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Find the kitchen (in almost any house!) Activity

by David, 13 August 2013 | 0 comments

Someone in front of a wall, next to a photocopier. there's an arrow pointing right.

The following instructions are designed to find the kitchen in your house. This activity won’t work in all houses – and don’t go into any places you’re not supposed to be in – but it’s quite fun to see where the instructions take you!

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A business plan Activity

by David, 30 July 2013 | 0 comments

Three soft serve ice cream cones.

Have you ever wanted to open your own shop? Try this market research activity to find out if you could make a living selling things that you love!

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Kite mayhem Activity

by Pat, 10 July 2013 | 0 comments

Hand holding the string of a kite as it flies in the air.

Kites are a great way to combine science, playfulness, patience and imagination. So grab a some simple household items and start building!

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Discover a changing climate in an ice core Activity

by Mike, 4 July 2013 | 0 comments

Plastic cup with three different layers. The contents are overflowing.

Do you wonder why scientists are down in the Antarctic? One reason is to take ice cores, which keep a record of how the Earth’s climate has changed. To learn more (and make a tasty snack) try this totally cool activity! Safety: When dealing with food, use clean hands and clean equipment. You will need…

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Connection conniption! Activity

by David, 2 July 2013 | 0 comments

Three factories drawn on a white mug.

Do you have a favourite mug? This is my favourite. Not only does it hold my hot chocolate, it has a wicked tricky puzzle on it!

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Cupcake chemistry Activity

by Pat, 1 July 2013 | 0 comments

Cooking is fun and it’s a great way to make a tasty snack. But have you ever thought about what’s going on when you cook something? Try making some cupcakes, and you’ll pick up a thing or two about chemistry.

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Spinning, rolling and hula hooping Activity

by Carol Saab, 27 June 2013 | 2 comments

What does hula hooping have to do with science? Quite a lot when we think about physics; namely energy, motion and torque. Check out the latest installment of our new video series to see some awesome hooping and how easy it is to mimic this movement with other objects.

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How does an optical illusion work? Activity

by Carol Saab, 20 June 2013 | 8 comments

Our eyes play a huge part in helping us explore the world around us, but occasionally they play tricks on us. In this optical illusion, we’re testing your perception of colour by making an after-image optical illusion. In other words, we’re tricking your eyes to see colours that aren’t really there. Check it out!

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Napier’s bones Activity

by David, 18 June 2013 | 0 comments

four strips of paper with numbers on them. The top number on each strip is highlighted - 4, 6, 7, 0

How did people multiply before calculators were invented? You could try doing it in your head, but you could also use a mechanical calculator, such as this set of Napier’s bones.

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The four colour problem Activity

by David, 4 June 2013 | 0 comments

a map of Europe. Each country is coloured in and somoene is currently finishing colouring Bosnia.

Colouring in is for kids? Well, it’s also for mathematicians! Grab some pencils and have a go at one of the most interesting mathematical problems around!

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