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November 12, 2016

Kacey Templin

Fall Learning Series Part 8: Science Career Experiments

Topics: Kids And Creativity, STEM

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It’s career Saturday on ThinkFun’s Fall Learning Series! This time around, we look at four intriguing science-based careers your child might be interested in pursuing. Why not ignite that passion early with a little weekend experimentation? In this post, we’ll learn a little more about careers in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Our fall learning series is designed to give you a chance to teach your children about something new and interesting. Each week our blog covers a new topic, and is filled with specially curated activities that let you get hands-on with each lesson. It’s a great way to spend time with family and learn all at once!

Engineer – Robotic Coloring Activity

The word engineer comes from Latin words meaning “devise” and “cleverness”. Engineers take scientific and mathematic knowledge and they create solutions for various technical problems. They differ slightly from traditional scientists in that they focus more on the application of science rather than the science itself. The difference disciplines of engineering include civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. 

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In this experiment, provided by Crystal and Co., kids can create their very own coloring robot! This experiment is a little more in-depth than other experiments we’ve featured, but the result is totally worth it. By attaching a toy motor, markers, and a battery to a plastic cup, your little robot will come to life right in front of your eyes!

Physicist – The Transfer of Energy

 Physics is the study of matter, energy, and forces. Physicists observe natural phenomena and use mathematics to develop theories which help explain why they occur. Famous physicists include Albert Einstein, Isaac Newtown, and even Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory!

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Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls has a simple transfer of energy experiment that teaches kids about the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy. A ruler with a groove and a few marbles are all that’s required to teach your children about energy that is stored and energy that is in motion.

Chemist – Homemade Plastic

Chemistry is a branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties, and change of matter. Those who study chemistry can find jobs as researchers, teachers, and laboratory technicians. Special fields within chemistry include biochemistry, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, physical chemistry and more.

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While modern chemists have still not figured out how to transform every day materials into gold, they have figured out how to turn milk into plastic! Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls does it again with this fun experiment that teaches about how different materials can work together to make something completely unexpected. The acid found in the vinegar causes the protein in the milk to coagulate, thus becoming tough and hard. See what kind of fun shapes you can mold into this zany and strange product!

Biologist – Bean Growing

Biologists study life in all its different forms, researching important processes and how organisms relate to their environment. Specialties can include zoology, microbiologists, geneticists, and ecologists. The term “biology” comes from the Greek work “bios”, meaning life.

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When I was in 4th grade, we grew lima beans in plastic baggies to study during our plant lessons. Two Busy Brunettes updates this experiment by using CD cases instead of plastic bags to grow their beans. This gives kids a chance to see the whole bean growing process, from putting roots down into the soil to bursting out of its little bean shell. All you need for this experiment is a bean, soil, water, sunlight, a CD case, and time. Have children measure and record the bean’s daily progress, then begin to label the various parts of the plant. It’s a fun way to introduce young minds to the world of biology!

Jobs in science fields can be extremely rewarding. Whether your child wants to study marine life out in the Atlantic Ocean, or the expansiveness of the universe, there is a career path for him or her. We live in an age where the sky’s the limit and kids really can pursue their dreams!

Stay tuned next week, as we take a look at Native American Culture across North America!

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