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Grades 6-8


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Deformed Frogs: The Big Mystery

Frogs with a single hind leg were not the most surprising discovery this seventh-grader from New York made. Read what he learned about the nationwide increase in frog deformities.

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.



Train of Thought

Take your imagination on a wonderful, mind-bending trip with these "thought experiments" worthy of Einstein himself. With this train, it truly is all about the journey.



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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