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Mirrored molecules Activity

by Pat, 23 February 2013 | 0 comments

Symmetry can be tricky, especially when you’re a chemist. Grab some plasticine and discover why a mirror doesn’t always make a perfect copy.

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Skipping stones Activity

by Pat, 21 February 2013 | 2 comments

Stone kipping off the surface of a lake.

Have you ever wanted to know how to skip stones across a lake? Wonder no more! with our handy guide you’ll be skipping in no time!

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Chess distances Activity

by David, 20 February 2013 | 0 comments

You might think you’ve got a good handle on distance. But not all things measure distance the same way – what if you were a chess piece?

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Counting spirals Activity

by David, 16 February 2013 | 0 comments

There are some pretty amazing patterns lurking in nature. Do a bit of arithmetic and master the Fibonacci sequence, and then see where you can find it!

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Store pumpkin seeds Activity

by Jasmine, 15 February 2013 | 1 comments

A cut pumpkin and a colander.

Pumpkins taste great, but what can you do with the seeds? We’ll show you how to preserve them, so when the time is right, you can plant them in your garden!

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A hearty activity Activity

by Mike, 14 February 2013 | 0 comments

It’s Valentine’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a heart dissection?

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These uncertain times Activity

by Pat, 13 February 2013 | 0 comments

‘I know because I measured it!’ you might say. But how uncertain should you be about that measurement?

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Racing heart Activity

by Pat, 11 February 2013 | 0 comments

Does exercise get your heart racing? grab a stopwatch and measure the difference!

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Soma cube Activity

by David, 26 January 2013 | 0 comments

The soma cube is a tricky puzzle! First, you’ll glue some cubes together into strange shapes. Then see if you can get those shapes to come together!

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Cozy in cotton or warm in wool? Activity

by Mike, 24 January 2013 | 0 comments

2 thermometers, cotton, wool, cardboard, aluminium cans.

Wondering what to wear on a chilly winter morning? Rug up a couple of cans and see whether cotton is cozy, or wool warm!

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