Space Activities and Facts for Kids

Looking for more activities for at home or school?

First School offers a variety of Space activities and links to help you share the excitement and wonder of outer space with your children. From fun facts to online games and coloring templates, First School provides everything you need for a successful introduction to space.

Click here and spend the afternoon refreshing your knowledge and picking out the best activities for your children.

My Outer Space Friend

Sure aliens may be a fabricated idea related to space travel, but either way… if you come across and alien they’re just like you and me!

Hello Jupiter!

The star looking dot on the lower left is the really the planet Jupiter.

Have you seen Jupiter in the sky? For the first time in over 50 years you can see Jupiter shining brightly near the full moon!

Astronomers have noted that the planet is so clear you can see the astronomic clouds around the planet as well as its markings. Near Jupiter you can even see a faint Uranus.

The last time Jupiter made such a dynamic appearance was in 1963. The planet is located 368 million miles from Earth adding amazement to the extraordinary show in the sky.

Grab your camera at nightfall and enjoy the rare appearance! Jupiter and Uranus will be visible for the next few weeks.

Hands-On Approach

I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand
– Chinese Proverb

Experience is the best teacher.  Learning by doing.  Learning is not a spectator sport.  These are all phrase that could be used to explain hands-on learning.

A hands-on approach to learning is exactly what we like to do at Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science.  We like to get everyone who wants to be involved with the shows and events involved.

How do we do this?  We let the children do many of the experiments themselves.  We ask questions after questions to get them thinking about the processes happening.  We will test their questions.  For example, during a Kitchen Chemistry class a child asked, “Does baking soda make lemon juice fizz like vinegar?”  A great question!  That child came up and put some baking soda in the lemon juice and found the answer to their question.

To find out for yourself mix equal parts of lemon juice and water to give yourself a good amount of solution.  Drop in around a teaspoon of baking soda.  Remember, it might fizz.  Make sure you are testing this in an area that is easy to clean up or in a large enough container.

We do all sorts of fun activities like these and many others here at Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science.   Go to our website and check out what we offer.

www.sarahickmanstopsecretscience.com

All week we have been discussing “Waiting for Superman.”  At Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science we are taking action!

We have launched a program called “Early Risers.”  This program brings our science events to low-income schools and daycares.  If you would like to help out this program you can click here for more information.

NYC Premiere Draws Attention

“Waiting for Superman” premiered this week in New York City, drawing attention from all sectors including activists and celebrities.

Singer/songwriter John Legend attended the premiere and noted, “I was really inspired by the film. I’ve already been paying attention to what’s been going on with education reform. I think it’s such an important issue right now for the future of this country.”

Watch the entire coverage from NYPOST.com below.

Take Action

“Waiting for Superman” demonstrates the importance of education reform in our country. If you are feeling inspired by the film there are ways you can help starting with writing to your governor. “Waiting for Superman” is working towards writing 250,000 letters nationwide to legislators pleading for help, showing the importance of education in our country. A sample letter from “Waiting for Superman” is as follows:

Dear Gubernatorial Candidate

Too many of our high school students are not prepared for either college or for the jobs of the 21st century. We need clear, consistent, and high education standards that will prepare all students in our state and across the country for a 21st century economy.

I urge you to take the Candidate’s Pledge to support the implementation of rigorous world-class standards, such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and to support other policies that will fully realize these standards for every one of our school children.

Candidate’s Pledge on Common Core Standards:
In today’s world, we must adequately prepare our students for life beyond high school. Our students will be leaving our schools and competing for jobs not just with students from other states but with graduates from other countries. The best way to accelerate our state’s economic recovery is to invest in today’s students – who will be tomorrow’s workers.

Therefore, I hereby pledge that if elected as Governor to support the adoption in my state of the high-quality and consistent Common Core Standards. I further pledge that if elected, I will do everything possible for a timely and full implementation of these world-class standards, including a plan that insures that these standards reach every classroom. I will fully support policies that make these standards meaningful and applicable to every student.

It is in the interest of our children, our state and our nation to better prepare our students for life beyond high school. Clear, consistent, and high quality standards will help restore America to be the world’s leader in innovation and productivity.

Click here for more information to start your own letter writing campaign.

Join the Fight

Even more than writing letters to your government, join your local education reform movement. Across the country groups are meeting to spread awareness about the lack of education in poverty-stricken areas. Join the fight by visiting this website to see how you can take part in the movement reshaping America’s education system.

Waiting for Superman

Yesterday, Oprah dedicated the entire hour to one movie.  A movie that Oprah, Davis Guggenheim (the director), Bill Gates and many others are hoping will, “revolutionize America’s schools.”

I first heard of “Waiting for Superman” on Twitter,  I watched the same trailer was just moved to tears. How could this be going on in our country? Will it be any better when I send my little girl to school in 5 years?

I had to do something. It just so happens that I have a great tool to help take a stand.  I own a an early childhood education entertainment business.  At Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science we go to schools and perform entertaining and educational math and science events.  After watching the trailer for “Waiting for Superman” it hit me.  I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and there are plenty of low income schools right here in my area. I am going to take my events to these schools.

I sat down with my leadership team and we made a game plan.  “Early Risers” have a goal to get the children excited about learning math and science and get it started early.  By reaching our goal we hope to remind the teachers how fun teaching and learning can be.  When children are having fun while learning it is a win/win for everyone involved.

Next, what are we going to do.  Low income schools will receive 3 events per year for children PreK to 2nd Grade. The teachers will also receive follow up activities for after “Early Risers” leaves.  The schools pay nothing for these services.

For more information on Early Risers go to www.sarahickmanstopsecretscience.com

Stay tuned for more about the movement.  If you want to read about Waiting for Superman, Monday’s Oprah episode or Bill Gates opinions on the topic click on the links below.

Waiting for Superman

Oprah

Bill Gates

National Play Doh Day!

September 18, 2010 is National Play Doh Day.

To celebrate we are going to share our play-dough recipe with you.

You will need the following:
1 1/4 cups Flour
1/4 cup Salt
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Elmer’s Glue
1/2 cup Water
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring

  • In a bowl mix 1 1/4 cup of flour with 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 cup cornstarch.
  • In a second bowl mix 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of glue and 1/2 cup water.
  • Color the glue with food coloring.
  • Knead everything together until smooth.

Enjoy!  Happy Play Dough Day!

What’s Going On?

So what is going on at Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science?

Today has been a great day here at the laboratories! We went to visit our Kindercare friends today. We found out why oil floats on water. It is “because oil can stand on top of the water because it weighs less.” – 4-year-old girl.  She was right, well sort of. Oil floats on water because it is less dense, or weighs less.

We have also put our birthday party information on our website.  So, be sure to check that out!  Schedule your birthday party now before the dates are all gone!  We would love to party with you!

There is a ton of other information at the website as well!  Such as, information on our in-school laboratories and our “Early Risers” program. The website is www.sarahickmanstopsecretscience.com.  Go there check it out and let us know what you think!

Happy Science-ing!
Sara