Name the Next Mars Rover

21 01 2009

NASA is holding an essay contest for kids to name the next Mars rover. Go to NASA’s website to get details about the contest and learn more about Mars spacecraft!


Shrink Your Carbon Footprint

22 10 2008

Earlier this summer we talked a little about the carbon footprint and about how you can go to this website to measure your own carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is a measurement of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that you use each day. These greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon dioxide, are produced by doing things as simple as watching TV or riding in a car!

The smaller your carbon footprint the better because huge carbon emissions can be harmful to the environment. By using less energy, you can shrink your carbon footprint, save money, and best of all, make the environment a healthier place. To learn more about how you and your family can conserve energy each day go here and play California’s Flex Your Power Challenge!


Here are some ways that you and your family can shrink your carbon footprint:

1. Drink tap water instead of just buying bottled water.

2. Turn off the lights, the computer, or the television when you aren’t using them.

3. Take a bath instead of a shower.

4. Replace your ordinary light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

5. Take the bus or ride your bike instead of riding in a car.

6. Hang your clothes to dry instead of putting them in a dryer.

7. Make sure to recycle!


In the Austin Children’s Museum’s new exhibit, “All Systems Go,” you can learn more about energy by participating in the Energy Lab! You can also learn about different modes of transportation that produce different amounts of energy! Can you think of any other ways to conserve energy? Send us your ideas!

Race to the White House!

10 10 2008

Did you know that this November 4th will be a very important day? That is because it is the day that a new President of the United States is chosen! The presidential nominees for 2008 are John McCain and Barack Obama.

 In the month before the election we are going to be getting you excited about the presidential race! Do you know how someone becomes president in the first place though? It may be more complicated that you think!

The educational website, BrainPOP Jr., has a great video about the president’s roles and how the President of the United States is chosen. The site also offers tons of great activities, like drawing your favorite president, writing an acrostic about the president, vocabulary words, and even fun presidential jokes! Best of all, you can print most of the activities if you don’t want to do them directly on the computer!


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