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how things work.

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seeing firsthand how things work –

up close and personal style.

 

“i always want to know how things work.

had i been aladdin, i am certain that just after one wish or two,

i’d have taken that old lamp apart

to see if I could make another, better lamp.”

-walter p. chrysler

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science through coloring.

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periodic table crayon covers teach kids science through coloring

one of the best ways to capture a child’s imagination is with a box of crayons. etsy shop ¡Que Interesante!, which calls itself a place “where geek meets art,” has created special labels for crayons and colored pencils to help kids learn about the elements of the periodic table, and their chemical reactions, while coloring.

¡Que Interesante! used the flame test, a qualitative test in which the chemical makeup of a compound is identified by the color it gives off when placed in a flame, to match chemicals to colors.

“so,” according to the company, “instead of thinking, ‘i want green’ they will think ‘i want Barium Nitrate Ba(NO3)2 Flame’ and then when they take chemistry in high school and their teacher sets some gas on fire and it makes a green color and they ask the class what chemical it was your student will know it was barium.”

 

“as long as chemistry is studied, there will be a periodic table.

and even if someday we communicate with another part of the universe,

we can be sure that one thing both cultures will have in common

is an ordered system of the elements that will be instantly recognizable

by both intelligent life forms.

—john emsley, nature’s building blocks: an A-Z guide to the elements

 

 

credits: etsy, mental floss, r.obias, que interesante

wonderful.

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family watches with pride and awe

as mom/wife/my youngest daughter

crosses the stage to get her master’s degree

she worked so hard for this

all while

caring for them

teaching full time

learning at night

and

showing them what is possible.

“do something wonderful, people may imitate it. “

-albert schweitzer

 

 

proud of you baby girl, go blue!