Science

Should you sign your child up for a research study at Dalhousie University?

Should you sign your child up for a research study at Dalhousie University?

Ever consider participating in one of those research studies for kids at the Early Social Development Lab​ but hesitated because you weren't sure what it was REALLY all about?

I've got the scoop on everything you could ever want to know about how it works, the commitment required, privacy questions, and if they REALLY hook your kid up to machines (spoiler alert, NO!!! 😂😂😂). Also another spoiler alert, my kids always have a wonderful time and walk away with a fun prize.

Making Clouds: Weather Experiment Inspired by Frankie MacDonald

Making Clouds: Weather Experiment Inspired by Frankie MacDonald

This month's book club is weather related which was a lot of fun for us! Our favourite weather forecaster, Frankie MacDonald, and local author Sarah Sawler worked on this book together. After reading it we were inspired to do a weather experiment by creating a cloud right in our own home. Read on for how to do this simple and fun experiment with your kids AND your chance to win a copy of the book!

Be A Night Detective Evening Scavenger Hunt & Constellation Scratch Art: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

Be A Night Detective Evening Scavenger Hunt & Constellation Scratch Art: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

Be A Night Detective by Peggy Kochanoff encourages children to explore the natural world around them. It answers all those questions that kids ask us which, let's be honest, we adults really don't know the answers to (why don't lightning bugs get hot like light bulbs? Are shooting stars really stars falling from the sky?). To explore the book further we created a night time Scavenger Hunt and constellation scratch art for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club that we're sharing with you today.

A Harbour Seal in Halifax: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

A Harbour Seal in Halifax: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

A Harbour Seal in Halifax is our pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month. This book is based on a true story from March 2015 and our virtual book club guide has a science experiment, a seal stuffy, a silly song and snack ideas.

If You Beelieve...The New Discovery Centre Will Come

Every time it pops. Every time I visit the Discovery Centre I want to get that bubble up and over my head and every time it pops JUST before it's there. Maybe I'm an inch too tall, maybe I'm too eager, maybe I'm just not meant to be trapped in a bubble, but whatever the reason, I must try. Every time. And every time it pops.

The bubble exhibit is the most popular one in the current Discovery Centre but it's about to get some competition. A new Discovery Centre is being built and it's going to be bigger and better and not just for kids any more (though, honestly, I'm pretty sure adults have as much fun as the kids in the current one). It's going to be a legit STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) centre that will benefit our generation and future generations to come. It will have state-of-the art permanent exhibits as well as a great space for travelling exhibits. I can't wait to take the kids - and myself - there.

They have launched a campaign for the public called beelieve - a nod to the way honeybees work together to achieve a common goal - and there are lots of fun ways to contribute.

Hopefully they will still have the bubble room so that someday I can achieve my goal.

Read more about it in my article in September's issue of Business Voice magazine, and learn about how you can beelieve, by clicking here.