The Case of the Mysterious Gases

The Case of the Mysterious Gases

Can you solve this mystery? There are three balloons, each filled with a different gas. One is nitrogen, one is helium and one is hydrogen. Without knowing which is which, we can conduct a couple different experiments that lets us gain information to determine which gas is in which balloon. But before performing the experiments,

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Groundhog Phil’s Got Nothing On These Shadows

Groundhog Phil’s Got Nothing On These Shadows

While the eyes of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania are focused on the shadow of a groundhog. We here at AstroCamp have different shadows in mind. Using red, green, and blue lights, we’re making up to seven different shadows at once! The key to these shadows is the different lights, both their colors and their positions. Red, green,

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Recycling: Turning Styrofoam to Glue

Recycling: Turning Styrofoam to Glue

Today is America Recycles Day, which you can learn more about recycling here. We wanted to take this opportunity to learn something cool about one of the most heinous landfill residents: styrofoam. This lightweight convenient insulating material has found many uses, from takeout containers to disposable coolers. Unfortunately, to go along with all of its good qualities,

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How Spinning Magnets Make the World Turn

How Spinning Magnets Make the World Turn

We all know know what magnets are. At the very least, you’ve probably put one on the fridge. Magnets can come in all shapes and sizes, but they all work the same way. In simple terms, they have a north pole and a south pole. When two identical poles get close, they repel, and–of course–opposites

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DIY: Make a Magnetic Slime Monster!

DIY: Make a Magnetic Slime Monster!

Did you know that our planet is a giant magnet? It’s true! Without Earth’s magnetic field, compass navigation would be impossible. The field also shields us from cosmic radiation, directing most solar wind far around our planet. In space, large objects are generally too distant from each other to be noticeably pulled or pushed by

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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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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

 Everyone knows that on Thanksgiving you eat lots of turkey and it makes you sleepy somehow…except that it probably doesn’t. There is a lot of information out there about this subject, and much of it seems to disagree with itself. Let’s examine the whole idea from the beginning. Courtesy of Rutgers University It all

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Five Great Google Surprises!

Five Great Google Surprises!

 Googol is a really really big number. It is a one followed by 100 zeroes. As big as that number is, it seems appropriate for its named counterpart, Google, which celebrates its 17th birthday since its incorporation today! While Google has exploded to the point where it is both a noun and a verb,

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DIY Watermelon Explosion

DIY Watermelon Explosion

 Here’s a fun summer experiment that ends with watermelon EVERYWHERE! Be sure to wear proper eye protection…delicious debris will fly in all directions. You’ll need one watermelon, a LOT of rubber bands, and an outdoor area that can get very, very messy. Cover your explosion zone with a large tarp for easier clean-up! Step 1:

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#WhySpaceMatters: NASA’s Anniversary

#WhySpaceMatters: NASA’s Anniversary

If you’d like to know what’s out there in the universe, it’s an awfully exciting century to be alive! From Vostok to Hubble to New Horizons, ambitious feats of engineering are bringing our corner of the cosmos into fuller detail and color all the time. At AstroCamp, we’re all about harnessing the wonder of space

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Cloud in a Bottle

Cloud in a Bottle

Let’s take a look at the science of clouds! Pockets of warm air near the Earth’s surface naturally float up through the atmosphere like hot air balloons. As an air pocket rises, it expands and cools down. This causes the water molecules within it to group together, creating droplets large enough to see. When a

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