HTGYG Show #159: Science Fair, Singing and Space Showers!

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Europa orbiting Jupiter. (Artist’s impression. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser)

Europa orbiting Jupiter. (Artist’s impression. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser)


It’s that time of year again – science fair projects, stomach viruses, field trips and chaos! Apologies for the sound being off, but I wanted to get this out to you! This episode, I talk about our adventures finishing up the school assignments before the holiday break and the fun the kids had singing at various locations. I also talk about what I think is the biggest space news story of the year – Europa’s showers of water.

As promised, here’s the pic and link of the Mythbusters Science Fair Book – here’s #2, but we have both editions.

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Also, I recommend the following sites for creating bibliographies: Noodletools for MLA, and APA Format Citation Generator for APA style.

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HTGYG Show #152: International TableTop Day – Board Games for Everyone!

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TableTopDay_520x260 y_logo_thumbnailThis episode, I discuss the first ever International TableTop Day – a day for you to get together with your friends, family and anyone and play some cool board games! You can find more info about TableTop Day here and follow them on Twitter at @TableTopDay! You can also watch TableTop at YouTube, and find out more by following Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton on Twitter

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HTGYG Show #130: The Venus Transit and 365 Days of Astronomy!

Copyright © 2012 McGill University

This summer, we have a wonderful opportunity for some great astronomy! In this episode, I discuss the Venus Transit, and play an episode of  365 Days of Astronomy by Dr. Christopher Crockett from the United States Naval Observatory.

Here’s our friend Laith’s blog with more info.  Here’s a post he put up on our site as well. Here’s CosmoQuest’s coverage page – here is where you can watch the transit live online in conjunction with Universe Today, and catch the video later if you missed it. And here’s a link to Neil Tyson’s Startalk Radio – they are replaying an episode about Venus and observing. Plus more resources for other astronomical events that you can catch here while the kids are out for the summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Laith shares info about the Venus Transit on June 5th!

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Copyright © 2012 McGill University

Our new contributor Laith sent in the following blog post!

Tuesday June 5th 2012 hosts an event that will not be seen again until December of 2117. In the evening of the 5th (US time) the planet Venus will be visible as it crosses the disk of the Sun.

Starting at 6:09 p.m. EDT, Venus will spend the next seven hours traveling between Earth and the Sun.

Obviously this event is a once in a lifetime experience, however just like with an eclipse you need to take special care when viewing the Sun.

For your average family, who don’t have a telescope with the right sun viewing filters, the best way to view the event will be with a pinhole camera setup, Space.com has a good video on how to make one (http://www.space.com/15737-safely-sun-build-shoebox-pinhole-camera-video.html), you can find tons of good information about the event on their Transit of Venus FAQs page (http://www.space.com/15978-venus-transit-faq.html)

If you happen to have a normal telescope or a pair of binoculars you can also see a magnified view by using a projection technique (http://casa.colorado.edu/~dduncan/wp/?page_id=261 and http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit/how.html) but remember DON’T LOOK THROUGH THE LENS!

For those who don’t have the time, or bad weather there are several webcasts being done to highlight the event, NASA has one from the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii starting about 15 minutes before the transit, (http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/webcasts/nasaedge/) and they also provide a list of other online viewings (http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/webcast.php)

If you search around there are a number of science and astronomy podcasts that are talking about the event and many science blogs doing so as well. I also have a link to a NASA Science video about the transit posted over on my blog.
http://laith.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/astronomy-double-header-lunar-eclipse-and-transit-of-venus/

I hope that you will enjoy this experience with your kids as much as I plan to.

–Laith

HTGYG Show #125: Libraries and eReaders

This episode, I discuss how school and public libraries are integrating support for eReaders, and places you can get low or no cost books for you and your kids!

Links: Smashwords and Project Gutenberg

Facebook page for Free eBooks from Amazon

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HTGYG Show #123: Gary Speaks and Hunger Games Revisited

This episode, I’m joined by Jake the whining dog and lots of my own sneezes, which I hopefully edited out! Also, we have a number of voicemails from Gary on topics ranging from our show on Internet security, reading, crafts and Origami Yoda. Then I revisit the Hunger Games trilogy with my recommendations on the final two books.

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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HTGYG Show #121: Jimi & Isaac, School Project Materials and Having a Good Craft Closet!

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In this episode, the first thing I do is review the new book by Phil Rink – Jimi & Isaac 1a: School Soccer. This book is a wonderful story of how trying something new and changing up habits is a good thing which can lead you to discovering talents you didn’t know you had! You can pick it up here at Amazon – please support independent authors that you like! Thanks to Phil for the book, and we look forward to more in this fun series, aimed at upper elementary and middle schoolers.

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Air-dry clay, cardboard, acrylic craft paints and printed pictures

Then I discuss two different topics that work well together – supplies for school projects and having lots of craft supplies for cold, dreary afternoons with bored kids. I list basic supplies to have on hand that are good for all ages, and then talk about how we’ve used some more advanced supplies in craft projects and how that can be helpful for those school dioramas and models. Check out these pics for some of the projects I mention.

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Geronimo Stilton puppet made from polymer clay, pipe cleaners, construction paper, tape and a wooden dowel

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Polymer clay organelles in a glycerin soap cell model

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HTGYG Show #116: Halloween Fun: Costumes, Makeup and Pumpkins!

In this episode, I share some ideas for Halloween costumes, makup tips, including a great intro makeup voicemail from our friend and makeup artist Lizzie, and some cool pumpkin ideas. We got some great ideas, including no-sew and last minute options here at Family Fun magazine, and some fun geeky costume ideas using boxes here. There are also some fun ideas here at Costume Idea Zone

Here are a few links to some cool pumpkin videos, including a steampunk jack-o-lantern how-to and some freaky falling and smashing pumpkins below!

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HTGYG Show #109: Colorado Vacation Pt. 2: Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park!

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This time, I discuss our visit to Estes Park, Colorado, and our trips into the Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the wonders of the U.S.! We enjoyed seeing the Rooftop Rodeo, where an afternoon thunderstorm gave us a true Double Rainbow (see the second faint one to the left of the first, over the top of that mountain), as well as enjoying the splendor of the mountains. The kids even got to play in snow in July!

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HTGYG Show #108: Denver Vacation – Museums and Zoo!

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Amanda and Kevin at the Denver Zoo!

This episode, we come back with a whirlwind tour of our vacation adventures. We saw the fantastic Real Pirates exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, enjoyed the tour of the Hammond’s Candy Factory, visited the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, missed the tour of the Denver Mint, but had an adventure with a wild animal on the loose at the Denver Zoo!  (And yes, now I realize that the other mint is in Philadelphia, not D.C.!)

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The cassowary, allegedly the “world’s most dangerous bird.” Pic credit

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