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Saturday, June 21, 2014

STEM-filled Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  
It's during summer break, 
so that means families have lots of time together today to celebrate learn.

Why not use Summer Solstice to do a fun STEM activity together today?

Read a Book

The Summer Solstice
Start the day with a picture book about the history and science of Summer Solstice.

Make a Sundial
You don't need elaborate materials to make a sundial.  In fact, you can do it with sticks and rocks.  
If you want a more permanent sundial, your kids can paint numbers on pavers.  

Engineer a Solar Lamp

Tap the power of the sun in this easy engineering project.  
You might even have the required materials at home already.  
All you need is a mason jar, landscape solar light, and tape.  
Bonus: this solar lamp is GREAT for taking with you on summer camping trips!  
Watch this video for instructions.

Wrap up your STEM-filled Summer Solstice with some stargazing.  
Don't know the names of constellations?  No worries!  Your phone probably does.  
Click here for a list of great apps for android.

Become a Junior Ranger

Did you know that kids can become a junior ranger, right from their back yard!? Yep, the Night Explorers Junior Ranger unit is designed to be done anywhere. Back yard, camping, you name it!
Click here to download the activity guide.

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