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Scott on the air for Blogmutt May 10, 2012

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This is just a temporary post to try to figure out how to embed this on the Blogmutt blog.

Second Saturday Science hibernating December 14, 2010

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Sorry I’ve been away.

For those of you just finding this page on the interwebs, my name is Scott Yates, and I started Second Saturday Science as a fun thing to do with kids.

It was a great success, lots of fun and I think the kids all learned something or another. We certainly learned how to make a big mess at the Whole Foods!

I stopped it because I just ran out of time. If someone would like to learn more about how it worked and what we did, please use the Scott Yates contact form and get in touch.

So, until someone else picks up the ball, or until we figure out a way to scale the thing and turn it into a national thing, we won’t have much here.

Thanks for your interest.

No Second Saturday Science for March March 11, 2010

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Just to let you know, there are a bunch of changes afoot, so we won’t be running Second Saturday Science for March. When we have some news to announce, we’ll do it here on the blog, first, so stay tuned!

Squishy Science Fun February 9, 2010

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The January edition of Second Saturday Science was a bit of a potpourri.

The most fun may have been the old standard: Corn Starch and water.

corn starch and water science experiment fun

Corn Starch and water mix into lots of fun

The science here was mostly just checking out the weird feel of this kind-of fluid/kind-of solid.

Technically, it’s known as a Non-Newtonian Fluid. That’s a fancy way of saying that this substance doesn’t follow the rules for fluids that were established by old Sir Isaac himself.

We also did some more spaghetti science. All of our experiments can be done at home, but this one is especially fun: Try breaking a long, thin piece of pasta in half when holding it on the ends. Can’t be done! Why not? Well, c’mon down next month and tell us your theory, there are plenty of them out there on the internet.

Speaking of the ‘net, the communication is so deafening there that kids today never make telephones with string and cups. We did, experimenting with sound waves the whole time.

Cup and String science experiment

Mr. Watson! Come here! (Fun with sound wave science)

So, be sure to come for the February event. As always, you can stop in anytime between 10 and noon February 13th at the Whole Foods on Washington at I-25. See you there and then!

December’s Free Science Project was doubly fun January 7, 2010

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We had two scientific experiments in December. The first was examining the fat content of food. This was a fun one for kids, who got to mush up a bunch of food. It was also educational, as we made some surprising discoveries about how much fat is in those chips.

Free Science Project food samples

As always, Whole Foods Market was a great host, and provided all the samples for us to use.

Then our second experiment turned out to be lots of fun, too. I thought when we started that this would be an experiment that would last about 1 minute for kids, but it turned out that some kids did this one over and over for a bunch of the morning. One dad, a structural engineer by training, got very involved in helping us figure out the science.

The experiment was very simple. Hold a piece of uncooked spaghetti at each end and slowly bend it so that it will break in half.

The interesting thing is that it almost never does. You think it would snap in two pieces, like a pencil, but instead a third, and sometimes a fourth or fifth piece pops out. Even if you try it on a shorter piece, the pasta will split off into three pieces.

Why?

Kids breaking spaghetti during our free science experiment Second Saturday Science

Well, the structural engineer has some theories. Some great physicists have reportedly spent many hours in the kitchen breaking noodles on the kitchen floor. We explained the science some during the event, but most of the kids left with the idea that there’s still more to learn about the spaghetti phenomenon, and that’s OK. Our goal is not to teach everything, but instead have fun with science, and with luck leave the kids with a thirst to do more science experiments.

So, we hope you will join us for the next Second Saturday Science!

Whatever Floated Your Boat December 10, 2009

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The second installment of Second Saturday Science was not quite as crazy as the first one, but that’s probably to be expected when we weren’t setting off any bombs!

We had another excellent group of young scientists and their grownup helpers. The experiments were all about what floats, both in water and in saltwater, and how to keep a boat floating even when pennies keep getting dropped in.

Here are a few photos and videos of the fun:

Here’s one of the boat floaters:

And here are a couple of others:

This month we’ll have another fun event, checking the fat content of food. We hope you can join us!

The particulars are the same:

  • We open it up from 10 a.m. to noon on the Second Saturday of each month.
  • The experiments are designed for a young scientist from the age of about 6 to about 12 and a grownup to do together.
  • They typically take about 15-20 minutes to complete, but you can stay as long as you like.
  • It’s totally free for all involved, with thanks to Whole Foods for the space and the supplies.

Handy Links for Second Saturday Science December 7, 2009

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It’s hard to keep a monthly event clear when you have such a busy schedule. (If you are reading this, you have school-age kids, so I know your schedule is busy.)

So I’ve made a few links to try to help you remember.

Here’s Google Calendar link. Click on that if you already use Google Calendar, and it will add the events for you.

If you are on a Mac and use iCal, this is the link for you.

I’ve put those links, along with the link to our Facebook page, over with the links on the right side so you can easily find them.

Pictures and videos of last month’s event coming soon!

Bad Weather and Good Science Fun November 13, 2009

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It seems that bad weather and free science projects go hand-in-hand.

Our first-ever Second Saturday Science came on a snowy day in October, and if the forecast holds it will be a cold and snowy morning tomorrow for our second event.

It will be another fun one, though, so I hope you can join us. Just to recap, here are the details:

  • The projects will take 15-30 minutes, and you can stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • They are designed to be done by a grown-up along with a student roughly from 6- to 10-years old, but we won’t be checking IDs or anything.
  • It’s at the Whole Foods Market, 1111 S. Washington St.
  • It’s totally free, with the generosity of Whole Foods in supplying us the space and the materials.

No bombs this time, but you will get to build something and then try to destroy it! As always we’ll have full instructions and use only stuff that you either have at home now or can get from the grocery store.

We listened to the feedback from last time, and so this time along with the fun we’ll add a small bit of explanation of the science behind what we are doing, and something about the environment, too.

Also, if you are Facebooky type, we have a new Facebook Group page. Don’t be alarmed by the lack of activity on it; I just started it and haven’t yet promoted it at all. We’ll get that ramped up as we keep going. If you are on Facebook, though, do become a member of our group.

We had a big crowd last time, and this time we are going to be in the cafĂ© area so we’ll have plenty of room even if we have more people.

So, we are looking forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, thanks for reading!

Click for pictures of our first fun, free science event.

First one was fun, here’s the scientific proof! November 5, 2009

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Well, the reviews are in and even though we just about broke Whole Foods Market, we have been invited back for a second event on Nov. 14.

That’s right, it’s a second Second Saturday Science. Say that two times fast.

We’ll have more details on that soon, but first here are some photos from the first event:

And here’s a video of one of our “bombs.”

Thanks to Evelyn and Karen for the photos and Evelyn for the video.

Was the experiment a success? October 10, 2009

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Of course a big part of experimenting is figuring out the result. Why did the bomb work? Why did the volcano not erupt?

I’d like to hear from those who attended: Was this experiment in a Saturday morning activity good for you?

Here’s a quick poll, and under that if you want to leave comments you are welcome to. If you want to send comments that won’t be seen by others, you can contact Scott Yates through his blog, or you can use this site’s contact form.

Soon we’ll have some pictures and possibly a video of our first one.

If you did not come, well, hopefully we’ll see you on the next Second Saturday Science!

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