Grades 6-8

First Day at Sea and Exploration Vessels

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First Day at Sea and Exploration Vessels

Set sail with a team of teachers and scientists studying deep sea vents off the coast of Washington State. Experience the first day of the exciting trip—the sights, sounds, and seasickness.

They Glow!

They Glow!

Most of the deep sea is very dark, with little or no sunlight. But that doesn't mean marine animals are in the dark! Learn how these clever creatures create their own light.

What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

Did you know that you have more than 30,000 genes? Or that DNA carries all the information a cell needs to make you uniquely you? Take a look at the science of where it ALL begins.

What Do You Know About Genetics?

What Do You Know About Genetics?

How much do you know about what makes you you? Test your genetics knowledge with this interactive quiz. Then, take a nurturing look at the answers when you're done.

Make Your Own Astronomy Stationery

Make Your Own Astronomy Stationery

Looking for an easy way to add some star power to your letters and notes? These ready-to-print letterheads are astronomical in every way but their cost! 

Make Your Own Genetics Stationery

Make Your Own Genetics Stationery

Your DNA carries your unique imprint. Shouldn't your stationery? Add your name and address—and anything else you want to say—to these colorful letterheads.

What Do You Know About Biodiversity?

What Do You Know About Biodiversity?

Invasive species, endangered species, the Endangered Species Act—when it comes to biodiversity, is your knowledge thriving or close to extinct? Find out with this interactive quiz. 

Make Your Own Biodiversity Stationery

Make Your Own Biodiversity Stationery

Honor extinct animals, send a desert snapshot, or let an emperor scorpion deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files. 

Light Quest

Light Quest

Particles and waves, reflection and refraction—how enlightened are you about the subject of light? Find out with Light Quest!, a kid-friendly trivia game.

Space Jell-O

Space Jell-O

Thanks to Einstein, we know that space bends around anything that has mass. Need help bending your mind around this concept? Mix up some Jell-O, and play with your food!

Views from Windows

Views from Windows

Is life really speeding by, or is it just the vehicle you're traveling in? Stretch your imagination with a personal look at how the height and velocity of your vantage point affect the view.

Thinking in Three Dimensions

Thinking in Three Dimensions

What do books, posters, TV screens, and computer monitors have in common? They all render our 3D world in 2D. Playfully explore the third dimension by building an origami waterbomb.

See the Light

See the Light

Light always travels in straight lines—that is, unless it bends or bounces off an object's surface. Take an enlightening look at light with these three easy experiments.

Einstein in Time

Einstein in Time

Considered a genius by the world, Einstein once said, "I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious." Take a quick look at where Einstein's curiosity took him—and the world.

Atomic Mobile

Atomic Mobile

All living things contain carbon, the sixth element on the Periodic Table. Make a mobile of this elemental element with scissors, wire, pipe cleaners, and clay.

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