Celebrate these African American Inventors!

Celebrate these African American Inventors!

Lauren Cook General

February is Black History month. With the popularity of the Oscar nominated movie Hidden Figures, there is an awakened interest and awareness of the contributions of African American scientists during the early years of the U.S. space race. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Here are but a few other inventions/accomplishments by noted African American scientists and inventors. …

Get Psyched for Creativity Month

Get Psyched for Creativity Month!

Sherry Cook General

January is creativity month! There’s a lot of cool science that originated in January. Not only did Galileo discover Jupiter’s four biggest moon’s (Read The Substitute from Jupiter), but it’s also the month Earth reaches perihelion, the point where Earth comes closest to the Sun, about two weeks after the December Solstice. But that’s not all! January 28 is Bubble …

Learn More About A Holiday Icon!

Learn More About a Holiday Icon!

Lauren Cook Fuddlebrook, General

Chances are the students in Mrs. Wigglebum’s classroom, like millions of others, are preparing for their holiday program. And what child has not stood proudly in front of friends and family to perform Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as part of that event? Probably, to this day, you can sing this holiday favorite without even looking at the words. But …

Thank Goodness for Persistence!

Lauren Cook Fuddlebrook, General

The great scientist/inventor Thomas Edison knew a lot about persistence and not giving up. And still today, great scientists young and old know that sometimes you have to try and try again before an experiment comes out “right.”  Did you know persistence also played a big part in getting Thanksgiving recognized as the holiday we know today? “Mary Had a …

Countdown to Fall!

Countdown to Fall!

Sherry Cook Fuddlebrook, General

Thursday, September 22, marks the end of summer and beginning of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Fuddlebrook book, A Change of Season, Herman is perplexed about the changes taking place as he sees the transition from summer to fall. Mrs. Wigglebum steps in to teach the class about why seasons occur. Maybe we need a lesson just like …

Scientists Should Get a Gold Medal, too!

Scientists Should Get a Gold Medal, Too!

Sherry Cook General

August 2016 marks the 31st Summer Olympiad and the first set in South America. More than 10,500 athletes from 167 nations have travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21 to take part in 306 events across 42 different disciplines. This year, for the first time, a team representing refugee Olympic athletes also competed. An additional 4,000 athletes from 170 …

Red, White & Book: The Science Behind Fireworks

Red, White & Boom: The Science Behind Fireworks

Lauren Cook Fuddlebrook, General

As you enjoy a beautiful July 4th fireworks display, think how much science is behind that spectacle. People everywhere enjoy the fantastic explosions and the brilliant light displays of fireworks, but there’s a lot happening to make that celebration entertaining. Each firework launched into the sky is a precisely formed assembly of chemicals and fuel, carefully calibrated to produce a …

100 Years of Genetics, Genomes, & DNA

Lauren Cook General

This month we celebrate the 100th birthday of world-renowned scientist Francis Crick. Crick was born on June 8, 1916 in Northhampton, England. As a child, he was extremely inquisitive and read any book he could get his hands on. He found books on science topics the most interesting, which led to many “kitchen-experiments” as a child. As a teenager his …