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Start a Rock Collection

Why collect rocks? Because every rock has a story to tell about how Earth, and life on it, has changed over time. Learn how to create a collection that rocks!

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Grow Rock Candy

No matter where you find mineral salt—on your table or at the beach—you'll see its unique cube-shaped crystals. Take a sweet look at the crystal patterns and compositions of minerals.

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Earth Books

Explore the Earth's deepest mysteries. Grasp the solar system and space exploration. See the powerful forces unleashed by nature. And put the world at your fingertips with these nine kid-friendly books.

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Planetary Mysteries

How much do you know about the Earth's little neighborhood within the vast universe? Take a virtual tour of our solar system to explore its many mysteries. Then put your new-found knowledge to the test.

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Read With Your Fingers

Reading by touch instead of sight forms new and different neuron connections. Discover firsthand how your brain can learn to read Braille with your fingertips. 

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Draw Your Nervous System

Neurons can send more than 100 signals a second at speeds up to 250 miles an hour. Create a life-sized drawing to learn more about your body's speedy message carriers. 

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Taste a Smell Test

It's not just the taste buds in your mouth that let you taste sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and other flavors. Take the Jellybean Test to find out how your nose helps you taste. 

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Test Your Reaction!

In a game like dodge ball, how is it that your brain is able to tell you to raise your arm and block an incoming ball with your elbow? Find out with this simple experiment. 

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Journey to Deep Sea Vents

Journey thousands of meters below sea level to examine the underwater geysers that spew hot, mineral-rich water from beneath the seafloor ... and that are host to an amazing diversity of life.

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Making Rocks

Some volcanoes slowly ooze magma while others explode with immense power. Yet all volcanic eruptions begin in the magma chamber. Meet a scientist who has created a model chamber in his lab.

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