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Posted On: 19 Mar

Friday! Science Night at the Lab – April 5th

NEW – First Friday’s of the Month – April 5th

Need a parent night out? Bring the kids to The Science Lab!
6:00pm-9:00pm Includes dinner, dessert, science experiments in the labs, glow-in-the-dark free play, science games and more. $34 per child (10% Sibling Discount).

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Posted On: 28 Feb

Adams Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week

Adams Elementary School

GRADE: 1st
PROGRAM: Living Lab
Scientist: Maddie

Today, I had the privilege of going to Adams Elementary School in Cary, NC! I was greeted by friendly staff who showed me right to the first graders I would be teaching that day. As a group, we did the program “Living Lab” which explores all things living such as plants and animals. The kids in the 1st grade at Adams Elementary School were excited, energized, and asked lots of  interesting questions that made the program even better. We learned all about what plants and animals need in order to survive in their habitats. We experimented with building our own habitats, we learned about how to keep animals habitats clean by recycling, and even got to hold the world’s best recyclers… earthworms!! The students LOVED holding the squirmy earthworms and even got to take one home with them as a pet!!! We learned about predators, specifically owls! We looked through real owl pellets, which is the bones and fur of the food owls eat! The kids were so brave when picking up bones and fur with their forceps, just like real biologists! The kids also got to look out some real predators! I introduced the kids to Sammy the Scorpion and Rosie the Rose Haired Tarantula! The kids were scared but intrigued at the same time. Some even wanted to pet them! The two predators we DID get to pet were Bandit the Leopard Gecko and Monty the Ball Python! Most of all, the 1st graders I saw were brave enough to feel how smooth a ball pythons scales are! Fun fact: reptile scales are made out of the same material that our fingernails and hair is made up of…. Keratin! We had so much fun looking at the animals that we made habitats to take home with us at the end of the program. In our habitats was soil, grass seeds, a lima bean, and an earthworm! The students took these home with all their new knowledge on how to keep plants and animals alive. I had such an awesome day teaching the 1st grade classes at Adams Elementary School! Bravest group of 1st grader biologists I’ve got to work with in a long time!

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Posted On: 22 Feb

Stough Magnet Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week

“Stough

GRADE: 1st
PROGRAM: Astro Adventure
Scientist: Yani

Stough Elementary was by far one of the most welcoming schools I’ve been to. The teachers and staff were all so nice. The school was well decorated and highlighted diversity. This was my first time ever being in a Chinese immersion school. It was amazing to be in a class where the teacher and her assistant spoke predominantly Chinese with the students. When it was my turn to teach the kids were well engaged and loved learning about space. At the end of the program they Thanked me in Chinese. That day was also their 100th day of school so the classes were celebrating. My last class of the day got to make a 100th day of school snack. I walked in just in time to watch them make it before it was time for the program to begin. All the teachers seemed to be impressed with experiments especially when we made the constellation projectors for the kids to take home. I think they liked them as much as the kids did. Over all it was a great day at a great school.

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Posted On: 16 Oct

Astronomy: Did you know how NASA names their Mars Rovers??


This artist’s rendition depicts NASA’s Mars 2020 rover studying its surroundings. Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July or August 2020 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has a class assignment for corporations, nonprofits and educational organizations involved in science and space exploration: partner with the agency to inspire future engineers and scientists by sponsoring a contest to name the next rover to venture to the Red Planet.

The contest will allow U.S. students in grades K-12 to propose a name for NASA’s next Mars rover (currently being built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California) and write an essay about their choice. The partner will work with NASA to conduct the contest during the 2019 academic year.

Click here to learn more about the Mars Rover 2020.

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