My Science Adventures and Thoughts for Our Little Stars – Our Children
“Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider’s web?”. “Oh, no,” said Dr. Dorian. “I don’t understand it. But for that matter I don’t understand how a spider learned to spin a web in the first place. When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle.”
Elwyn Brooks White, “Charlotte’s Web”
The World’s greatest scientists wear nappies
A childrens poem reminds us of the most basic and essential mindset of the scientist
A doll, a ribbon and why stuff takes up space: a child’s look at the Dirac Belt Trick
A Thought Experiment: One fleeting glance skywards reveals something profound about our Universe
Build a cloud chamber and see the whispy spoors of muons: remnants of cosmic ray visitors from outer space
An introduction for children to Einstein’s geometrical description of our Universe
Multiplication is simply a warped version of addition and division a warped version of subtraction: build a slide rule and see how
This one is not an activity, but rather a recommendation for the best popular account of science ever. This book should be within the grasp of an eight year old interested in science, but it would be ideal for a parent wishing to read something with their child.
Again, this one isn’t an activity, but some general thoughts on explaining scientific concepts to children. Actually I certainly wouldn’t begin with Newton’s Laws unless explicitly asked by a child – they aren’t the kind of thing a six year old would find compelling.
Celestia is free software that allows a child to voyage to all planets in the solar system and beyond and to see what our tiny blue Earth looks like from the surface of our outer planets.
Build a rocket cart and think about riding a rocket to the Moon.