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Observation

Ice Lanterns

June 21, 2012 Activities
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For the southern hemisphere today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Most of the winter solstice traditions come from the northern hemisphere where it is very dark and snowy, so they often involve candles and bonfires to make light. I wanted to use candles, but I also wanted some way to […]

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Venus Transit – recovering from yesterday.

June 7, 2012 Earth and Beyond
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Yesterday I live tweeted/instagrammed/blogged/Facebooked the transit of Venus. All that running up and down stairs, stopping the telescope and screen from falling over, searching for the sun, swearing at Telstra as my mobile internet goes out again, and trying to take photos while balancing everything in the wind was exhausting. Thank whatever deity for fast shutter […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Transit of Venus Live!

June 6, 2012 Earth and Beyond
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In my first science live blogging/tweeting/instagramming event I’m attempting to cover today’s transit of Venus. As I get photos I will be adding them here, plus you can follow my tweets. For a slightly more exciting version, I’ve also embedded a video from a live feed from the Exploratorium, but you need Flash to see […]

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The Transit of Venus

June 4, 2012 Earth and Beyond
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Photo of the 2004 transit by Jan Herold. If your social media feeds are anything like mine, they are currently going crazy about the transit of Venus. I have emails, tweets, updates and more tweets reminding me that it’s the last time this century we’ll get to see it. So for those of you for […]

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The Lazy Parent’s Guide to Plants

May 31, 2012 Activities
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Big girl is really into ticking things off at the moment. I don’t know why, but she likes to match things to a list then tick them off. So the other day when I was shivering behind a windbreak outside and they wanted to run around, I drew pictures of different parts of plants and […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Baby Tomatoes

May 16, 2012 Life and Living
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It has come to my attention that some people think I can grow plants. In reality, I have a black thumb. I can germinate them, but then they always die, or go mouldy, or are blown away in a cyclone (seriously!) or are otherwise stunted and sickly. So here I am very proudly showing off […]

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Kid Questions: Why does my voice sound funny in the tunnel?

April 30, 2012 Energy and Change
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There is a spot in our school where the classrooms and verandahs make a little tunnel about 10m long. The kids all love the echoey sound and it’s common to see them popping in and out and giggling madly. The little girl noticed it the other day when we were walking through the school and […]

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Hoop Surveys

April 5, 2012 Activities
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The last time we did this type of thing we were outside with cameras, the whole yard was our canvas and we were skimming over the top, picking the highlights. This week we did the opposite – pulled it back to a piece of ivory two inches on a side, on which we worked with […]

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Living Things Scavenger Hunt

March 8, 2012 Activities
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The girls adore taking pictures, but tend to just snap away and we get hundreds of photos of leaves, or the sky, or their fingers and then they are forgotten. At the same time we keep finding fascinating things outside but not having a way to record them. So we remembered to take the camera […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Glue on your hands

March 7, 2012 Materials
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Putting glue on your hand then peeling it off? That’s totally science!  

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