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Holidays and Hands-On Science

School break is the perfect time for some fun hands-on science at home! Keep kids engaged and entertained with easy, informal experiments using common household items. Our collections of Afterschool Resources and Summer Science Fun are full of great ideas. Learn the chemistry behind salting icy roadsbuild a geyser, learn about robots, and test gravity. You'll also find reading suggestions and educational computer games. Build a spacecraftcompare the size of planets, test your reaction time, and power a city.

We also have resources on the science behind winter sports, an explanation of why you get the chills, and why cold cars won't start. Or put on your detective hat for the case of how Frosty the Snowman Meets His Demise. Take part in the longest-running citizen science wildlife census in the world during the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. You can find more opportunites for kids to participate in research in this Thinkfinity discussion and in this lesson on citizen science in your own backyard. Also, a number of our reviewed STEM apps collect data shared by users for larger research efforts.

Need help finding a good book or a last minute gift idea? Check out SB&F's Holiday Gift Guide. This collection includes the finalists for the 2014 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize and has recommendations for every age.

Happy Holidays from the Science NetLinks team!

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