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The Fun of SciFri: Science Friday!

Oct 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Get ready for the big surprise - it’s a weekly talk show about science, airing each Friday on National Public Radio. Also called “SciFri” by its fans, the two-hour show is hosted by Ira Flatlow. It's more than your average radio show however; it's extremely enlightening, because during discussions, you have the chance to hear multiple sides of ideas and science theories you might not have heard otherwise.

Last week's show, airing on October 10th, discussed a myriad of topics, such as bacteria in the home, consuming MSG, and covered updated research on the ocean water temperatures. Science Friday has so much to offer kids, but try getting children to listen to two hours of NPR. It might be easier to eat soup with a fork. Instead, you can use the clips on the Science Friday website, and pair them with entertaining activities and discussions to create your own “Science Friday”!

Choose whichever day works for your family, and try to commit to it each week. Add in regular segments that kids can expect, but be sure to mix up some activities to keep things fresh and exciting.

To help inspire your first Science Friday, here's our example of a fun experience we're sure kids will love!

Science in the Kitchen

Make a night of it! With a myriad of science experiments that you can perform right in your kitchen, you and your children can veer away from a night in front of the television or I-pad, and instead perform fun activities that will exercise the brain. Here are a few examples of experiments from our YouTube channel:

· Dancing Pasta

· Coffee Can Experiment

· “Homemade Quicksand”

Science Talk

Create weekly segments or cover current science events and findings. Perhaps you can go around the table at dinnertime, or talk while you’re gathering materials for your experiment. You can adjust this over time as you learn more about which particular sciences intrigue your kids the most.


You can always find great ideas through Mad Science; in fact, we’ve shared some more fun ideas below:

· Cork Rocket

· Balancing Act

· Bubble Catching

Of course, these are just simple projects you can do at home. By signing up your son or daughter for one of our after-school programs, he or she will have the equipment and instruction needed to perform more extensive experiments, and further his or her scientific development.

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