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Grades 6-8

At the fresh age of ten, I became apprenticed to my father to learn the precise techniques of bird banding. I am pictured here with a red phalarope.

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Growing Up at Espenberg: Eggstatic About Foxes

This Alaskan senior wanted more from her summers than being her parents' research assistant. Travel north of the Arctic Circle, and take a close look at her hands-on—and hand-off—research on foxes.

Figure 10: A sketch of the outside and inside of a Douglas fir cone.

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Salmon Creek: A Search for the Missing Salmon

One hundred years ago, salmon were so plentiful that children could stack them along the banks like firewood. This seventh-grader wanted to know what happened to all the salmon in Salmon Creek.

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What Is Tradition? Vietnam

Altars decorated to welcome ancestors home for the New Year, a Mid-Autumn Festival where kids parade through their neighborhoods in masks and receive toys ... take a look at Vietnamese traditions, past and present.

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Activity

Witnessing the Effects of Length Contraction

When does a 12-inch ruler look shorter than it really is? When it's fast on the move. In fact, at the speed of light, it would shrink to nothing. See length contraction for yourself ... at a safe speed.

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Hands-on Activity

Fusion Simulation

Confused about fusion? You won't be once you've completed this experiment, which demonstrates how a strong nuclear force can fuse two protons that naturally repel each other.

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Activity

How the Sun Works

Talk about a long-term power source. For billions and billions of years, the Sun has been giving off energy that equals 4 x 1026 watts. What keeps the Sun burning so bright?

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