When completing your holiday shopping we suggest taking a look at STEM-related toys. Click here for a guide.

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Source: UPI

 

Kids:

Math from Memory

A new study from Stanford University suggests the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. Time spent memorizing multiplication tables can make you a better mathematician. “Experience really does matter.” The study also suggests that when kids have basic math facts memorized their brains have more room to learn more complicated math. Scientists suggest students quiz themselves in different orders (such as solving six times three before solving six times two) to help keep the brain active.

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Source: Time for Kids


October Science News

 

Parents: 

Study Finds Clues on How to Keep Kids Engaged With Educational Games

Educational games offer a learning experience that’s fun and rewarding for kids. Unfortunately, as we all know, it can often be hard to keep their attention. Recent studies suggest that changing seats and giving each kid an opportunity to “take control” is essential in keeping children focused and engaged during educational games.

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Source: NC State News

 

Kids:

How the Removal of a 'Nuisance' Predator Wreaked Havoc on Yellowstone National Park's Ecosystem

Protecting and preserving the environment and planet earth has been a focus in the media for many years now. This article illustrates to children the profound effect small changes in an ecosystem can have in a way that’s interesting to them. This is a great article for parents and kids alike!

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Source: DOGO News


September Science News

 

Parents: 

How Parents Can Bring Science Home -- and Why They Should

With concerns about U.S. science scores, it’s more important than ever to get children interested in the world of science. If you’re wondering how to bring a love for science into your home then this article is perfect for you! This article can help you bring science home in a fun and exciting way!

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Source: Huffington Post

 

Kids:

Want to Hold On to a Memory?

A recent study suggests making a fist can help you hold on to a memory. Before taking in new information clench your right first, then clench your left fist when you want to remember the memory. Scientist believe this trick may work by triggering the side of the brain associated with memory. Right handed people use the left side of their brain to store memories and the right side to recall memories (the opposite is true for lefties). Try this with your little ones and see for yourself if it works!

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Source: Time for Kids


August Science News

 

Parents: 

Children benefit from positive peer influence in afterschool programs

Now that school is starting back up many parents are wondering what after school activities are right for their kids. “Children benefit from positive peer influence in afterschool programs” stresses the importance of choosing the right after school program for your children.

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Source: Penn State News

 

Kids:

What Killed the Dinosaurs?

Was it asteroids that really killed the dinosaurs? New research suggests that it might have been more than just an asteroid. This exciting article is perfect for kids but enjoyable at any age!

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Source: Time for Kids


July Science News

 

Parents: 

Ten scientific facts your child needs to know

Summer is the perfect time to get involved with your children’s education but as parents it’s often difficult to accurately gauge what your kids should or shouldn’t know already. School A to Z’s list of “Ten scientific facts your child needs to know” is a great starting point.

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Source: School A to Z

 

Kids:

What to wear on Mars

Is your little girl or boy interested in space? Help your kids keep up with the latest astronaut gear with Science News for Kids recent article, “What to wear on Mars.” For an inside look at the next generation design for spacesuits take a look at the original article.  

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Source: Science News For Students


June Science News

 

Parents: 

Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids

Summer is the perfect time to get involved with your child’s education. Take the extra time to conduct hands on science experiments. Nothing can shape your child’s learning experience like engaging, fun, and educational projects. For more ideas we suggest reading the PBS Parents article, “Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids.”

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Source: PBS Parents

 

Kids:

A Dino Discovery

The best way to get your children interested in science is to show them it can be fun and exciting. Dinosaurs have always been a favorite topic among kids. The Time Kids article, “A Dino Discovery” is the perfect mix of excitement and education to keep your little ones entertained this summer.

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Source: Time for Kids


May Science News

 

Parents: 

Why can't the U.S. fill math and science jobs?

As parents, it’s natural to worry about your child’s future. What if you could increase the chances of your little one starting a sustainable and successful career path? Currently 20% jobs in the United States require knowledge in one of these four areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatetics. Studies show America is not producing enough workers to keep up with demand in these fields. Shoshana Davis’s article “Why can't the U.S. fill math and science jobs?” shines light on the issue at hand and gives suggestions for getting your children interested in science.

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Source: CBS News

 

Kids:

Incredible 'Lost World' Discovered in Australia

One of the most fascinating things about our planet is there are still things yet to be discovered. Three new species have recently been discovered in an unexplored part of Australia. DOGO News presents the story in a riveting article perfect for students grades 5-8. Important terms are bolded within the article to help your children learn important scientific terms as they read. 

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Source: DOGO News


April Science News

 

Parents: 

Sugar Doesn’t Make Kids Hyper, and Other Parenting Myths

Sugar makes kids hyper and listening to Mozart makes babies smarter are a just a couple of the parenting myths Laura Saunders of Science News investigates in her latest article. Sanders tackles advice she’s received as a parent that turns out to be false with a dash of scientific reasoning. 

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Source: Science News

 

Kids:

Balding Penguin Gets Custom Wetsuit

National Geographic Kids presents a heartwarming tale in which a group of scientists helps a balding penguin. This article is perfect to read along with your little ones and is sure to leave a smile on your face. 

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Source: National Geographic Kids


March Science News

 

Parents: 

Tools and Resources for Exploring Science

Hands on activities are a great way to get your kid interested in science. PBS parents has provided parents with an affordable yet effective list of tools in its recent article, “Tools and Resources for Exploring Science.” This article includes indoor and outdoor activities that are perfect for any child! 

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Source: PBS Parents  

 

Kids:

Testing the Five-Second Rule

Have you ever wondered if there is any scientific reasoning behind the “five-second” rule? Time Kids answers this age-old question in their latest article, “Testing the Five-Second Rule”. This article is perfect to read along with your kids. Learn something new today! 

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Source: Time for Kids


February Science News

 

Parents: 

Using Weather to Teach Early Science Lessons

Using the weather is an excellent way to teach children about science. At a young age, children are curious about the world they live in and why things happen. “Using Weather to Teach Early Science Lessons,” an article published by PBS parents, can help you along the way. Learning is made easy with various suggestions and links to educational activities. 

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Source: PBS Parents

 

Kids:

Your Amazing Brain

What’s more fascinating than the human brain? National Geographic Kids recently released an article on the subject. “Your Amazing Brain” is an exciting and informative article about the human brain written specifically for children. Pass this article along to the kids in your family! 

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Source: National Geographic Kids


January Science News

 

Parents: 

Bringing out the Scientist in Your Child

Teaching your child to think more like a scientist may seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, School A to Z has provided parents with the perfect guide to help nurture your child’s scientific curiosity. “Bringing out the scientist in your child” also teaches parents how to approach encouraging scientific development at home.  This must read article covers topics such as how to answer your child’s questions and how to actively learn with them. 

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Source: School A to Z  

 

Kids:

Ten Freaky Forces of Nature

Who said learning can’t be fun? Inspire your child’s scientific curiosity with this fun and educational article brought to you by National Geographic Kids. “Ten Freaky Forces of Nature” will keep your kid entertained for hours. These tales of raining frogs and mystery waves will inspire your child to learn more about the world surrounding them and spark their interest. 

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Source: National Geographic Kids


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