Beer Science

One of the presentations that will be at the first Southern Kentucky Science Fest is a Science of Beer presentation at a local business. This morning I happened to get an email asking about experiments that can be done with beer for kids. (I remembered we also have 6 cans left in our fridge from a party 3 years ago that will never be used!)

Making clouds in a Glass of Beer:
When you sprinkle salt in beer a cloud of bubbles forms!  When created beer is supersaturated with CO2 and then sealed.  The bubbles are formed as the salt which is pitted causes the beer to release the CO2.  You can try dropping other things in the beer also to see how many bubbles form.  This is the same type of chemical reaction as dropping Mentos in soda.
Making Clouds in a regular glass:
Set some ice on a small metal dish. Warm a glass by pouring a bit of hot water over it. Allow the metal dish to get really cold. Set the cold dish on top of the glass and watch as a cloud forms along the top. Water droplets should soon form, showing how hot and cold air create condensation, just like rain.

I did some searching and happened to find this book. I don’t have it, so I can’t offer a yeah or nay on the book.

 

The Science of Beer will be held May 1 at Liquor Barn in Bowling Green KY for the SoKY Science Fest.

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Southern Kentucky gets a Science Festival!

Southern Kentucky is getting a science festival! The plan is for it to be a yearly event! This is an event for the community and the local university to come together and celebrate science.

It’s kicking off with a talk highlighting the centennial of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity (April 30 at WKU):

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett’s Relativity Tour kicks off the 2015 SKy Sci Fest with a free of charge public presentation: “Black Holes Don’t Suck! – An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Relativity Theories and Why They Matter”

May 2nd at Circus Square in Bowling Green from 9 to 5 will be a day of science fun! Featuring food, music, art, entertainment and chances to explore & discover the world through science. Attend stage performances and booths hosted by community organizations, individuals, businesses, and vendors.

See more information or sign up to participate at: http://skyscifest.com

General Relativity talk

The multi-day festival will include everything from the science of beer to rocket science! Though it has been in the planning stages for months it is just now becoming reality and so they are collecting vendors, volunteers, demos and more!

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Adventure Time Game Wizard (Review)

Normally I would say that Adventure Time has no real educational value, but Adventure Time Game Creator? Kids can draw their own game layout and then import it into their game… Though they aren’t coding a game per say, they are definitely more interactive than some games.

What is Creator?

Finn and Jake face an all-new villain: Doodle Wizard! Play for hours in Adventure Mode, or make your own adventures! You can DRAW YOUR OWN GAMES! Use the Doodle Wizard’s secret glyph language to design custom video games. You can draw your games on paper and scan them in, or make mathematical levels directly in the app! Instantly turn your level design into a playable game!
(Cartoon Network)


Game Wizard Video on Youtube

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Minecraft Development

Available Today! I am so buying this!

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MIP Robot

For Christmas a MIP descended upon our house. For the price I was really hoping it would have some educational properties and maybe it does. So far I haven’t been able to justify the cost. The MIP is a robot that you can control with hand gestures or your phone.

We got the white one, but I’m linking the black here. The MIP has modes that can be chosen – everything from Roam to Dance (even a battle mode if you have two). So far my son has taken my phone and made ours wander around following his finger, he has figured out the hand gestures for the few times I took my phone back, and I have made it dance. A friend visiting figured out the battle mode and making it pretend to shoot at people with fake sounds (yes that caused lots of children to scream in our house).

It comes with a tray to carry small objects (stack mode). It does have a really cool ability to balance on it’s two wheels making it almost bipedal (biwheelal?)

BUT, for the price interest in our house was very short lived and I still need to find the educational value….

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