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Let’s Discover: Have a Gas!

Of the three states of matter, many people think that solids and liquids are the only two to worry about in the kitchen, but this month we’ll play around with gases and show that they’re just as essential! You will need some very basic things that are likely already in your house: yeast, sugar, vinegar, baking soda, water and a ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Engineering Curiosity

Earlier this month, the world was captivated by an exciting development in science: engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory working with NASA landed a new rover named Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Curiosity will spend the next two years exploring the Red Planet. As you can imagine, there were numerous challenges involved with landing a 900 kg robot the ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Let the GOOd Times Roll!

With summer glowing on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about getting outside. There is no better time to try a classic experiment that you may want a hose to clean off from! This month we examine something tricky – a non-Newtonian fluid. This is a fluid that doesn't behave as a fluid should. Sometimes it may flow, but ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Twice in a Lifetime!

On June 6th of this year, a very rare event will occur in our skies at sunset: the planet Venus will meander through its orbit along a path that takes it between the Sun and the Earth, making it visible during the day as a dark spot on the bright disc of the Sun. This isn't an eclipse (scheduled by ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Into the Fog

  Halifax’s famous fog is becoming more common with the weather warming up, and there is no better way to investigate it than making your own at home – in a bottle! You will need a clear plastic bottle with a cap, some hot water and optionally, a match. A funnel may also help, but is not necessary. Your water ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: For the Birds

It's that time of year again – Spring is in the air! This means melting snow, the school year's home stretch and the return of Nova Scotia's migrating birds. There is no better way to welcome back the birds than to put out birdfeeders. There are hundreds of birdfeeder designs at local stores in your area, but birdfeeders can also ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Bacteria, Bubbles and Butter!

Now that cold and flu season is upon us (trust me – this year, it's a doosie), it seems a good time to jump back into the kitchen to make something homemade and comforting. It's also a good opportunity to see how germs (bacteria) can actually be helpful rather than harmful. This experiment is to make your very own butter ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Frozen Science

  January has definitely been the coldest month of our winter so far. With this in mind, our very simple activity this month will get the family outdoors to take advantage of the weather. For this activity you will need some containers, some water, a cold location, a pan and a metal spoon. Find a container (mould) shaped to your ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Kitchen Science 2 – Clever Cabbage

  With the weather becoming unpredictable and often chilly this time of year, it is always good to have a family activity for inside on a nasty day. Today, in our second blog about kitchen science experiments, we’ll explore acids. Every kitchen contains an abundance of both acids and their opposite – bases (aka “alkalis”).  The most common acid in ... Read More »

Let’s Discover: Save the Snowflakes!

It may not roar in with the fury that our New England neighbours are weathering, but our winter is just around the corner. Follow along, and you can catch and keep the first snowflakes of the year. It’s a great way for your family to explore science outdoors, and to see some beautiful natural shapes and patterns. Here’s what you ... Read More »