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7 Science Activities for Summer

Posted on Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Summer is here, and if you're like many of us, that means you now have a house full of kids in desperate need of something to keep them amused.  When Fortnite loses its appeal, wrangle up your kids and some basic crafting materials and have some hands-on fun with these easy science experiments.

Here's all seven videos in our Building Up STEAM series of DIY projects and activities for you and your kids.  These are all a great way to spend a summer afternoon, or they can expanded upon for science projects in the upcoming school year.  (If you like these at-home experiments, you should see our live assembly shows!)

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Topics: ideas for science fair projects, STEAM activities, STEAM, ideas for STEAM, DIY, Summer, how to

Fireworks in a Jar | 4th of July Fun

Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 2018

The 4th of July is right around the corner!  The night sky will be filled with beautiful fireworks but before the sun goes down start the celebration by creating safe and colorful "fireworks" that you can make all by yourself.  This easy experiment uses common items you probably already have in your kitchen!  Have some hands-on fun with the whole family before the real fireworks begin!  Happy Independence Day!

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Topics: DIY, Handy Dan the Junkyard Man, Arts and Crafts, Fun, Summer

Make a Magic Flipping Bottle | Fun Activity

Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Hey everybody!  Handy Dan is back for another summer of fun activities!  We're going to start things off with an activity you'll flip for - a magic flipping bottle!  Learn how to impress your family and friends with a water bottle that will always land right side up when you flip it.  It may look like magic, but it's really science at work!  Check it out!

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Topics: DIY, Handy Dan the Junkyard Man, Arts and Crafts, Fun

April Showers | Rainy Day Science Activity

Posted on Thu, Apr 5, 2018

It’s time to bid farewell to the snowflakes and get out our umbrellas -- spring is finally here! And as we all know, with April showers come May flowers...but where do those April showers come from, anyway?  We’re here to help you out with a quick refresher on the water cycle just in time to make the most of those rainy days -- along with a few activities to make the time go by faster!

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Topics: DIY, Building Up STEAM, science experiments, Rainy Day Activity, weather, water

Make a Rainbow in a Bottle | St. Patrick's Day Science Activity

Posted on Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Don’t worry -- you don’t have to wish for rain on this St. Patrick’s Day to be able to enjoy a rainbow! Handy Dan and his friend Junkbot are here to teach you how to make your very own St. Paddy’s Day rainbow* in the privacy of your own home -- you won’t even need an umbrella!

*pot of gold not included.

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Topics: DIY, Handy Dan the Junkyard Man, Arts and Crafts, Fun, St. Patrick's Day

3 Easy-to-Make Valentine's Day Gifts | Valentine's Day Crafts

Posted on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

This Valentine's Day, Handy Dan and Junkbot are excited to show you how to make a last-minute gift for your Valentine with things you might already have at home!  There's 3 activities for you to choose from, all great for all-ages and what you've been looking for to fill your school's Valentine's Day parties.  Are you ready to get started?

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Topics: DIY, Handy Dan the Junkyard Man, Arts and Crafts, Fun, Valentine's Day

Building Up STEAM | DIY Activities and Experiments

Posted on Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Here are all seven videos in our Building Up STEAM series of DIY projects and activities for you and your kids, perfect for a rainy day, an in-school activity, or an after-school enrichment.  Make your own ice cream, levitate a ping pong ball, seemingly defy the laws of physics, and more!

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Topics: ideas for STEM, ideas for STEAM, DIY, Building Up STEAM, science experiments, STEAM Activity

The Strength of a Curve | Super Structures

Posted on Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Last time on Super Structures we showed you how incredibly strong an egg can be.  This time, marvel at the strength a curve can provide.  Check out this amazing demonstration that you Jr. Engineers can try yourself from the one and only Jasmine Blaise.

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Topics: technology activities for kids, ideas for STEM, video, STEAM, DIY, STEAM Activity, STEM Activity, Fun, Super Structures, ideas for science assemblies

Happy Holidays | Learn How to Make Snow Dough

Posted on Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Happy Holidays from Mobile Ed and the Amazing Junkyard of Wonderful Stuff! Handy Dan and his wisecracking sidekick Junkbot will show you how to make your winter holidays fun and merry with a new creation: Snow Dough!  It's a cold, soft material, like snow, that's irresistibly fun and hard to put down.  This is a great activity for any holiday parties and it's really easy to do!  Are you ready?

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Topics: World Holidays, DIY, Handy Dan the Junkyard Man, STEAM Activity, STEM Activity, Arts and Crafts, Rainy Day Activity, Fun, Winter

Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition: The Thanks Gobbler

Posted on Thu, Nov 23, 2017

It's Thanksgiving all across America today, even in the Amazing Junkyard of Wonderful Stuff.  Handy Dan shows you a really nice tradition that you and your family can start this year.  It's called the Thanks Gobbler and it's a lovely way to share what you're truly thankful for.  Take a look!

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Topics: DIY, Handy Dan the Junkyard Man, STEAM Activity, STEM Activity, Arts and Crafts, Rainy Day Activity, Fun, Thanksgiving