From Art to Action: Mythbusters 101
From Art to Action: Mythbusters 101

Great teachers know the classroom is a stage and leverage that knowledge to create exceptional experiences for students. Classroom audiences have the advantage of being able to interact physically as part of the learning process. If viewers happen to be on the other side of a TV screen, showmanship and energy have to compensate for

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Meet Astrocamp’s Newest Class!
Meet Astrocamp’s Newest Class!

Ever cover the end of a garden hose with your thumb to turn it into a long-range water blaster? The same thing happens when wind is squeezed between mountain ranges. This is called the Venturi effect, and it’s how wind engineers make the most of their turbine placements. California’s desert valleys are home to America’s

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DIY Batteries
DIY Batteries

Batteries harness energy from the motion of electrons. How do we get electrons going? Chemistry! Most batteries use a simple oxidation-reduction (or redox) reaction to get electric charges moving. In a redox reaction, one material gives electrons to another. We call the donor the anode and the recipient the cathode. Strategic separation of the anode

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Rockets & Newton’s Laws in 3 Gifs!
Rockets & Newton’s Laws in 3 Gifs!

Rockets blast off from earth with a rumble and cloud of smoke on their way through the atmosphere to the vacuum of space beyond. This is something that is accepted today, but it hasn’t always been that way. Doctor Robert Goddard is known as the father of modern rocketry, but when he first postulated the

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Holiday DIY: Crystal Chemistry
Holiday DIY: Crystal Chemistry

Crystals may seem like a geologic scientific mystery…until you see them grow in your own kitchen! Here is what you will need: Wide mouth jars or cups Pipe Cleaners (You can also use coffee filter paper or experiment with other materials. Even white paper works okay) String Popsicle sticks (Pencils work too!) Borax Note: Borax

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