Get a Clue

Sherlock Holmes meets STEM

Whether you enter the world of Sherlock Holmes through TV shows, movies, or the original published stories, solving crimes and mysteries as Sherlock would involves plenty of interdisciplinary science, coordinating specialties like forensics and chemistry.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes invites visitors to solve a murder mystery clue by clue using Sherlock's scientific methods.


Underwater Dreams

new films about deep sea exploration

Two new films follow the dreams of inventors to explore beneath the ocean surface. One documentary is about an Oscar-winning director, the other about a team of determined high school students.

James Cameron, director of Avatar and Titanic, dreamed as a young boy of diving to the deep ocean. Travel seven miles down, to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, in Cameron's one-person submersible in the new documentary James Cameron's DEEPSEA Challenge 3-D.


Summer Sea Science

coral spawning in the Gulf of Mexico

August means vacation for millions of humans, and for coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, it means the summer birth of billions of new coral organisms. Each year, 7-10 days after August's full moon, coral reefs at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary create a mass spawning event. The event sends a "snowstorm" of countless sperm and egg bundles into the water. NOAA's Coral Spawning Globe at models the spawning event in a snow globe.


Animals from head to toe

Discovering animal biodiversity

Go "wild" this summer and discover biodiversity all around you, by watching animals from head to toe. Learners can get a closeup look at live animals and their amazing adaptations in all kinds of places—the zoo, science center, wildlife center, beach, park, even backyard or schoolyard. 

Starting at the top, take a close look at animal mouths. We describe them with words like lip, beak, mandible, jaw and snout. Can you spot how an animal uses its mouth to eat, communicate, feed its young, build a home, and/or ward off predators?


Cool Bubbles

Bubbles—high tech or just plain fun

Bubbles aren't just kid stuff any more. Computer scientists at Bristol University in England are studying bubbles as a new kind of surface for displaying information. They're devising different sized bubbles on which to project short-term images to use in teaching, office communications, retail, entertainment and much more. 


Museums Galore

STEM activities from museums

More than 35,000 museums in the U.S.—more than twice the number estimated in past—today welcome visitors for public events, education programs, exhibits, camps, field trips and much more, says a new Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) report. has collected over 1,500 STEM activities created by leading museums across the country.


Climate Change is Now

human impact

Climate change is already happening, and human activity is affecting global climate now, according to the new National Climate Assessment. Events like wildfires, sudden intense rains, heat waves, flooding, drought and hotter temperatures will only get worse if we don't control greenhouse gases, scientists predict. 


"Eggsperiments" at Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

STEM on the South Lawn

Running with kites, floating toy boats, and making "sound sandwiches" were the hands-on science highlights for thousands of children and their families who entered the "Eggsperiment Zone" at this year's White House Easter Egg Roll. 


Fossil Art/Photo Contest

National Fossil Day

Who are the prehistoric creatures in your neighborhood? Create an artistic answer to that question, and you could win the National Fossil Day Art and Photo Contest. 


FREE New Sun Science App

DIY for sunny or not so sunny days

Use the power of the Sun to energize STEM learning with the free, new DIY Sun Science app for the iPad and iPhone. On sunny days, or not so sunny days, DIY Sun Science makes investigating Earth's own star easy, fun, affordable and safe. Thirteen hands-on explorations, plus NASA images and videos, reveal how dynamic the Sun is and how it affects life on Earth. The DIY Sun Science app works for learning at home, school, after school, community events, or anywhere. 

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