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Volunteer at the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

August 3, 2020

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is able to save and improve the lives of homeless pets because of our vast network of generous volunteers. They provide support at the shelter, at our numerous events, through our growing humane education programs and through our Pet Assisted Therapy Program. In return, the volunteer programs offer great learning opportunities, socialization and fun in an environment with one goal: to help homeless pets in need. Kids are more than welcome to volunteer with us, but must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent or guardian that is at least 18 years of age.  You can also check out the puppy cam at the San Francisco SPCA!

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Exploring rocks

July 27, 2020

Preschoolers love looking at and collecting rocks! So why not turn this interest in rocks into a simple science table? Young children will love using real science tools to explore rocks!

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Tinker and create with the recycling

July 20, 2020

Bored? Go tinker with the recycling! When looking to inspire your kids’ creativity, search no further than your recycling bin. Glass, plastic, and cardboard are all incredibly versatile crafting supplies with an infinite number of uses. While you could just let your little ones loose with a stack of old magazines, a little direction could prove helpful (at least to get started).

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Float DIY Water Bottle Boats

July 13, 2020

Make mini boats to float or race with recycled water bottles.

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Hula-Hooping with a Rubber Band science experiment

July 6, 2020

Are you any good at hula-hooping? If not, don’t worry—you can do this fun project without any hula-hooping experience. You will examine some of the fascinating physics behind hula-hooping using just a pencil and a rubber band.

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Exploding Watermelon Volcano

July 6, 2020

Make an exploding watermelon volcano out of a small watermelon. We love volcano activities and baking soda science! This summer we have the WATERMELON-CANO!

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Go on a Bird Walk

June 27, 2020

Get out your binoculars and get some exercise while you learn about the birds of this area. Tahoe Institute of Science has created this great seasonal species checklist of the birds of the Lake Tahoe basin. It lists every species documented to have occurred at Lake Tahoe, along with breeding status and abundance codes broken out by season (note that these are not the standard, solar seasons).

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Candy Math game

June 27, 2020

Do you love math games? How about starburst candy? Follow along as Armando from the Children’ s Museum Houston shows us how to make this DIY bar graph with Starbursts!

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The cool science behind making your own ice cream

June 22, 2020

Ice cream – It’s yummy and it’s a fun science experiment. Ice cream might be the one science experiment that you would want to eat. Try this fun technique called Ice cream in a bag.

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Solar oven project for kids

June 22, 2020

Summer STEM isn’t complete until you have made your own sun oven or solar cooker for melting s’mores. No campfire needed with this engineering classic!

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Homemade Shrinky Dinks!

June 22, 2020

Did you know you can SHRINK plastic objects down to a fraction of their size? This fun STEAM activity is appropriately called Shrinky Dinks! Watch as your plastic design rapidly shrinks when heated. What do you notice about your shrinky dink before, during, and after it shrinks down? Thanks Boston Children’s Museum for a fun video!

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Dissecting a flower and learn about its parts

June 15, 2020

Find a cool flower and gently dissect it. Investigate all the different parts that make up the flower. What do all the different parts do? Can you put it back together? Can you name all the parts?

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Dyed flowers science experiment

June 15, 2020

Set up a simple and visually stunning science experiment with the kids to explore the transfer of water through a plant! This is easy enough for a preschooler to understand and makes a great introduction to practical science investigations.

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Learn how to make a simple straw aeration hydroponic system

June 15, 2020

Kids are amazed to see plants growing without soil. This simple kid-powered system gives them a chance to experiment and explore hydroponic basics.

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Bringing a dose of KidZone to your home

June 8, 2020

Join KidZone educators Holly and Piper for this awesome tutorial from the KidZone Art Room on pendulum art!

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Make your own marble run

June 1, 2020

#ThinkeryAtHome shows us how to build our own Marble Run using office and kitchen supplies we almost certainly have around the house. Follow her template or get creative and build as big and complex a track as we can imagine!

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Marble milk science and art project

June 1, 2020

Learn how to make Marbled Milk Paper from the popular marbled milk science experiment.

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Make your own cloud in a jar

May 25, 2020

Don’t you just love looking at clouds in the sky? I sure do! But how do they get there? We decided to get into some hands-on science by making our own clouds in a jar.

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TaHome Nature Education: Tahoe Skies by Tahoe Institute of Natural Science

May 25, 2020

TINS is doing their part to bring Tahoe kids and families amazing lesson plans. This week’s lesson plan is all about the Tahoe Skies. Thank you, TINS!

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Try this fun air pressure experiment!

May 25, 2020

Why does water rise? In this experiment a candle and some rising colored water reveal a hidden property of air that’s around you all the time.

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Explore pollination with TINS

May 18, 2020

Tahoe Institute of Natural Science has amazing curriculums for all things Tahoe.  This week they explore pollination and all the critters that help. Check out their Tahoe Nature Activity Book, too!

