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Deceived: Optical Illusion

For the most part, humans rely on our brains interpreting five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) to tell us about the world around us. However, you can’t always trust them. Our eyes are a huge factor in how we view the universe. We trust them, but we can’t always believe what they show…

Thermochromic Slime Experiment

We’ve all experienced a mood ring change color when you put it on your finger. But have you ever seen slime do that? Thermochromism is the property of substances to change color due to a change in temperature. Here is a DIY to make your own thermochromic slime. What you need: ¼ cup white glue…

Ready, Set, No Flinch Pendulum! Thats Science!

The conservation of energy tells us that a bowling ball won’t swing higher than the initial height if there is no force added. But should we still believe that in a high risk situation? We are putting the laws of physics up to the test. Caution: Do not try this at home without parental supervision….

Magnets: What’s New?

If you think magnets are already like magic, wait until you get your hands on the newest technology from Polymagnets! This new science has opened minds and doors to applied sciences. Polymagnets created the “maxel”, a magnetic pixel, if you will. It is in the same vein of ideas as 3D printing, but with a…

Looking Back At Cassini

NASA’s Cassini orbiter will be ending its mission with a grand finale dive into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15, but it’s accomplished so much in its nearly 20 years of operation. When it was first launched on October 15, 1997, it was the first mission to be an in-depth study of Saturn and its moons….

DIY: Diffusion Science Experiment

Have you ever stopped to notice the beauty of the swirls of color coming from a tea bag into a hot mug of water? Or had a magnificent smell of freshly baked goods waft its way over to your nose? You were experiencing diffusion. Here is a simple DIY experiment for you to try to…

All About Angular Momentum

The conservation of linear momentum is easy to see, especially when you play billiards! Collisions or impacts are great examples of the conservation of momentum. But have you ever experienced the conservation of angular momentum? If you are a very talented ice skater, then the answer is probably yes, but for the rest of us…

The Life and Death of Stars

Did you know that stars live and die just like other living things?…Okay, maybe not just like them. But they do have a beginning, middle, and end. All stars start out the same way, from a nebula. A nebula, otherwise known as a “star nursery”, is a cloud of gas and dust out in space. Nebulae…

Gravitational Lensing

Most of us have experienced using a lens in some way, whether it was using glasses, cameras, or our favorite, telescopes. A lens is a piece of glass or other transparent substance with curved sides for concentrating or dispersing light rays. They have the ability to bend light! Did you know that gravity can bend light…

Watch what happens: LED in Liquid Nitrogen

It wouldn’t be surprising if nitrogen was your favorite elements. N2 is the most common molecule found in our atmosphere, making up roughly 78% of it. But here at camp, we have a different reason for why it is one of our favorite things to have around. We have a ton of liquid Nitrogen on…

WELCOME TO OUR ASTROCAMP BLOG

We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. AstroCamp is a hands-on physical science program with an emphasis on astronomy and space exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and astronomical happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at least a Bachelors Degree in Physics or Astronomy, however it is not uncommon for them to have a Masters Degree or PhD. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science, space and astronomy information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.astrocampschool.org for additional information. Happy Reading!

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