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Climate Change is Now

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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


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

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 Sun Science

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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lego chemistry

Want to share a great Howtosmile.org activity, like LEGO Chemical Reactions? This activity has been liked on Facebook more than 3,000 times and pinned on Pinterest nearly 4,000 times!

Grasping the COSMOS

Billions upon billions of stars plus millions and millions of TV viewers is the equation behind the new TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The 13-part series, hosted by American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, explores the universe's most puzzling phenomena, our place in space, and more.

National Geographic Kids Engineering Challenge

tiger and cam

How do National Geographic explorers do research, and get such great photos, in the wild? National Geographic invites kids to try and solve the technical problems explorers face, in a new Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge.

Let's Move! with STEM

Let's Move

For the Let's Move! 4th anniversary, find nearly 300 STEM activities that get kids moving, with Howtosmile.org's Let's Move! activities search engine.

Girls Soar in Aerospace and Technology

helicopter

To some people, the phrase "helicopter parent" means a mother or father overprotecting their child. But to John Hall of the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, the link between helicopters and families has a very different meaning. As a school psychologist who chairs the museum's education committee, Hall sees helicopters as a major tool in helping families encourage girls to pursue careers in technology.

Scientists Were Kids Too

book cover for Odd Boy Out

Scientists were kids once themselves—kids who wondered, kids who tinkered, kids who made mistakes. Connect Howtosmile.org activities with biographies of scientists and mathematicians for library summer reading programs like Fizz, Boom, READ! and Bedtime Summer of Numbers. 

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