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Build your own cloud viewer

May 18, 2020

Clouds are a neat weather project to explore for spring science. Make your very own cloud viewer and take it outside for a fun cloud identification activity. You can even keep a cloud journal!

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Create your own moon flip book

May 18, 2020

Each night, the Moon looks a little different. Sometimes it’s almost round, and other times it’s just a sliver. But the moon doesn’t really change – all that changes is our view.  Use this flip book to record what you observe!

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Breakfast science with Sierra Nevada Journeys

May 11, 2020

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but did you know it’s also the great time for science. Use the scientific method to find the ratio of pancake mix to water that makes the fluffiest pancakes.

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Getting fizzy with it

May 11, 2020

Have some fun experimenting with chemical reactions. California Science center has lots of fun ideas you can do right at home with items you can find in your cupboard

 

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Live cams at San Diego Zoo

May 11, 2020

Watch all the fun antics of the amazing animals at the San Diego Zoo.  The koalas are so cute!

 

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Make a catapult

May 4, 2020

Exploring physics has never been so exciting for kids because everyone loves to launch stuff into the air! A catapult made out of popsicle sticks is the perfect kids’ activity for simple physics.

 

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Roller coaster science

May 4, 2020

Try designing your own roller coaster and learn more about the science behind it with the scientist at California Science Center.

 

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baby ducks in spring

Tahoe’s spring baby animals

May 4, 2020

Learn about the Tahoe region’s spring baby animals with Tahoe Institute of Natural Science.

 

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Chain reactions

April 27, 2020

Learn about Rube Goldberg machines in this fun experiment. This chain Reaction experiment is a playful and inventive approach to learning about cause and effect. Also check out the fun video of the ultimate Rube Goldberg machine.

 

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Tahoe Nature Activity Book from TINS

April 27, 2020

The Tahoe Nature Activity Book is designed to enhance grades K-2 curricula and align with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) programming. The book is illustrated and designed for children to learn more about the natural wonders of the Lake Tahoe area.

 

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Make a simple rain gauge

April 27, 2020

There’s no better way to learn about the weather than to observe it and experience it first hand. Keep track of Tahoe’s precipitation with a simple rain gauge made from a clear plastic bottle.

 

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Celebrate Earth Day with the Exploratorium

April 20, 2020

April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Join The Exploratorium for an online program exploring some of the big ideas behind the science of the Earth’s systems. Watch the live stream on YouTube and Facebook.

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KidZone Teen Board Tutorials

April 20, 2020

Watch the KidZone Teen Board Tutorial for a toilet paper roll flower art project!

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Discover Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

April 20, 2020

Join the park ranger for an interactive tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Fly over an active volcano, explore a lava tube, and look across a volcanic cliff.

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Discover all the little critters of spring

April 20, 2020

Take your wee explorers outside and encourage them to explore and discover the tiny critters all around. Bring a magnifying glass and jars.

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Popping Perfect Popcorn

April 13, 2020

Learn the science behind popping the perfect popcorn for your next family movie night.

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Virtual spring break at the San Diego Zoo

April 13, 2020

The Zoo is currently closed, but you can stay connected to wildlife—and have fun! Join them on a Virtual Mission: Spring Break April 3–19 through these activities.

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Explore animal senses with Tahoe Institute of Natural Science

April 13, 2020

TINS is publishing environmental learning activities each Monday, focusing on a diversity of place-based learning topics. Each lesson is geared toward elementary-aged students, with activities for K-2 and 3-5 graders.

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A Slime By Any Other Name

April 6, 2020

It’s green, it’s gooey it’s…OOBLECK! Mr. O puts a science spin to this classic slime

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The Exploratorium’s “Science Snack”

April 6, 2020

Learn the science behind soap and its amazing ability to inactivate coronavirus

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The Art and Science of Marbling

April 6, 2020

The Children’s museum of Houston teaches us how to marbleize paper and all the cool science behind it.

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Watch the live cam at Monterey Bay Aquarium!

March 30, 2020

Check out the animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Be delighted by the antics of the sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of their jellies. With 10 live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

Sea Otter Cam
Penguin Cam
Jelly Cam
Shark Cam

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Draw a sea turtle

Draw a sea turtle with Deep Space Sparkle

March 30, 2020

Deep Space Sparkle is a great resource for teaching kids art. In this lesson she reads a beautiful book called “life” and then leads the kids through a drawing. All you will need is paper, crayon, and watercolors.

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“Learn at Home” with Scholastic

March 30, 2020

Scholastic is offering a great online resource, called Learn at Home.

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Science Snack from the Exploratorium

March 30, 2020

Learn the science behind soap and the coronavirus from the people at San Francisco’s Exploratorium.

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Keep your little ones engaged with hands-on PLAY activities!

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CONNECT with games, puzzles and activities that encourage connection!

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