Posts Tagged ‘invention’

Thomas Edison’s House and Laboratory

This weekend my husband and  I went to Thomas Edison’s estate Glenmont in West Orange, NJ. This was not his home when he invented electricity, but a massive laboratory sits at the bottom of the hill. The laboratory will reopen from renovations fall 2009. Here are some highlights of the afternoon, as well as a slide show of all our pictures at the end of the post.

Outside Edison's HouseOur picture just before the tour started.

Edison's House: GlenmontThe back of the house with the beautiful lawn.

Edisons Porch LightsThe large porch lined with lights.

Edison's LaboratoryEdison’s Laboratory. We couldn’t go inside because of renovations, but it opens again in the Fall 2009.

Edison's graveThomas Edison and his wife are both buried on the property.

To see other interesting parts of our visit (including a portrait of the Lord Kelvin), check out this slide show.

Happy 4th of July!

In honor of the 4th of July, here are 4 fun science links:

4th of July Science Projects is a list of 10 great ideas for homemade patriotic science fun! I especially like the Black Snakes recipe because it’s so much fun to light them and watch them squirm and wiggle!

Steve Spangler recently published an experiment on how to make Colored Smoke Rings in honor of Independence Day. So cool!

You can make Exploding Bubbles when you check out this NPR special. Theodore Gray explains how to mix hydrogen, oxygen, and soapy water to make really neat explosions. He’s also the author of the book Mad Science, which I’m adding to my wish list; it’s all things that go bang!

For some reason when I think of cool things related to the 4th of July, the second thing that comes to my mind after fireworks, of course(!), is a potato gun. If you’ve never used one, you’ve got to try it! SpudTech is a website where you can purchase potato guns, but it is always way cooler to build your own.

Crazy Creme Egg Contraption

Just found this neat video courtesy of

Things To Do with a Cadbury Egg

Solar Ovens

A friend just sent me this article from CNN about a dad and his daughters making a solar oven.

What a cool project!

Since it peaked my interest, I found a website to make your own solar oven.

If you do decide to make one with your class (or at home!), here’s a list of solar oven recipes.

More Science Games

Just found a great website with all sorts of online science games and “adventures”. The site also includes online and offline science experiments!!!

Check it out HERE!

Young Scientist Competition

Middle School Science Challenge

Do you have what it takes to be America’s Top Young Scientist? Discovery Education and 3M are looking for a few great students to inspire us with their enthusiasm for science, so show us what you’ve got! Create a short (1-2 min.) video about one of this year’s scientific topics and YOU could win a trip to New York City to compete in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finals.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the premier national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8. The Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science communication. In 1999, Discovery Communications launched the competition to nurture the next generation of American scientists at a critical age when interest in science begins to decline.

In 2008 3M joined forces with Discovery Education in a quest to nurture the next generation of American scientists with an innovative and interactive science program open to every middle school student in America. Over the last ten years, more than 600,000 middle school students have been nominated to participate in the competition, and winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
Now is your chance to participate! Visit
Young Scientist Challenge for details.

Semifinalists (up to 51 – one from each State and the District of Columbia)
$250 Cash
Plaque for Middle School
Plaque for Student’s Teacher

Finalists (10 – chosen from the Semifinalists)
An all expenses paid 2-night, 3-day trip, in late Sept., early Oct. for the student and ONE parent/guardian to New York, NY.
A YSC Medal
Special YSC finalist apparel
A chance to win various prize trips (in the past we’ve sent students to Space Camp, on a trip with Rangers at a National Park , etc).

First Place
All of the above (except for the $1,000) PLUS
$50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds (Cash value $25K)
A trophy
The title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”

Science Fair Project Gone Wrong

Bomb Squad Destroys School Science Project

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland bomb squad destroyed a science project Saturday after they received reports of a suspicious package.


Authorities said a box with a wire and screws sticking out of it was found at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Southwest Capitol Highway. A note posted on the box said, “Do not touch.”


Police called in a bomb squad as a precaution. The bomb squad then blew up the device, but later learned it was a school science project.


A suspicious package in Woodburn also turned out to be harmless Saturday. Police received reports of an unusually-placed box Saturday morning at the Telecare Recovery Center. Three houses were evacuated before the bomb squad declared the package safe.

Article can be found in full here.