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  • Making, Tinkering & Engineering: What's the Difference?

    Making, Tinkering & Engineering: What's the Difference?

    February 22, 2021

    Making, tinkering, and engineering activities are all excellent ways to engage children and youth in afterschool and summer programs. A search of all three terms provides a myriad of activities that range from simple to complex, and that use materials from the standard kitchen or desktop items to computers and 3D printers. The kind of activities you choose will depend on your goals.

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    Featured Activity: Build a Battery

    February 15, 2021

    Scientists are often just people who are curious and creative. Alessandro Volta was this sort of person. He believed that he could use chemistry to create electricity. At first, no one believed him, but after many experiments, mistakes, and ideas that didn’t work, he used a pile of metallic disks separated by salty cloth to generate electricity!

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    STEM Celebrations in February 2021

    February 8, 2021

    Black History Month


    Celebrate Black History Month by checking out these resources that will help you honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans.

  • Get Nuclear Savvy with the Department of Energy

    September 17, 2019

    Did you know nuclear emits zero greenhouse gases? And that nuclear plans provide roughly 19 percent of America’s electricity and 55 percent of our clean energy? Or that one uranium pellet produces as much energy as 120 gallons of oil, 1 ton of coal, or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas?

  • 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

    50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

    July 1, 2019

    July will mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's successful landing on the moon. It is a perfect opportunity to help youth explore STEM and learn about the Apollo 11 mission while engaging in a fun hands-on activity.