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Nikola Tesla

Activities

1.  Tesla was well known for his electrical inventions. Obviously, we can't have you doing experiments with Tesla Coils... but, we CAN let you learn from a safer form of electricity -- static electricity!  Check out this water bending experiment.  It works best if you have wool but your hair will do in a pinch.

2.  Grab a friend, two empty soda cans and a balloon!  You can race the empty cans without ever touching them with this static electricity experiment:

Materials

A smooth surface (like a table top)

• Straw 

• A container to mix dish soap and water 

• Dish soap 

• Water 

• Empty plastic bottle 

• Your hair 

Procedure

1. Mix some dish soap with water.

2. Coat the smooth surface with the soapy water. 

3. To blow a bubble, suck up some soapy water with the straw (NOT all the way! Don’t drink it!) and then blow it gently onto the smooth surface. 

4. Charge the empty plastic bottle by rubbing it with your hair, and then bring the side of the bottle near the soap bubble. Observe what happens. 

5. Blow a smaller bubble inside the bigger bubble, and see what happens when you place the charged plastic bottle near them. 

Question: What do you think is going on here? The soap bubble is electrically neutral (it has the same number of positive protons and negative electrons), but it also contains "impurities" which are ions that are either charged positively or negatively, and that can move around. When you bring a negatively charged object (the plastic bottle) near the bubble, the negative electrons in the bottle attract the positively charged ions within the bubble–remember, opposite charges attract—causing the bubble to move towards the bottle!

Nikola Tesla helped invent the radio, radar, and wireless communication as well as lights, robots, and remote controls.  But who was Nikola Tesla?  How did he and his inventions change the world?  And what was his beef with Thomas Edison?   

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Shakespeare

Activities

1.  Shakespeare wrote plays for others to enjoy.  Now it's your turn!  Try writing a short play and performing it!  It can be about anything you like.  Shakespeare often put fairies or other mystical creatures into his plays -- so use your imagination! 

2.  In many of Shakespeare's plays, there is a mystery to solve.  Grab the game Clue and play with family or friends.  Can you figure out whodunnit?

3.  A word cloud is a picture you make with words.  For example, you could write a poem about clouds in the shape of a cloud.  It's a fun way to play with words.  Shakespeare liked to play with words too.  Make your own word cloud about something that's important to you.  What shape will you make?  What words will you choose?  You can write about your family, friends, dog, favorite sport, an activity you love doing, or how much you love mac and cheese... or, broccoli!

There's a good chance you're familiar with the works of Shakespeare... Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth... Even episodes of Phineas and Ferb quote Shakespeare!  But who was Shakespeare? Why do teachers make their students read his plays? And what does Shakespeare have to do with... The Lion King? 

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Famous People History

Amelia Earhart

Activities

1.  Have your child imagine they are Amelia Earhart. Have them pick an important event or moment in her life and write a diary entry about it. It might be the first time she flew in a plane, making her first transatlantic flight, giving a speech about women’s rights, or taking off for her flight around the world.

2.  Time to make some clothespin airplanes!  Grab and adult and ask them to use the hot glue.  When your planes are done, you can fly them around the house and land them somewhere fun (and safe!)

3.  Make a paper airplane!  Ask a friend or sibling to make paper airplanes with you and see who can fly theirs the farthest!  Early aviators often experimented and modified their planes to break world records.  How can you modify your design to make it better?

Amelia Earhart was a famous, trailblazing airplane pilot who was setting world records in the 1920s and 1930s. But who was this daring lady?  How was she able to do what nobody had done before?  And how’d she wind up as the subject of one of the greatest mysteries of all time? 

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Greek Gods

Activities

1.  Nat Geo Kids has even more stories about Greek Gods and the humans they sent to do their bidding!

2. The Ancient Greeks invented the Olympics!  They competed in sports like running, jumping, and throwing. Grab a sibling or a friend and invent your own Olympics! Play tag, race, or create new games.

3. Go to your local or school library and look for Greek legends in the children's section! The Greek Gods had many different, amazing adventures that you might enjoy reading about.

Did you know Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash are based on very powerful beings that were created thousands of years ago? In fact, these beings were so powerful everyone worshipped them like Gods. Because, they WERE Gods! But who were The Greek Gods? What did they do and why were they created in the first place?

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da Vinci

Activities

1.  Would you like to be an artist like Leo?  Print this template and you too can make your own version of the Mona Lisa.  Should she have purple hair, a green dress or perhaps a polka dot dress and blue hair?

2.  Would you also like to be a scientist?  Sometimes scientists need to try something many times before they find a solution that works.  Here is a paper glider you can cut out and put together.  How far can you make it fly?  Do you have any ideas that would make it fly even further? 

3.  Do you think you can write backwards or mirrored like da Vinci?  Try on your own and then try writing while looking into a mirror.  (The words should look right in the mirror) Did that make it easier or harder?

Who was da Vinci?  What was he famous for?  And did he really collect dead bodies so he could study their organs?  He did!  He also wrote his notes backward! 

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Marie Curie

Want to experiment like Marie Curie? Check these out!

26 Bones Find the 26 Bones in your Foot. Marie Curie's invention of the field X-Ray allowed doctors to instantly diagnose broken bones. Your foot has more bones than any other part of your body!  See if you can find all 26 bones - without an X-Ray!  Need some help? Check out all the bones, over here.

Colored Cloth in Sunlight - Find several cloth items, such as shirts or towels, of various colors. Lay them on a sturdy, level surface in the bright sunlight. After 15 to 20 minutes, feel each one and note which is the warmest. Because dark colors reflect the least sunlight, they absorb the most heat. Light colors reflect the most sunlight and therefore stay cooler. That's why people tend to wear lighter colors in hot summer weather.

How did a woman named Marie discover radiation? What do you call the machine at the doctor’s office that takes pictures of your insides? How did Marie Curie use radiation and radioactivity to save lives during World War I? How many Nobel Prizes did Marie Curie win?

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Famous People History

Big Foot

Activities

1.  Bigfoot Facts for Kids – Learn additional interesting Kids Encyclopedia Facts and images about Bigfoot. Kid-appropriate articles about Bigfoot include -  Bigfoot Facts, Bigfoot, Texas Facts, Yeti Facts, and Willow Creek. Broaden your horizon and soak it all in.  

2.   Video – How to draw Big Foot (Sasquatch)  - An educational video to put your art skills to the test. With step-by-step instructions, learn how draw a furry Big Foot from head to toe. Enjoy the Art for Kids video. 

In the forests of the Northwest, the modern legend of Bigfoot is everywhere. Tales of a hulking, hairy, mysterious creature tromping through the tall trees, and scaring campers, abound. 

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