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howtosmile blog names a Top 100 Website has named one of the Top 100 Educational Websites for the second year in a row. Science educator Cassandra Byrd at San Francisco's Exploratorium agrees totally. She uses the collection, including several hundred activities from The Exploratorium, as a major STEM resource to develop workshops for homeschoolers.

Pizza Math and Science


From trendy pizza trucks to gluten free crust, not to mention that alltime favorite—plain cheese—pizza is a must-have meal for millions. Turn any pizza party (real or pretend) into tasty math and science with activities from In Pizza Party, practice simple fractions to make sure everyone gets an equal piece of the pie. 

Brainy Vacations


Can you explain your brain? Excite your neurons while you learn how they work at YOUR BRAIN, The Franklin Institute's new, permanent exhibit opening summer 2014 in Philadelphia. Planning spring and summer vacations now? Science centers across the U.S. and around the world offer a huge range of new exhibits.

Engineers Week February 16-22

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Engineers Week, now known as DiscoverE, may be the first time a learner tries a hands-on engineering activity or starts thinking about an engineering career. has nearly 900 activities that can introduce learners to engineering specialties including aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, nanotechnology and nuclear engineering.

You Go Girl Engineer


From updated science and technology content for Girl Scouts' badges, to a growing calendar of engineering-themed events for girls, future women engineers are getting the message "You go girl!" With 37 activities from the PBS SciGirls TV show, girls can take on engineering challenges like designing a piece of high-tech LED fashion, building a mechanical arm, testing a model solar house, and much more at

Nature's Balancing Act


Turning nature’s balancing act into art is one of the most popular Awesome Activities from on the pinboard-style website Pinterest. In the Food Chains and Webs activity, learners create a hanging mobile of animal images to explore how predator/prey relationships keep ecosystems in balance.

Zip a Zipper

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Zipping a zipper is simple, right? Not if you're zipping as part of a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. In 2014, teams of students nationwide and internationally will compete to engineer the most complicated, ingenious machine they can to zip a simple zipper. That's the prizewinning goal for contestants in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for high school and college and the International Online Rube Goldberg Machine contest for ages 11-14.

AAAS Family Science Days

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No matter how cold it gets outside, science will heat things up during two free Family Science Days February 15 and 16, 2014, as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago. From 11 AM to 5 PM on both days, the whole family can explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have questions answered by scientists, all at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Purple Level. Visitors can also hear family-friendly talks about Your Brain on Video Games; Cheetah-Inspired Running Robots; Art Meets Science: Picasso at the Nanoscale; It's Not Magic, It's Science; Future Energy; and much more. 

Young Dinos/Young Diggers

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On a high school summer field trip, 17-year-old Kevin Terris made the kind of discovery professional paleontologists dream about. In Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Terris noticed a piece of bone sticking out of a boulder. The bone was part of a set of dinosaur toes, in what proved to be the most complete skeleton ever found of a baby tube-crested Parasaurolophus.

Counting Down to 2014


Let the countdown commence! How many months, weeks, days, minutes, even seconds until Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve and other special holidays? Calendars, dates, and units of time take on much more meaning when you’re anticipating a special event. In Countdown: Counting with a Calendar, challenge learners to find different ways and units to express the time until a long-awaited event.